PREGNANCY & PEDIATRIC CARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREGNANCY & PEDIATRIC CARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREGNANCY & PEDIATRIC CARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many women suffer from musculoskeletal pain during and/or after their pregnancy, especially low back pain, with 50-80% of women reporting back pain during pregnancy and 50-75% during labor. Not wanting to take medication and unsure of what to do about their pain, many expectant moms just live with it. At the Oshawa Wellness Centre, we offer treatment options to support your pre & post natal healthcare needs.

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Reasons to see a Chiropractor throughout your Pregnancy:

Aside from improving your overall health and wellness, the treatments we offer to women during pregnancy help to alleviate and manage the following:

 

  • Neck & mid back pain
  • Breech presentation
  • Muscle aches & soreness
  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Joint pain

You know what they say; a mother knows best!

“All of my visits to receive treatment from Dr. Camastra have been exceptional. From the moment you enter the clinic, you are greeted by Kelsey who is fantastic on the administrative end (booking appointments, submitting claims to insurance, etc.). Dr. Camastra has treated me during pregnancy and in my post natal stage. I will continue to see her for treatments as I have seen improvements for the various issues I have had. She shows care and compassion. She is also very well versed in infant chiropractic care, and I feel so safe bringing my son to her. Dr. Camastra runs a GrowCo course designed for the physical rehabilitation of post-natal women, and I recommend this to anyone who has birthed a child. She is so knowledgeable and the course provides an opportunity to strengthen areas of the body that are affected in pregnancy and birth.”

Emily S.

 

“I started seeing Dr. Camastra when I was in my 3rd trimester. I was having extreme pelvic pain and she was able to help me through it while also providing useful strategies to get me through the remainder of the pregnancy.

15 weeks postpartum is when the Growco program started. Adhering to covid rules, each attendee wore a mask and kept 6 ft + a part. The classes were wonderful, not just in being able to be around other women, but the exercises, bedside manner and care that Dr. Camastra demonstrated was as professional as could be. She was so empathetic with us, and so great when my daughter was being fussy. Dr. Camastra again shared tips and accelerated exercises for when we feel stronger and more capable at home.

Having Dr. Camastra as my chiropractor and as an advocate for healthy healing these past several months has been very refreshing, especially during these hard times. A professional through and through!”

Lauren H.

 

“The GROWCO class was awesome! It was a great way to get moving and aid in healing postpartum. It was challenging without feeling overwhelming. I will definitely do it again after any future pregnancies!

Brought my 2 month old in for treatment as she was having difficulty feeding. Dr. Camastra was very gentle. I was able to see improvement in my daughter after just one treatment and continued treatments have made a world of difference. I HIGHLY recommend!”

 Kim V.

 

All of my visits to receive treatment from Dr. Camastra have been exceptional. From the moment you enter the clinic, you are greeted by Kelsey who is fantastic on the administrative end (booking appointments, submitting claims to insurance, etc.). Dr. Camastra has treated me during pregnancy and in my post natal stage. I will continue to see her for treatments as I have seen improvements for the various issues I have had. She shows care and compassion. She is also very well versed in infant chiropractic care, and I feel so safe bringing my son to her. Dr. Camastra runs a GrowCo course designed for the physical rehabilitation of post-natal women, and I recommend this to anyone who has birthed a child. She is so knowledgeable and the course provides an opportunity to strengthen areas of the body that are affected in pregnancy and birth.

Emily S.

I started seeing Dr. Camastra when I was in my 3rd trimester. I was having extreme pelvic pain and she was able to help me through it while also providing useful strategies to get me through the remainder of the pregnancy.

15 weeks postpartum is when the Growco program started. Adhering to covid rules, each attendee wore a mask and kept 6 ft + a part. The classes were wonderful, not just in being able to be around other women, but the exercises, bedside manner and care that Dr. Camastra demonstrated was as professional as could be. She was so empathetic with us, and so great when my daughter was being fussy. Dr. Camastra again shared tips and accelerated exercises for when we feel stronger and more capable at home.

Having Dr. Camastra as my chiropractor and as an advocate for healthy healing these past several months has been very refreshing, especially during these hard times. A professional through and through!

Lauren H.

The GROWCO class was awesome! It was a great way to get moving and aid in healing postpartum. It was challenging without feeling overwhelming. I will definitely do it again after any future pregnancies!

Brought my 2 month old in for treatment as she was having difficulty feeding. Dr. Camastra was very gentle. I was able to see improvement in my daughter after just one treatment and continued treatments have made a world of difference. I HIGHLY recommend!

Kim V.

Getting ready for your baby:

pregnancy, childbirth & beyond...

PRENATAL CARE 

Dr. Michelle Camastra is certified in the Webster Technique, a safe and gentle Chiropractic assessment and treatment that is used during pregnancy to reduce the effects of sacral and sacroiliac joint dysfunction in order to improve the biomechanics function of the sacrum and pelvis.

This technique helps to reduce tension in muscles and ligaments in the pelvic region that can cause restrictions on the uterus. Relieving physical stress on the uterus makes its mechanical environment as accommodating as possible, thereby optimizing the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in dystocia (abnormal labor or childbirth) and, therefore, results in easier and safer deliveries for both mom and baby.

Additionally, our clinic is equipped with unique tables and pillows to accommodate a mom’s pregnant body so she is exceptionally comfortable during her treatment. We also will discuss nutrition, stress management and exercises throughout the course of your care.

According to recent studies, women receiving Chiropractic care:

  • Have an easier pregnancy including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery and reduced need for pain medication.
  • In their first pregnancy, they have a 24% reduction in labor times and those giving birth for the second or third time reported a 39% reduction in shorter labor times.
  • Have a 50% reduced need for analgesics (pain medication) and report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care (84% of subjects in the study).
  • Have a significantly less likelihood of back labor (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back during labor).
  • Have become more comfortable breastfeeding (posture-wise).
  • Postpartum helps the woman’s body deal with the added stresses that occur as they care for their baby.

 

POSTNATAL CARE 

As a mother, you shouldn’t be expected to pay a lifelong price for giving birth. You deserve more than just a six-week checkup when it comes to recovery after childbirth.

At the Oshawa Wellness Centre, we provide a comprehensive postpartum checkup and treatment to help alleviate and overcome:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • C-section healing
  • Postural strains from breastfeeding
  • Rectus diastasis & core dysfunction
  • Low back pain & more!

For more information, or to book your postnatal assessment, contact our clinic at (289) 274 – 7880. 

PEDIATRIC CARE 

The birthing process can be traumatic, which can have negative effects on both mom and baby. At the Oshawa Wellness Centre, we treat babies as little as a few weeks old to toddlers for a number of various issues. Body work from a trained health professional can help with the following:

 

  • Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Acid reflux
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Lip & tongue tie
  • Tummy time
  • Torticollis

The care involved is very gentle. We use about the same amount of pressure that would be applied to check a tomato for ripeness.

Get to know Dr. Camastra

Dr. Michelle Camastra graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in June 0f 2016, realizing a goal she had since childhood of pursuing a career in preventative medicine. Dr. Camastra is a family Chiropractor. Her practice focuses on fertility, pre- and postnatal care, pediatrics, women’s health and family wellness care.

 

Throughout her studies, Dr. Camastra has pursued additional training to achieve certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Webster Technique, Pre & Postnatal Health & Rehabilitation, and Advanced Paediatric Techniques. She is very committed to supplementing her knowledge and expertise through futher continuing education. She believes strongly in educating and empowering her patients to help them return to active, health lifestyles.

 

In practice, Dr. Camastra integrates a combination of chiropractic manipulation, myofascial release, rehabilitation, acupuncture and patient education to optimize health and wellness.

Dr. Michelle Camastra BKIN, DC

PREGNANCY CARE FAQ

We’ve compiled a list of FAQ to address some of the most common questions that our clients ask us.
Is getting chiropractic treatment safe if I am pregnant?
Yes! Chiropractors are specially trained in the care of those who are pregnant. Fortunately, most people who are pregnant can receive chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is a natural alternative treatment that can help to alleviate pregnancy-related pain while also helping the body prepare for delivery, which can reduce stress on the day of the delivery. We utilize specialized techniques and pregnancy pillows that minimize uncomfortable pressure on your abdomen.
Are there targeted chiropractic treatments for pregnant people?

Physical changes that a pregnant person undergoes can cause pressure on the spine. The pelvis also has a chance of becoming misaligned as pelvic joints loosen up in preparation for childbirth. If the pelvis is misaligned, it can impede the baby from entering the correct position for delivery in the case of natural birth, this is a condition known as an intrauterine constraint and can lead to the Cesarean section. The Webster Technique, a chiropractic technique that helps maintain the pelvis and spine in proper alignment may prevent the need for Cesarean delivery. There are other benefits of going to a chiropractor when pregnant, including:

  • Fewer breech births
  • Less nausea
  • Reduced back and neck pain
  • Relief of muscle and joint pain
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved labor outcomes, which includes reduced time in labor and delivery