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I have been seeing a chiro that I love for about 3 years. He used to adjust my low back by having me on my sides and twisting but I started to have a mini "Blackout" when he did it once my belly started getting big. My vision would just go black for second. He has since switched to using a drop table-I lay on my stomach(his table adjusts to make room for my belly) and he presses down on my hips. When he does this the lower part of the table drops down. He uses quite a bit of force and it just feels weird to me because I know that the baby is right down in that area and has to be feeling that. I let him know it kind of freaked me out and he assured me that it is perfectly safe for the baby but it just seems wrong to me. I do really trust this Dr. and he is very popular in my area and see lots of pg women. He let me know that if I continue to feel uncomfortable with it he would try something else. Just wondering how your chiros adjust your low back or if anyone else is using the drop table.
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Mine uses the Gonstead system, which I think is gentler than you describe. She has never been forceful with my hips or pelvis. To adjust my pelvis, I lie on my back and she feels my pelvic bone and gently presses where it's off. My hips are ok right now, so she doesn't mess with those. My main area of concern is in my neck, which she does similarly to my pelvis. She feels of it gently, and then lightly presses to move things back into place. She never twists or cracks anything.
If you're uncomfortable with your chiro and the methods he uses, and especially if you're having blackouts, I would definitely advise looking for someone else. It is very important for your chiropractor (or any healthcare specialist) to listen to you and your concerns. If he's neglecting your feelings, you should definitely consider finding a new chiropractor.

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I absolutly HATE those stupid drop tables. They don't work for either my or DH. We have switched chiro's a couple times because of those.

My mom's chiro said they aren't good for you and can really screw up your back, I have no idea how accurate that is.
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My first chrio did all the adjusting while you were seated (the Ortman Technique - - I guess they're world famous - at least that's what everyone has told me. They were just the ones in the next town to me!) All their adjusting was done just with thumbs along the spine/hips. Honestly, it worked a little at first and then stopped working for me.

My new chiro will do manual adjusting if need be, but she prefers not to during pregnancy because of how loose the ligaments are and she doesn't want to over adjust. So she uses this thing that looks like a fat hypodermic needle with a thick, rounded tip. She places it up along my spine (I'm laying, belly-down, on the drop table and I LOVE it! She bought it when she was 8 months pregnant and said she tried every one that she could find until she found the one that was most comfortable) and "clicks" it to get things back into place. I will say that the treatment along my tailbone is extremely painful to me DURING the treatment, but I feel so much better after the fact. The pain lasts all of about 30-60 seconds. I seriously couldn't be happier than with this chiro!
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I used the drop table for a few months, but for the last couple I've been sitting and lying on my side. My chiro is low-force, it usually feels like I'm getting a massage.

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I am a chiro and work specifically with pregnancy moms. The drop table that you talk about actually very safe. The only thing you need to get used to is the sound. The table allows the doctor to use less force and use the speed of the table to adjust you. If you feel that he is adjusting you hard, you can ask him to use a lighter thrust. I am currently 8 months pregnant (32 weeks) and my husband, also a chiropractor adjusts me this way. It is wonderful and I have had a very asymptomatic pregancy due to my regular adjustments. This absolutely does not harm the baby
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My chiro uses the drop table and I absolutely love it! I never feel any pain and no big 'oomps' while being adjusted.

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Thanks everyone. I think I am just going to ask him to either try something a little gentler. He is very receptive and listens to me so I feel pretty good staying with him as a provider.
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Mine used the drop table for about the first half of the pregnancy, and then when it got to the point that we needed to prop the middle of the table up to allow room for my tummy, she went to using the drill-like tools on me for adjusting my sacrum. She still uses the drop table for stuff not near the baby - like adjusting my neck and such. And she uses the drop table for adjusting my femur (oh that helps SOOOO much!) - I lay on my back for that, although she has repeatedly said that if it was uncomfortable, she'd switch to using the tools. I think the drop table works better than the tools though, so I prefer to use the drop table until it gets too uncomfortable.

I don't think my chiro switches to tools because the baby will get injured by the drop table, but rather because she doesn't want ME to be uncomfortable. And she was preg when I started seeing her - had her baby in August. So she has recently been through all this for a 3rd time, and she sees tons of pregnant women in the area.

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