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Chiropractic

I know many of you have been to a chiropractor or are heading there soon (myself included). I have been hearing lots of stories lately from people saying that they had extremely easy labor and delivery and attribute it to prenatal chiropractic care. Have any of you had experience with this? Am I getting my hopes up that regular visits to the chiropractor might help me have an easier birth?

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I seem to be the only person I know who is VERY wary of chiropractors. I went to one that many recommended when I hurt my back. The adjustments caused tremendous pain. I am 100% convinced that his adjustments to my hip ultimately caused my disc to rupture, requiring spinal surgery. Can you try massage and support belts first?

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I went a lot when I was pg with DS but it didn't help me at all during labor and delivery. However, maybe it was because I didn't go there for that specifically? I went for lower back pain. I did do a prenatal massage for delivery at about 36 weeks but again, that didn't help either.

Perhaps you have to specifically ask for a treatment plan targeting those goals.

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

I went a lot when I was pg with DS but it didn't help me at all during labor and delivery. However, maybe it was because I didn't go there for that specifically? I went for lower back pain. I did do a prenatal massage for delivery at about 36 weeks but again, that didn't help either.

Perhaps you have to specifically ask for a treatment plan targeting those goals.

I have no idea. I was told that keeping everything aligned just helps the baby to come out easier. Who knows? It's probably bunk...but wishful thinking.

I am not really afraid of going. I have been going for years and never had any trouble. At this point, my back hurts and I need it, whether it makes labor easier or not.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

I seem to be the only person I know who is VERY wary of chiropractors. I went to one that many recommended when I hurt my back. The adjustments caused tremendous pain. I am 100% convinced that his adjustments to my hip ultimately caused my disc to rupture, requiring spinal surgery. Can you try massage and support belts first?

Nope, I'm with you on this! I wouldn't go to a chripractor if it was my last option on earth. I would rather go get manual physical therapy. They adjust the muscles around the bones, rather than the bones themselves. Seems much safer to me and I have had GREAT results with this. I would highly recommend manual physical therapy for adjustments....

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"mlle_carrie" wrote:

I have no idea. I was told that keeping everything aligned just helps the baby to come out easier. Who knows? It's probably bunk...but wishful thinking.

I am not really afraid of going. I have been going for years and never had any trouble. At this point, my back hurts and I need it, whether it makes labor easier or not.

You can keep things aligned without going to a chiropractor! I have several physcial therapy exercises from both a physical therapist and a midwife that are keeping my hips and pelvis perfectly aligned, and eliminating my back pain. I shared one of the alignment exercises in the general chat thread on here. I'm happy to re-post if you are interested! You can do them at home in less than 5 minutes with the help from your DH....

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I just got home from the chiropractor. Smile I love her, she is Webster-certified (specific techniques meant for pregnant women) and has birthed 3 babies of her own including one homebirth. I always like it when a practitioner has been in your shoes and knows what it's like to be pregnant and uncomfortable, and understands the goal you have in mind (a smooth, natural childbirth). And her treatments helped me tremendously during my second pregnancy. So I'll be seeing her regularly till birth I'm sure.

As for whether or not it helped my birth process, I believe it did. My DS had a tendency to want to turn posterior, but with regular adjustments we were able to prevent him from doing that. During my labour I "stalled" at 3 cm and my MW determined that was from his head being malpositioned (again, he was probably trying to turn). She had me do some exercises to get his head to turn. It worked, and he was born no problem. I know how malaligned I was before the last few weeks of pregnancy, so I believe that if we hadn't done anything like chiro treatments, he could have easily stuck in a posterior position and that would have certainly caused a more difficult birth.

So I wouldn't say that chiro treatments will ensure an easy birth, but I do think they can prevent some potential problems. Would the same effect have been achieved with massage and physical therapy treatments for malalignment? Maybe, it's quite possible. But I am comfortable with chiro care so that's the route we went.

"sugspop" wrote:

You can keep things aligned without going to a chiropractor! I have several physcial therapy exercises from both a physical therapist and a midwife that are keeping my hips and pelvis perfectly aligned, and eliminating my back pain. I shared one of the alignment exercises in the general chat thread on here. I'm happy to re-post if you are interested! You can do them at home in less than 5 minutes with the help from your DH....

I'd love to read about those exercises if you don't mind! Biggrin

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I would be happy to see them too, if you don't mind reposting....might take awhile to find it on the general chat thread. LOL.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

I seem to be the only person I know who is VERY wary of chiropractors. I went to one that many recommended when I hurt my back. The adjustments caused tremendous pain. I am 100% convinced that his adjustments to my hip ultimately caused my disc to rupture, requiring spinal surgery. Can you try massage and support belts first?

Me too. I went after a car accident and I hurt worse. Started going to a physical therapist and that was much better!

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I have found incredible relief from chiropractic work, but I am not surprised to hear some have had bad experiences. I have seen a bad chiropractor who did NOTHING to help me and basically just stole my money, and my new chiropractor who is a lifesaver!!!!!! I had horrific migraines earlier in pregnancy that were brought on by neck issues I've struggled with for years. I guess being pregnant brought out more of the pain. Unlike my previous doctor, she was able to finally, FINALLY fix my neck and my migraines have disappeared. I am so thankful.

I'm also going to go more often as I get closer to delivery...last time I was in, she showed me a model of a pelvis and manipulated it so I could see the size difference in the birth canal when you are aligned and when you're not. It was HUGE...I want to make sure I do everything to stay aligned, lol! I'm interested to hear those exercises too Smile

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Sure, happy to re-post. This is just one of the many short stretches and exercises I have been shown, but this one seems to help me the most!

And, for the record, nothing against chiroprators. I'm sure it works great for a lot of people. My DH goes pretty regularly and he loves it! It's just not for me nor my preferred methods.

OK here goes:
You lay on your back with your knees in the air. First you put your heels together and point your toes out. Have your DH come and wedge his elbow on the inside of your knees. You take a deep breath and while you exhale, he provides resistance and you squeeze your knees toward each other as HARD as you can. Do this 3 times. Then have him move his elbows to the outside of your knees. Keep your feet the same, breath in and squeeze your knees outward for the breath out as hard as you can and then release at the end of the breath. Do that 3 times. Then, change your foot position and point your toes in and your heels out (toes touching). Do the squeezing against your DH outward 3 times again on the breath out.

Does that make sense? Let me know if you have q's. Seems so simple but it has been a true miracle adjustment for me and I feel immediate relief. My midwife recommends a short, slow walk around the house after the adjustment. Smile

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I went a couple weeks ago because after giving birth to DS1, something happened that triggered sciatic nerve pain. It comes and goes, but being pregnant with DS2, it was becoming more and more frequent. She did one session-- about four tweaks-- and although I was sore the next day or two, as she warned me I would be, things have been really great since. We agreed that since there was a chance of DS2's birth throwing me out of whack again, it wouldn't make much sense to do a whole lot at this point in time, but what we did do was great.

On a side note, she herself is due in Nov, and she mentioned getting herself adjusted on a weekly basis by one of the other chiropractors at her clinic.

But I'd love to see the physical therapy exercises for those of us following along at home. Blum 3 --edit--thanks!

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I am a firm believer in chiropractic. When i was expecting my DS, 5 years ago, I was getting regular adjustments once a week. At 36 weeks I was told my son was in breech position and would most likely not turn at that stage. My chiro worked on me using the Webster method and by 39 weeks my son was head down and stayed that way until delivery day.

I see my chiropractor once a week still and I feel it is beneficial for me.

Good luck with making your decision about seeing one!

BTW..I had my DS adusted the first time at 1 week old and he also gets adjust about once a month.

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I do think that Chiropractic can be helpful, but I am also very skeptical.

I went to a Chiropractor about half a dozen times last pregnancy and I do think it helped.

I seem to have issues with hip pain during pregnancy and sometimes he can move things back into the right position, but this time around the treatments weren't particularly effective.

However, since I have a curve in my back and I don't think about going to the Chiropractor until I'm pregnant and can't get Xrays, he feels somewhat limited and can't always figure out how I need to be adjusted.

I definitely don't think the chiropractic adjustments were at all helpful for my labor, which was long, but he did mention that if I had a problem with the baby being in the wrong position (which I didn't) he might be able to turn her.

I think I'm going to go for a massage in the next month or so. I'll bet that will help. I sure wish my husband would massage me more *sigh*

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I've been having horrible back pain every since the start of this pregnancy. When I brought it up to my OB at my appt this week, she said the best thing to do for it is some prenatal yoga. I'm gonna give it a try, maybe you should too!