and now, i have decided to go the chiropractor (i've never been?!) this afternoon to get it fixed because it's really killin' me. i mean, this is to the point that i'm sick to my stomach from pain, and i have a massive pain tolerance. :
so, i called my insurance company and i have a $500 deductible for chiropractic services! yikes! i have to go because not one position is comfortable, but i'm just so frustrated that my insurance is so not friendly. as well, i'm a little nervous about going to a chiropractor when i'm pregnant. anyone else ever gone while with baby? :
You do NOT want your pelvis shifted significantly after 16 weeks, though that shouldn't affect your shoulder too much. Some chiros may continue to do "regular" adjustments later in pregnancy but from what I've heard from my prenatal chiro, it's not recommended.
You may be a bit sore afterwards since you've never been before, but they should tell you about icing if you are sore. If it's really tender it may be painful for just a second during the adjustment, but should ease up immediately thereafter.
I've had shoulder issues, back, pelvis, you name it! And it is SO worth it! (Though consider seeing a massage therapist if there is muscular stuff going on, too.)
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
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And since it's due to the work thing, will your work cover the visit?
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For sure find someone who has prenatal adjustment experiance and obviously tell them right up front. Most Chiros will not adjust until they have you x-rayed and examed those x-rays. This is where you may run into a little trouble b/c we're not supposed to get x-rays while pregnant.. I believe
You also used the word torn.. so I wonder if it isn't muscular problem. Do you have a massage theropist you can speak to?
Good luck and I really hope you feel better.
Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010
thank you all for your great advice!
he adjusted me entirely as i apparently have a problem with my right side in general. lots of things that shortened my leg. so he fixed all of those (i have sciatic issues) which was great. he actually sees mamas through their pregnancies has he has a table with a drop out for the belly to fit into! that was exciting. he adjusts infants and children as well. looks like i chose wisely!
he's a gentle chiro, so there was only one bit of cracking/popping, and that was to fix my shoulder. the rest of it was with a little metal adjuster thing that didn't hurt at all.
he gave me an ice pack to deal with the swelling and tenderness, and though i slept terribly last night from the pain, i strangely feel better all around. so yay for that.
unfortunately, i work for a very small company, and i don't want to bother with all the paperwork of workman's comp as the expense isn't as great as i thought it would be. i just couldn't be bothered.
i have another appointment on friday, but i'm going to see how this one feels before i commit to going to it.
thanks again for your words and information of support!
Glad your chiro appointment worked out!! I am starting to go next week it will be my first time too! I am hoping it helps with my horrible back pain I have while I am pg. We are paying out of pocket.
my shoulder has healed in half the time it normally takes when i do this (usually a couple times a year), and the doctor is very conscientious about me laying on my belly as it's growing very fast at this point in the pregnancy.
we too are paying out of pocket (using my FSA that we had set aside for the midwife... but we have time to save for that!), but it's so worth it in my eyes just to have that little bit of comfort retained!