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Can someone help me here?<br><br>
I don't usually visit a chiropractor. Mainly because I had a bad experience with one 12 years ago, and I just haven't ever tried to find another one. I have a HORRID lower back, and I have treated it successfully with massage up to this point.<br><br>
That being said, about a month ago, I badly injured my lower back again. This time, I don't think massage alone will fix it. I think I need a good adjustment. (Everything is popping and cracking back there!) But I'm scared!<br><br>
I'm only about 5 weeks pregnant right now...... but I know I better get this back of mine healed before I start gaining more weight. I usually spend my last two months of pg with severe back pain, anyway...... I don't want to spend all 9 like that!<br><br>
Should I go to a chiro? Is there anything I need to fear? Am I just being silly (probably!)?<br><br>
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it's perfectly safe to see a chiropractor throughout your entire pregnancy. Better than safe, it will keep you healthier. I'd ask other mothers you know, or your MW who they recommend. Find someone who does more gentle techniques, and who has a lot of experience treating pregnant women. good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have been going to my chiropractor for nearly 5 years, and I love it! He adjusted me all the way through my last pregnancy and is adjusting me again this time. He is gentle and helpful, and makes me feel so much better. He has experience with pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic, and has also adjusted my DD and DH. It is worth your while to seek out a GOOD chiropractor. Maybe ask for recommendations on your tribe. There are a lot of bad chiropractors out there, but a lot of good ones as well. Good luck!
 

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My Chiro was also my childbirth educator, so she was gentle and aware of the changes in my body.<br>
Call around and ask some questions to different chiros in your area.<br>
I had the Websters technique done in the last few months of pregnancy to keep my pelvis open and aligned so baby could turn.
 

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I know a lot of people are scared of chiropractors...I see one that uses an activator - a little device that the chiro holds to adjust you without grabbing and cracking. It's very gentle and can even be used on babies. She is all set up for pregnant women and even has a special pillow...sooo comfy....<br><br>
You might also investigate where your doc has graduated from, and how often they want to see you. I specifically looked for a DC that had graduated from a local, evidence-based, very reputable chiropractic school that my brother also graduated from. No offense, but I stay away from anyone who wants to see me 3x a week, tries to scare me regarding need for lots of visits, and doesn't give me exercises to do at home for self-help. And I avoid those who charge a lot of money and want to set me up on a payment plan that would rival my student loan debts. I see mine 1x a month (and I have scoliosis) or once every 2 months; and in the last month of pregnancy, 1x a week, because I am more uncomfortable. But it feels SO good after you go, if it's a good one.<br><br>
Good luck! PM me if you want the name of the college that I'm talking about (and there are a few others that are great too, in the same vein as this one).
 

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I had back probs from lack of self care during pregnancy and first two years. I worked with a chiro who was recommended, but never got sustained relief. I ended up doing exercises for strength from a physical therapist and, with PT encouragement, accupuncture to increase circulation and get through the pain.<br><br>
Just a few other options to consider.
 

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I've never been to a chiro (I'm too scared). I've had a lot of success with treatment by an osteopath for my back problems. It is so gentle!
 

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I completely agree with flying spaghetti mama. If someone wants to see you a million times, and not teach you self care, then keep looking. If you're looking for very gentle, besides activator (which i don't personally use a lot... it works wonderfully for some, just not my fave) look for someone who uses CranioSacral Therapy. I use it a lot on prengnant mothers and newborns.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you're looking for very gentle, besides activator (which i don't personally use a lot... it works wonderfully for some, just not my fave) look for someone who uses CranioSacral Therapy. I use it a lot on prengnant mothers and newborns.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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And I agree with chiromama - my chiro also uses craniosacral at times; and I've gotten it through a massage therapist. Great stuff. We also had craniosacral done on our colicky daughter and it helped SO much.
 

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Thanks so much for all your advice, ladies.<br><br>
I had a bad experience with a chiro (who came highly recommended) who asked me to see him once a week. I would go in feeling great and come out barely able to walk for 2-3 days. I was thinking "no pain, no gain" but after a month of this I quit and haven't been to one since.<br><br>
I've had a bad back for years, and have treated it with strengthening excerises for my abdominals and frequent therapeutic massage. But I just can't beat this particular back injury.<br><br>
Thanks for the info. I think I'll call around and see if I can find someone who works on lots of pregnant women!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks so much for all your advice, ladies.<br><br>
I had a bad experience with a chiro (who came highly recommended) who asked me to see him once a week. I would go in feeling great and come out barely able to walk for 2-3 days. I was thinking "no pain, no gain" but after a month of this I quit and haven't been to one since.<br><br>
I've had a bad back for years, and have treated it with strengthening excerises for my abdominals and frequent therapeutic massage. But I just can't beat this particular back injury.</div>
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That is so awful! Once a week is a LOT unless you have major issues, i.e. you were just in a major traffic accident. I see mine 1x a week for right now, because I asked HER for that frequency of visits...last month of pregnancy, finally started having low back pain. But after the baby is born, we'll go back to the 1x/month or 1x/2 mos. I always leave feeling amazingly better than when I walked in...you were right to stop seeing that bad chiro if you felt worse.<br><br>
You might also try prenatal yoga, once you get fixed up. That's helped me in between my monthly visits, or skipping a visit.
 

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I've only just started going to a chiropractor during this pregnancy. My chiro specializes in pregnancy. He uses an activator, which others have referred to. I haven't had any troubles with it. I didn't have much in the way of back pain, instead I'd describe it as though my back felt <i>tired</i>. After a chiro visit, my back stopped feeling tired, and the feeling lasts for a few weeks. I was referred to him by my midwife. See if your midwife/OB has any specific recommendations.
 
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