OK, so I've been having some mild back pain, and moderate glute pain that I had before I became pregnant. I've always felt like I could use an adjustment, but my insurance won't cover it so I put it off. Well, now that I'm in the 3rd trimester I feel like I should probably deal with it, in hopes of having everything nicely aligned for labor.
I haven't been to a chiro since I was a kid, so I'm kinda not sure what to expect. Also, as of right now babe is head-down, so I'm not necessarily interested in the Webster method. I looked on Yelp and found two local chiros who had really high reviews, and when I checked out their websites (http://www.chiropracticwest.com/ and http://www.venicefamilyfriendlychiropractic.com/)
I was drawn to the former because it looked more like a spa-like environment and I'm looking to pamper myself. The first place charges $125 for the first visit and $74 thereafter. The second charges $100 for the first visit and $75 thereafter, so not a big difference.
So I called to make an appointment and they couldn't see me for 2 and a half weeks, and then I would have to see the main doctor's assistant for my first visit, with the promise that thereafter it would be Dr Pear. That was disappointing. So I called the second lady and she could get me in the very next day, and she also had a yelp deal running where the first visit was half off! So I jumped on that. She also said that since I'm paying out of pocket she will reduce her subsequent visits to $50 as well, which is great because we are on a budget.
Well, I've seen her twice and I'm not sure that it's helping much, or that it is what I'm looking for. The visits are short, about 30 minutes. She kind of manually stretches me out, adjusts my neck and lower back by putting me on my side and twisting me like a pretzel. She also has this gun-like tool with a rubber-stopper end that she uses to thump different areas, not really sure what that's all about.
I do have to say that the occasional headaches I was having prior to my visits have disappeared, but my lower back and glute pain have not. It sometimes feels better for a day or so before going back to normal. She has said that my pelvis is out of alignment (and I've been told by a sports massage therapist pre-pregnancy that my right leg is slightly shorter than my left, which she confirmed.) She told me that it's not necessarily an alignment problem that is throwing the pelvis out of balance, but an issue with tight muscles through my glute/piriformis which is tightening my IT band. So maybe I need to see a prenatal massage therapist more than a chiro?
I have been considering checking out the first chiro to see if there is a difference. According to the yelp reviews, they use heat therapy and ultrasound (though probably won't do that for pregnant patients?) and also that the appointments last an hour and they often utilize massage as part of the therapy. My current chiro doesn't do any of that (but she's cheap!)
So this whole long-0winded post is leading up to this question: Should I pay $125 to see the first chiropractor? Or Spend a little less (probably $70-80) for a prenatal massage? Should I continue to see the current chiro, though I'm not really convinced it is doing much? I've only seen her twice, maybe that's not long enough to see real results?
Thanks for reading this far, and for any advice or insight!
(the above is my 3 year old DD's contribution to this post!)