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I know symphysis pain is common in pregnancy. It seems when baby is laying transverse it hurts A LOT! Thank God he's head down again!
But I also have this lovely sacral pain as well... its so bad that it hurts to sit, even on the softest, most posturepedic material. And since I have to sit at work, it makes my day pretty painful. Then I go to bed at night, and its the same pain. Exercising helps tremendously, as does hot showers. But I can't get up and abandon my desk at work as often as I'd like to in order to feel relief.
So, my question is how safe are chiro adjustments during pregnancy? I've always been scared of the chiro, mainly b/c I've never been able to stomach the sound of bones crunching.. Also, I am at risk for PTL, and I'm not sure if there is a way that manipulation of my spine could cause it. I've heard that certain pressure points on your foot can cause uterine contractions, what about the spine?
Any info would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone can share a similar experience that would be great as well.
I had SPD & severe sciatica during my 2nd pregnancy and I went to the chiro twice a week for about 6 mos. There were days that I literally couldn't even walk into the office, but was able to walk out without any pain. I don't know what I would have done without chiropractic treatment during my pregnancy. Definitely go to a reputable chiropractor that has experience adjusting pregnant women.
If I were you I would be getting regular remedial pregnancy massage, it is wonderful to help with pregnancy pain and discomfort. I am currently studying remedial massage and as long as you see a fully qualified therapist who is trained in pregnancy massage and are past your first trimester it is perfectly safe.
to everything. I had SPD when preggo wtih DD. It was horrible pain and the only way I made it through it was the chiropractor. I've been seeing a chiropractor since I was about 12. But finding the right one is key!
It's really funny that I just hopped on this board because...I am actually a chiropractor! I've treated a lot of pregnant patients and almost all of them got significant relief from being adjusted. Pregnant people are actually really easy to adjust (you don't have to use much force). This is do to the fact that your body releases a hormone that loosens all the ligaments in the body. The goal of this hormone is to relax the ligaments in your pelvis so that they will stretch more during childbirth-a side effect is that all the ligaments of the body relax making it easier for your pelvis and spine to slip in and out of place. My suggestion for finding the right one is to look for a female. I know it sounds sexist but IMO, they are more in tune with the female body. Also, if you are nervous about the "cracking", you can find one that uses techniques that aren't manual adjusting (using your hands). There is an activator (it looks like a little pogo stick) and also people that use "Drop Peice" adjusting which uses your body weight and a break away peice to adjust. Call around and ask which technique the chiropractor uses or tell him/her that you're uncomfortable with the cracking and they will use a different technique (if they don't, go somewhere else). Most chiropractors, myself included, use a variety of techniques depending on what the patient is comfortable with and what is best for the patient's body type. Good luck! Let me know if you have any specific questions.