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Women have most of the same health concerns that men have. But women face many health problems unique to them or that more often or more seriously affect women. Our doctors have always recognized this and have developed and provided a wide variety of treatment options specifically suited to women's health needs. As a result of this most women tend to have a heightened awareness of their physical condition and are accustomed to seeking help from health professionals.

We have been shown to lessen the discomfort of dysmenorrhea and chronic pelvic pain. Numerous back disorders that strike women are addressed and remedied daily, all over the world, we are skilled in treating those problems and in improving their patients' capacity to cope and to improve. Great numbers of women rely on us because of the caring interaction that develops between patient and doctor and because of our effective combination of expert diagnosis, soft tissue therapy, exercise and nutritional guidance, and lifestyle counseling.

Our team of highly skilled physiotherapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and chiropractors will work together alongside you to help make a plan and rehabilitate you back to your normal everyday self.

We have a whole team of therapists at our locations to fit your needs. We can help begin the process to getting better and to strengthen the body. We invite you to our Streetsville and Port Credit  clinics, or give us a call for a free consultation. Your health is our top priority!

 

What should I know about pregnancy and labour?

There are few things in life that put more stress on your body than pregnancy. Your body must adapt to posture and weight changes with each passing month and commonly the uncomfortable result is lower back pain.

Many women have come to accept that back pain accompanies pregnancy and menstrual cycles. But it shouldn't have to. Your body was made to compensate and adapt naturally to pregnancy and if you are experiencing aches and pains, something else is wrong and needs to be addressed. Not just for you, but for your developing and growing child as well.

Pregnancy - a woman's body experiences a period of rapid changes (shape, hormonal and loose ligaments). As a result, the body becomes stressed. Many women develop upper back pain, lower back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors have special tables which expand to allow pregnant women to lie on their stomach. The special tables in conjunction with specific methods geared to the pregnant woman, will allow safe and proper chiropractic treatment up to labour. In a study by JM Daly, 91% of pregnant women studied reported pain relief as a result of regular chiropractic care while pregnant. Through regular chiropractic care, women can benefit from proper nervous and body system function so important to fetus development. Specific chiropractic adjustments are now shown to be preventative measure and treatment for toxemia.

Labour - A 1977 Harvard Medical School study discovered association between use of epidurals to relieve pain and maternal fever during labour and/or sepsis (an infection) in newborns, requiring antibiotics. Is having your newborn subjected to antibiotics when their immune system is still fragile a good idea? Finding a way to decrease discomfort experienced at childbirth thereby decreasing utilization of epidurals can be not only healthier for the mother, but healthier for her child.

Multiparous women (pregnant 3 or more times) -Were shown to have a 39% shorter labour time to those receiving chiropractic care in a study by J Fallon in 1991. Other studies show that standing or squatting during delivery provides the fewest problems for both mother and baby (including few forceps delivery). Many women under regular chiropractic care, visit their doctor on their way to the birthing center or hospital for a chiropractic treatment.

Symptoms of Pregnancy and Labour

  • Strong Contractions.
  • Lower Back Pain.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Nausea.
  • Vagina Releasing Blood.
  • Absence of Periods.
  • Enlarged Breasts.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Swelling.

Causes of Pregnancy and Labour

  • Sexual Intercourse.
  • Water Breaking.
  • Low Oxygen Levels for The Baby.
  • Infections in the Womb.
  • The Baby Having an Abnormal Heart Rate.

Treatment of Pregnancy and Labour

  • Seeking Professional Medical Care.
  • Physiotherapy to Strengthen Muscles.
  • Acupuncture to Relieve Any Pains in the Body and for Relaxation.
  • Massage Therapy to Relieve Any Pains in the Body and for Relaxation.
  • Chiropractic Care to Correct Posture.

Preventing Pregnancy and Labour

Some preventative measures include:

  • Using a Condom When Having Sexual Intercourse.
  • Abstinence.
  • Hysterectomy.
  • Birth Control Pills (consult a doctor).
  • Male Sterilization (consult a doctor).

 

If you would feel pain during pregnancy, or want to strengthen your body in preparation for pregnancy and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

What are some tips for anti-aging?

With science finding ways to increase human longevity, ever-greater numbers of older people will be trying to cope with age-related complaints and enjoy not just a longer life, but a healthier one.

As we age, our bodies naturally change and become more prone to certain health problems. From middle age on, most of us may experience unpleasant alterations in our skin, eyesight and hearing, teeth and digestion, which we associate with old age. Loss of hair, memory and sex drive are expected, and feared, signs of aging.

Worse, older people are far more likely than younger individuals to develop such serious disorders as arthritis, osteoporosis, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure, hernias, thyroid and kidney problems, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and various forms of cancer.

Everyone should be concerned about how the aging process affects them and their loved ones, including their older friends and relatives and even their children – whose longevity and wellness when they are older may depend to a great degree on how their health is protected while they are young.

Our clinic philosophy and practice are ideally suited to helping older people live longer and healthier lives. Because chiropractors are committed to health maintenance, preventing disease, and promoting lifelong wellness, they can give members of the aging population the health care they need for continued longevity and an enhanced quality of life.

You probably know of men and women in their seventies or older who look, feel and act years, even decades, younger than they are. That's how we all want to be: as active and vital as we've been in our thirties and forties. Research has shown that chiropractic treatment and guidance in nutrition and lifestyles helps reduce your vulnerability to the damaging and debilitating aspects of growing older.

Our doctors enables you to remain active, permits your joints, muscles, and nerves to function appropriately, free of pain that could prevent you from remaining active, feeling fully alive and more youthful, even as your age increases.

Symptoms of Aging

  • Hearing Loss.
  • Diminishing Strength and Endurance.
  • High Blood Pressure.
  • Diminishing Vision.
  • Memory Loss.

Causes of Aging

  • Aging is unavoidable, however there are things you can do to decrease the effects of aging.

Treatment of Aging

  • Acupuncture.
  • Massage.
  • Exercise More on a Regular Basis.
  • Eat a Healthier Diet.
  • Ensure Enough Nutrients are Taken.
  • Be Social.
  • Spend More Time With Friends and Family.

Preventing Aging

Some preventative measures include:

  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Ensure enough nutrients are taken.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Find relaxing methods.
  • Ensure enough sleep.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be happy.

 

If you would like to feel younger and better and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

What is breech fetal position?

Many women may discover their fetus is in an improper or breech position.  Breech (feet first) or transverse lie (fetus is in an angle in the uterus). After the seventh month of gestation, if a fetus is in this type of abnormal position, it can be subject to biomechanical stress leading to vertebral subluxations. Any abnormal biomechanical stresses to the vertebra may cause abnormal development of cartilage structures (which eventually become boney).

A doctor trained in evaluating and treating pregnant women for breech fetal positioning can treat the patient with good results (97% successful).  This is a safe method, not only for mother but for the fetus and normal positioning of the fetus usually occurs within 4 to 5 visits. When the fetus is in a normal position, it’s chances of developing properly in the uterus, greatly increase.

Symptoms of Breech Fetal Position

  • There are no known symptoms, an ultrasound can be done to find out what position the baby is in.

Causes of Breech Fetal Position

  • If the woman has several pregnancies.
  • Pregnancies with more than one baby.
  • Amount of fluid in the womb - More fluid means higher chance of movement.
  • An abnormal uterus shape.

Treatment of Breech Fetal Position

Breech fetal position can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Moxibustion therapy.
  • External Version.
  • Inversion.
  • Chiropractic Care.

Preventing Breech Fetal Position

Some preventative measures include:

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Regularly sit in a tailor style position.

 

If you suffer from breech fetal position and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.



What should I know about infertility?

Infertility or reproductive problems are often treatable. Most people aren’t aware that male infertility is as common as female infertility. Causes of infertility include certain diseases and aging. However, infertility treatment with infertility drugs and high-tech procedures gives many women the chance to have a baby.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 106,000 Americans die per year due to the proper use of prescription medications, which emphasizes the value of natural, drug-free therapies. With regard to infertility, studies in the U.S. and abroad are showing promising results for the use of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in dealing with reproductive health matters. It's being shown to be safe, effective and non-invasive compared to standard medical approaches. Ask your doctor for more information.

One in six to ten couples experience problems with fertility.

Our infertility treatment is a highly effective method for people who are healthy, but unable to conceive. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are gentle and effective. Many women do not require fertility drugs or medically assisted reproductive techniques, yet they go through months of physical and emotional agony, not to mention the financial burden.

Symptoms of Infertility

  • not become pregnant after 1 to 2 years of trying.
  • "trying" means having unprotected intercourse an average of three times a week.
  • "absence of periods" is called amenorrhea.
  • secondary dysmenorrhea is pain caused by a disorder of the reproductive organs.
  • having miscarriage

Causes of Infertility

  • Infection.
  • Scar tissue.
  • Adhesion.
  • Defect at Birth (Genetics).
  • Inflammation.

Treatment of Infertility

  • Acupuncture.
  • Fertility Drugs (consult a doctor).

Preventing of Infertility

Some preventative measures include:

  • Avoid smoking.
  • Avoid chemicals.
  • Avoid radiation.
  • Avoid STIs.
  • Maintain a stable healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat nutritious foods.

 

If you suffer from infertility and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

What is menopause?

Menopause usually affects women between the ages of 48 to 55. Menopause is not a disease, but is a normal physiological transition in a woman’s life from a reproductive stage to a non-reproductive stage. The main problems a woman is likely to experience with varying degrees of severity during menopause are: headaches, tiredness, lethargy, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, depression, insomnia, inability to concentrate, hot flashes, vaginal dryness and sweating.

Menopause is part of the natural aging process. At the time of menopause a woman’s body no longer produces sufficient blood to sustain a monthly period without overly draining her system. Therefore, the body in its wisdom redirects the downward flow of blood and energy from the heart to the uterus. The flow of blood and energy is directed upward to nourish the spirit.

Symptoms of Menopause

  • Irregular Periods.
  • Sweating in The Night.
  • Becoming More Moody.
  • Losing Hair.
  • An Increase in Weight.
  • Inability to Concentrate.
  • Loss in Plumpness of The Breast.

Causes of Menopause

  • Menopause is caused by age, as a female gets older, the body does not produce sufficient blood to sustain a monthly period.
  • Chemotherapy.
  • Surgery.
  • Hysterectomy.

Treatment of Menopause

  • Acupuncture.
  • Hormone Therapy (consult a doctor).

Preventing Menopause

Some preventative measures include:

  • Avoid a Hysterectomy.
  • Ensure a Healthy Diet.
  • Ensure a Healthy Lifestyle.
  • Ensure Avid Sleep.
  • Exercise Regularly.
  • Maintain Blood Pressure.

 

If you suffer from menopause and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.



What is premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is characterized by many irritations  in the days before a woman’s monthly period. The severity of these symptoms can range from mild to incapacitating and may last from a couple of days to two weeks.

It has been estimated that three of every four menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome, and it is more likely to trouble women from their late 20s to early 40s. Between 10-20% of all women experience symptoms that are severe or even disabling.

PMS is thought to be a side effect of hormonal changes during the monthly menstrual cycle and can be made worse by stress, decreased serotonin levels in the brain and subluxations in the low back.

Let us help you regulate the way your body responds to the hormonal changes that precede menstruation, several studies have shown that chiropractic or acupuncture can help decrease many of the symptoms of PMS without the potential side effects of prescription drugs.

Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

  • Mood Swings.
  • Swollen Abdomen.
  • Headaches.
  • Back Pain.
  • Food Cravings.
  • Fatigue.
  • Irritability.
  • Depression.

Causes of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

  • Overwork.
  • Improper Diet.
  • Depression.
  • Changes in The Brain.
  • Emotional Strain.

Treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

  • Nutritional Therapy.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Antidepressants (consult a doctor).
  • Hormonal Contraceptives (consult a doctor).

Preventing of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Some preventative measures include:

  • Exercise Regularly.
  • Ensure a Healthy Diet.
  • Proper knowledge on Diet.
  • Relax.
  • Try Herbal Remedies.
  • Chart Your Symptoms.

 

If you suffer from painful menstruation (dysmenorrhoea) and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

What is post partum?

Post partum there are many physical and emotional demands are placed on the mother throughout her labour. A woman's body generally makes it's recovery in the 6 weeks after the birth but symptoms may persist or develop after the initial recovery period. We can help replenish and restore the balance in a woman's body and is effective in treating the following post partum conditions:

  • Post Partum Depression.
  • Insufficient Breast Milk or Not Flowing.
  • Incontinence.
  • Haemorrhoids.
  • Abdominal or Back Pain.

Due to the abnormal stress that the mother’s body goes through during childbirth, frequently the upper back musculature becomes tight, interfering with proper nerve flow to the breasts. Our post partum treatment to the midback area following delivery, can allow the breast milk to flow properly, decreasing frustration for the mother and increasing the breast flow to the baby. By breastfeeding, the child has an opportunity to receive natural immunities from their mother allowing them to experience improved health. Regular care in new mothers can relieve back discomfort associated with reduced sleep and lifting the new baby.

Symptoms of Post Partum

  • An Overwhelming Feeling.
  • A Lack of Connectedness With Your Baby.
  • Feeling of Sadness.
  • Lack of Concentration.
  • Abdominal Cramps.
  • Haemorrhoids.
  • Back or Abdominal Pain.
  • Difficulty Urinating.

Causes of Post Partum

  • Physical changes - After giving birth, there is an immediate drop in hormone levels.
  • Emotional Issues - Being sleep deprived, or feeling overwhelmed.

Treatments of Post Partum

  • Psychotherapy.
  • Antidepressants.
  • Acupuncture.

Preventing Post Partum

Some preventative measures include:

  • Ensure avid sleep.
  • Always tell family members and friends what you are experiencing.
  • Attend group services with other expecting or already mothers.
  • Ensure your well-being.
  • Do not consume alcohol or drugs.
  • Learn Relaxing Mechanisms.
  • Exercise Regularly.

 

If you suffer from post partum and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

How can pre-birth acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture can provide physical and emotional support to a woman during labour, birth and the immediate postpartum period. Pre-birth acupuncture refers to a series of treatments in the final weeks of pregnancy to prepare women for childbirth.

Research has shown pre-birth acupuncture treatments can reduce the duration of labour by over 2 hours and midwives have also reported their patients have a reduced rate of medical intervention during the birth. As a result there is greater satisfaction with the mother's birth experience.

Acupuncture treatments before birth are aimed at helping prepare the woman’s cervix and pelvis for the birth. Treatment can also help address medical conditions associated with pregnancy such as hypertension, heartburn, insomnia and haemorrhoids.

If you would like pre-birth acupuncture and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

What is Irregular menstruation?

Most women will have missed or irregular period at one point or another — some with anticipation of a pregnancy, others because of anxiety or tension. At the clinic, we see women who menstruate like clockwork, while others report never having had a regular period.

When we are under stress, regardless of the source (danger, personal relationships, work, environment) our adrenal glands are designed to secrete the hormone cortisol. Cortisol has a direct impact on the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA. Eating disorders, dieting, drug use, and reliance on stimulants like caffeine and alcohol are also interpreted by the body as kinds of stress. Poor nutrition seems to physically change the proteins in the brain so they can no longer send the proper signals for normal ovulation.

Acupuncture can help balance the menstrual cycle, regulate the menstrual flow and ease pain.  It may also help with symptoms associated with PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), for example, irritability, headaches, bloating, breast tenderness, emotional sensitivity and depression.

Symptoms of Irregular Menstruation

  • Pain between periods.
  • Unusual heavy bleeding.
  • Fever.
  • Abnormal odours from the vagina.

Causes of Irregular Menstruation

  • Medication.
  • Hormone imbalance.
  • Medical conditions.

Treatments of Irregular Menstruation

  • Decrease stress.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Acupuncture.

Preventing Irregular Menstruation

Some preventative measures include:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Decrease stress.

 

If you suffer from irregular periods and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.