Pregnancy & Female Care

Acupuncture for Fertility

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness in over 40 common disorders, including stress and gynecological disorders. Fertility acupuncture can help support hormone balancing and play a key role in stress reduction. It can help restore fertility in the patients by improving the sperm quality and ovaries function and balancing the endocrine system and hormones. Acupuncture as a treatment for infertility can be beneficial for both men and women. Book an appointment with Dr. Le to see how acupuncture can help both you and your partner.

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

Acupuncture is a natural, safe and effective treatment modality to support you during your pregnancy. Each treatment, Dr. Le uses acupuncture pregnancy points tailored to your individual needs and concerns.

First Trimester : Weekly acupuncture treatments are recommended until week 12 of your pregnancy. Acupuncture can help prevent miscarriage, manage nausea and vomiting, increase energy, prevent constipation and bloating, and reduce anxiety and help with sleep.

Second Trimester: Treatments are recommended every 2-4 weeks, depending on individual needs. Acupuncture can help maintain health and prevent common pregnancy symptoms such as back pain, hip pain, cramps, stress, pelvic pain, sciatica, indigestion and insomnia.

Third Trimester: Weekly treatments for preparation for birth from week 36-40. Acupuncture may help optimally position the baby, prepare the cervix, boost energy reserves, reduce anxiety, calm your mind and manage fluid retention.

Fourth Trimester: Weekly treatments at 2-4 weeks postpartum are recommended to help increase milk production, prevent post natal depression, restore energy and support the healing process. Then monthly follow-up treatments are recommended.

Acupuncture can help reduce symptoms of:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • indigestion and heartburn
  • anxiety and stress
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • constipation
  • circulation problems, swelling and heaviness in the legs
  • back, sciatic, abdominal and pelvic pain

Acupuncture for Preparation of Labour

Acupuncture sessions in the last month of pregnancy are intended to sooth anxiety, relieve fatigue, and prepare the body for birth.  The goal is to ensure that the pregnant woman reaches term in good physical and psychological condition. Weekly acupuncture sessions from 36 weeks on are recommended to keep the mother feeling as comfortable and well rested as possible. During these sessions, the focus is on preparing the body and mind for a positive birth experience. After the due date at 40 weeks, treatment can be as frequent as every other day to avoid the need for medical induction. If you have an induction planned, acupuncture based labour induction can be useful one week before the scheduled induction date. The focus of the treatments is to promote uterine contractions.

Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective practice during pregnancy. There are many hormonal and physical changes experienced during pregnancy, some of which will have an impact on your posture and comfort. These physical changes can lead to a misaligned spine or joints. Regular visits to a chiropractor during your pregnancy can address these issues. Prenatal chiropractic treatments can start at any time during pregnancy. As your body continues to grow, chiropractic treatments can help ease pain in your neck, back, hip and pelvis. Dr. Le performs soft-tissue and gentle adjustment techniques to help align your pelvis and spine, which may lead to an easier labour and delivery. Regular chiropractic care, along with massage therapy can help manage any discomfort in your back, hips and joints, and reduce stress. Massage can also increase blood flow and keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency. Our registered massage therapists are trained in prenatal/pregnancy massage.

Physiotherapy for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy involving internal and external assessment, and treatment of weakened or imbalanced pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor muscles are located between the hip bones and the sacrum, and they serve to support the pelvic organs including the bladder, colon and uterus. You may benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy post pregnancy, or if you have any type of pelvic floor dysfunction such as urinary incontinence or sexual dysfunction.

Acupuncture for Menopausal Symptoms

Menopausal symptoms are common and depending on their severity, can have a major impact on quality of life, health and well-being, as well as productivity. A 2019 research study among women dealing with moderate to severe symptoms, acupuncture was associated with reductions in hot flushes, excess sweating, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and skin and hair problems.