Pregnancy is a time of many changes. Your body is required to rapidly adapt to the new biomechanical stresses placed upon your muscles, joints, ligaments and nervous system. Research has proven the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care on the prenatal body. Whether its pelvic discomfort, sciaitica, rib pain, carpal tunnel, labour prep or an overall wellness check, Dr. Bilodeau is passionate about making your pregnancy comfortable and pain free. Dr. Bilodeau is Webster Certified and offers a variety of adjusting techniques to emphasize comfort in her prenatal treatments.
The pediatric treatment and assessment is vastly different from that of an adult. This is simply because their bodies are different from the adult body! Pediatric chiropractic is a gentle technique, where the pressure used is often described as the same pressure you would use to comfortably place your finger on your eyelid (try it out!). Infants are often brought into chiropractors when there is a noticeable favouritism for the child to look one way. Asymmetrical head rotation may even be noticed by the flattening of their head on one side. Difficulty latching while breast feeding can also be assessed by a chiropractor. In order to feed efficiently, your infant must have the ability to biomechanically fully extend and rotate their neck to both sides, as well as fully open their mouths wide and symmetrically. Through the Pediatric Intraoral Palate Specific Technique, Dr. Bilodeau can also perform an intraoral exam to check for jaw tightness and proper palate formation.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Having certifications in Active Release Therapy, Dr. Bilodeau recognizes the importance of releasing tight musculature surrounding your joints. Myofascial release is a manual therapy that targets not only your muscles but your tendons, ligaments and fascia. The patient is often guided through specific movements to help facilitate release of tight tissues that may be contributing to your condition. Soft tissue therapy aids in improving mobility, blood profusion and local tissue healing.
Dr. Bilodeau is trained in a variety of adjusting techniques to adapt to the individual patients needs and comfort level. When our joints along the spine are restricted, they present with pain and inflammation. Spinal manipulation is an effective modality to decrease joint restrictions and improve range of motion, function and pain levels. Dr. Bilodeau utilizes the most up to date research to determine when spinal manipulation is warranted through individualized orthopedic examination and palpation for every patient.
Taping is a beneficial modality that offers proprioceptive feedback to your brain. This means that the sensation of the tape on your skin helps to remind your brain where your body is in relation to its surroundings. Taping also offers improved lymphatic drainage as the tension on the tape gently lifts the top layers of your skin facilitating fluid movement and healing.