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As the end of this pregnancy comes closer, I have tremendous back and pelvic pain. HOrrific. Pains me to walk (I look like I'm arthritic or something)......etc etc.<br><br>
My midwives suggested chiropractic which I *think* I could get into this week (knock on wood). But I also began thinking about getting a massage from a woman who does pregnant ladies. I've never done a chiro adjustment before so I have no feeling about it either way. I have done pregnancy massage and it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HEAVENLY. I was sooooooo relaxed and felt so wonderful for DAYS.<br><br>
So........WWY spend your money on? A massage or an adjustment? And why?
 

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Honestly? Both.<br><br>
Perhaps you could find a chiropractor with a massage therapist in his/her office, and work out a financial deal with them?
 

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My vote is the same - do BOTH if you can.<br><br>
If you can only pick one - I'd probably opt for the chiro. Because for me, it helped correct the actual issue (misalignments) where as massage was only pain relief at the time (heavenly though it was <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )
 

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IF I had to choose one I'd choose a chiro. My chiropractor has a family practice and has a lot of experience w/ pregnant women. Also most insurance companies will cover your chiropractor nad all you would need to pay is your co-pay that way maybe you could get both! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My $0.02....do both. It's not good for you, or your babe, to be in so much pain.<br>
But I totally agree with LizaBear that seeing the chiro can help fix the problem, whereas the massage will be wonderful but only for pain relief. So if you have to choose, go with the chiro. I've been seeing a chiro with this pregnancy, for hip pain, and it has helped sooooo much. Now I understand what people are always raving about with chiropractics. And it's really not too expensive, especially compared to how much an hour-long massage can be.<br>
Hope you find some relief!
 

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Another vote for both if you can swing it.<br><br>
If I had to choose just one, I think I would go with chiro. As someone else said, that will help to alleviate the problem, more so than massage, IMO.<br><br>
And...I know not all do this but my chiro does massage as part of the reatment. She does like 10 minutes of massage to warm up my muscles and then adjusts me. It's heavenly!!!<br><br>
Good luck mama!<br><br>
~Erin<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
PS ~ Does your insurance cover chiro at all? A lot of them cover 12 visits per year.
 

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Just chiming in here as a massage therapist,<br><br>
It depends on what the problem is...chiropractic will help with whatever is misaligned, but it could throw the surrounding muscles into spasm...which could be even more painful. At this stage of pregnancy, I wouldn't want you to risk becoming even more sore. Of course...I'm also not a huge fan of chiropractic...The ten minutes of massage they do isn't really going to do anything, its more to prepare the muscles and get you to relax before the adjustment.<br><br>
My vote is go get the massage, and have them do some damn accupressure on you...see if that can get things going...
 

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I am a chiropractor so with that in consideration I would do chiro IF you had to choose. Both are wonderful but if you truly have a misalignment it is also affecting your nervous system which can affect the position of your baby, your duration of labor, your ease (or lack of ease) in labor, intrauterine constraint that may cause problems in labor, etc. Not to mention the growth and development of your baby as well as your own overall health and well-being.<br><br>
Having said that, as a chiropractor I utilize chiropractic, massage AND acupuncture throughout my pregnancy, and before and after my pregnancy. They all have wonderful therapeutic effects. Hopefully you won't have to choose and can do both.<br><br>
Good luck!<br>
Cheryl<br><br>
P.S. a good website to check out on pregnancy and chiropractic...<br><a href="http://www.icpa4kids.com" target="_blank">www.icpa4kids.com</a>
 

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If I had to choose - adjustment! I have had misalignments and have noticed a tremendous improvement in my physical comfort. I've been seeing a chiro since early March, 3 times a week, and now 2 times a week (end of April).<br><br>
Up till Jan, I was seeing another chiro and only once every two weeks... within 2-3 days, my lower back hurt again... so for me, switching to a new person (who was better) and starting out with frequent adjustments, really helped!<br><br>
My insurance pays for most of it (I just pay a copay of $18 - pretty cheap compared to a massage.)<br><br>
I've never been a big fan of massage therapists. I guess I'm so tense and their hard massages just never felt good to me. I suppose it's a matter of finding the * right * but I'm sick of looking, because every time I try, I'm disappointed.<br><br>
BUT - I have a friend who is a massage therapist... and I will ask her to come to my house first week postpartum for a nice home massage. I will have deserved it.<br><br>
I'd love to find a good one though. I can see how it can be beneficial to muscles, blood flow, circulation, etc...
 

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Chiropractic...... it can help with the baby's position and labor. Think about it, if your bones are out of alignment, everything is connected, Spine, hips and pelvic bones. You need those pelvic bones "right" to easily get that baby through!
 

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Definetly both if you can swing the $$$. The chiro will put you back in allignment and the massage will relax you even more. I'd do it in that order also.<br><br>
Enjoy
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> Which reminds me, my <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> chiro said that of all the pg mamas she's treated, they've never had breech babies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
And of the breech mamas who came to her late in their pregnancies (and were successfully turned), only a few would not turn for underlying reason (placenta location, etc...).
 

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I'd go with the chiro, too, if I had to choose. (I could always soak in a bath tub if I needed muscle relief afterward.) Although, a massage is always a wonderful thing!
 

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I'd go with a chiro., followed up by a massage to work out any remaining tension. I've been seeing chiropractors for years, and I find the technique which is least forceful, and least manipulative, and keeps me holding for a looong time is nuca. Look into this in your area! It's wonderful, and so gentle.
 

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Isn't there a technique for breech babies? I think its called the Webster technique or something like that...<br><br>
I hope I didn't offend when I said I'm not a huge fan of chiropractic. I just meant that its not for me. I think it works really great for people and all...it just freaks me out to have my bones cracked, although I always have my arms, elbows and wrists adjusted. I guess it just freaks me out to have my back and neck adjusted.<br><br>
It would be best to have both, yes. They definitely compliment each other, thats for sure. Chiropractic will help with all the things mentioned above. Massage will be good for relaxation, balancing energy, excess fluid and swelling, alleviating joint pain,as well as soothing sore & stiff muscles. There are even certain accupressure points that are said to help promote contractions (although they never worked for me). Additionally, your baby will benefit from those deep feelings of relaxation.<br><br>
If your knees are very stiff or sore, try soaking in tub of warm sea salt, or applying heating pads to them. I have terrible knees and this helped a lot for me during both of my pregnancies.
 

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man o man just reading this makes me feel a bit better!<br><br>
my midwives recomended a chiro but he's not covered by my insurance so I think on monday, if I'm still preg, I'll call around and see what I can find thats covered that maybe has a massage therapist attached to it...........I never even really thought of doing both!!!!!!!!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T I'm going to share a story.<br><br>
I'm 35. I've had "bad knees" all my adult life. I used to live in NYC and it was more of a problem there. My knees THROBBED anytime I spent too much time walking during the day or on my feet. DH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hat"> was alarmed... he didn't think this was "normal" for a young person. I never took pain killers for it. I just accepted it and tried to forget about it.<br><br>
Last summer I started taking my son to a chiro and mentioned my knee pain. I finally made the realization (after a week trip to NYC where I was walking A LOT and again - knee pain) that my feet were not pointing straight forward. My left foot pointed to 10 o'clock. When I tried to correct it (walk with feet straight) I could feel the ligaments in my knee twist and OUCH!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> I can't believe I never made the connection!!!!<br><br>
Anyway, she said my hip was out or something. After just ONE adjustment (for that) the pain NEVER, EVER returned. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"> I'm eternally grateful! Obviously, my problem was skeletal in nature and a "knee specialist" (or worse - surgery) would not have been the solution.
 

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I'm chiming in with another "both if you can swing it" vote. My triple whammy - chiropractic, massage therapy, and yoga - works wonders for me. I don't often get all three, but when I do it's heavenly!<br><br>
My chiropractor is very careful to be gentle right now. No vigorous anything. But I still feel tons better after an adjustment.<br><br>
My favorite massage therapist lives an hour and a half away now, so I'm not seeing him right now. The drive would negate any positive effects! I've found a massage therapist who does prenatal treatments, but she just isn't quite as good. So I have only been twice.<br><br>
Yoga helps keep everything running well once it's back in alignment and relaxed. I love my prenatal yoga class!<br><br>
Best of luck to you!
 

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Just another Chiro chiming in here.... Muscles attach to bones, so if you get one worked on and not the other, problem probably won't be resolved.... go for both, and I hope you feel better!
 
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