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I've been doing a little research on the pros and cons of seeing a chiropractor while pregnant, does anyone have suggestions/stories/ input on seeing one? How it helped your pregnancy or made it worse. Considering seeing one but would like other opinions. I'm currently 27w


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I go to a chiropractor fairly regularly, but when I got pregnant, I could tell my normal chiro wasn't well prepared to continue working on me. I researched chiropractic care during pregnancy and spoke with my care providers and determined that a Webster certified chiro would be the best option. I found one nearby and I am so grateful I did. I had SPD and the Webster chiro cured it. I went from barely being able to walk to walking miles. When your SI joint is out (which often happens in pregnancy) it puts all the strain on the front of your pelvis. Webster chiros also are trained to help your body and baby get in best alignment for birth. Good luck!

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Saw one did hip pain and I only wish I'd gone sooner! Helped me sleep. Also got everything in line for the birth. Which I'm especially thankful for because I had a very long pushing from a baby with a fused skull suture.

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Also saw her pp and she adjusted my sins jaw which was affecting nursing one side. All pain was gone even that night!

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I see one regularly for SPD I feel

So amazing after but notice I need more. My office is chiro/pt so I do rehab with the tech trying to get my squat count up for labor. Actually I see a few pregnant women there and I get to stretch or the tech stretches me we do a lot of exercise ball routines for rehab. All k can say is I feel amazing and my ins covered a maternity belt which I love to use when I walk around my neighborhood. Do your research and find someone experienced and good

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I just started going to a chiro because I've heard the benefits are amazing. I've gone twice already (I'm 25 weeks) and I can already tell a difference. Prior to going my entire back and hips were killing me. I figured it was from being on my feet all the time at work (I'm a nurse). After seeing my chiro I haven't had any hip pain and my back pain has decreased significantly. I found a chiro who specializes in pregnancy. He also has helped me with my nutrition and recommending things that will help during my labor. My baby isn't breech but if your baby is breech your chiro can help turn the baby into the right position that is optimal for labor too.

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I work for a chiropractor and get adjusted 3x a week from the beginning. I have never heard any complaints or "cons" from other pregnant patients. I even have my son adjusted to keep ear infections under control. He is 2 but saw the doctor for the first time at 10 days old just to be checked.

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I go to the chiropractor. I've got pain from an old injury in between my shoulder blades that he helps to relieve. Also, sciatic pain is terrible and going to see my chiropractor has helped tremendously.

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I've been seeing a Chiro that specializes in pregnancy, birth, babies, etc. from the very beginning. I see her about 2-3x a month starting from week 5 and I'm currently week 21. I can't tell you if it's 100% solely from the Chiro because I'm a FTM but I've had the easiest, painless pregnancy ever! No morning sickness, no big pains. There was a couple weeks of bad headaches and a few times here or there of bad tailbone pain or aches in certain ligaments (feet and back) but nothing has lasted more than a couple days and I really think the adjustments have a lot to do with it!

I love seeing all the moms in there getting adjusted, some right up until their due date and then baby comes in right away and gets adjusted. There's always kids and pregnant women getting worked on. Oh yeah and my Chiro is 34 weeks pregnant herself! (She's having someone help while she delivers). If anyone is in San Diego I'm happy to share her info!!

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I went at 36 weeks to help flip a breech baby. I saw a chiro that specialized in prenatal care, and he helped flip my baby in just one session AND I felt like I was carrying the baby completely differently and more comfortably.

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I started seeing one because my baby was breech, he turned the night of my first appointment, at 32 weeks. I continue to see her, weekly the last couple months. Helps so much with back pain, hip pain, and helps get pelvis aligned just right for optimal chances of a successful vaginal birth. I am going for a VBAC so whatever I can do to help my chances of NOT having a C section again, I will do!

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What are the negatives of chiropractic? ›

Serious complications associated with chiropractic adjustment are overall rare, but may include: A herniated disk or a worsening of an existing disk herniation. Compression of nerves in the lower spinal column. A certain type of stroke after neck manipulation.

What do chiropractors do for pregnancy? ›

Not only can routine chiropractic care help manage pain in your back, hips, and joints, it can also establish pelvic balance. That can provide your baby with as much space as possible over the course of your pregnancy. This may lead to a faster, easier labor and delivery.

How many times a week should you get adjusted by a chiropractor? ›

A common regimen for a neck or back injury may look something like this: Weeks 1 and 2: 3-4 chiropractic adjustments each week. Again, this is merely a sample adjustment schedule and yours could be more or less frequent.

Can I lay on my stomach for chiropractor while pregnant? ›

Special pillows and/or tables allow pregnant women to lie on their stomach for treatment.

How long does toxic release last after chiropractic adjustment? ›

How Long Does Toxic Release Last After Chiropractic Adjustment? The length of time that toxins are released after an adjustment depends on the individual. For some people, the release may only last for a few days after the adjustment period, while others may experience a more prolonged detoxification process.

When should you stop chiropractic treatment? ›

In general, it is advised to discontinue chiropractic care if any of the following is true:
  1. Increased pain. It is not uncommon to note mild discomfort after the initial manipulation treatment for the first 24 to 48 hours (similar to starting a new exercise). ...
  2. No improvement within 2 to 4 weeks. ...
  3. Symptoms have gone away.

How often should a pregnant woman go to the chiropractor? ›

How often should you go to a chiropractor while pregnant? While there is no set schedule for visiting a chiropractor while pregnant, practitioners recommend regular visits — around once a month throughout pregnancy for optimal alignment of the spine.

When should a pregnant woman start going to the chiropractor? ›

Very generally speaking, it's not unusual to see your chiropractor once a month during your first trimester and then every two or three weeks until you hit the last month of your pregnancy, when you may schedule weekly visits until delivery.

What happens if you accidentally sleep on your back while pregnant? ›

Late in pregnancy, when a woman lies on her back or her right side, the unusually heavy weight of uterus can compress this vein, reducing blood flow to the fetus. Researchers believe the reduction of blood flow to the fetus, if sufficiently severe and prolonged, may lead to fetal death.

Should you tip a chiropractor? ›

Chiropractors are not massage therapists, and don't require a tip. Treat them as you would any other doctor who was providing you with a medical service.

Why are chiropractic appointments so short? ›

They are built in protection. When these fibers are stretched quickly, these specialized fibers inhibit (turn off) that particular muscle. This is hugely important to the understanding of chiropractic. In fact, this is one of the reasons that a chiropractic visit is so quick when compared to other therapies.

Can you be adjusted too much? ›

Over-manipulation syndrome can begin after high velocity adjustments from a chiropractor or through self-manipulation. While chiropractors provide wonderful care in many cases, there is a risk of damaging the ligament structures and causing joint instability with continued high-velocity adjustments.

Can I crack my back while pregnant? ›

Is it bad to crack your back while pregnant? Cracking your back while you're pregnant is fine as long as it's done with caution. Be aware that discomfort you may feel in your back could be due to the weight and position of your baby. Cracking your back may be more difficult as your pregnancy progresses.

Can chiropractic cause placental abruption? ›

In a recent case series, there were no adverse effects of chiropractic care during pregnancy. In cases other than a normal pregnancy (such as ectopic pregnancy, premature labor, placenta previa, and placenta abruption) chiropractic care during pregnancy may not be appropriate.

Does chiropractic help labor? ›

Chiropractic care has been shown to decrease labor times by 24 percent in first births and up to 33 percent for second or third births! (The effects of chiropractic treatment on pregnancy and labor: a comprehensive study.

What does toxin release feel like? ›

If you do experience toxic release (and the vast majority of chiropractic patients do not), the symptoms include fatigue, headache, night sweaters, tight muscles, and diarrhea. Feeling fatigued after an adjustment is also common because the body is adjusting to the way the nervous system responds to treatment.

What should I avoid after chiropractic adjustment? ›

After your adjustment, you don't want your body to immediately revert to the same position it was in. Avoid sitting for long periods of time after seeing the chiropractor, if possible, and enjoy the mobility that your adjustment has created by going for a long walk, or take a bike ride.

Why do I feel worse after chiropractor? ›

When you get an adjustment, your vertebrae are being moved slightly. Your muscles have to adapt to the movement of the bone, so they may end up lengthening or shortening slightly, which can lead to soreness. The soreness is related to the movement of the bones and not to the pressure utilized by the chiropractor.

What can you do instead of a chiropractor? ›

Many people with back or neck pain seek alternative and complementary treatments—such as massage, spinal manipulation, or yoga—in addition to standard medical treatments.
Some examples include:
  • Breathing exercises. Try slow, controlled breathing until you start feeling yourself relax. ...
  • Altered focus. ...
  • Pain movement.

Is it true once you go to a chiropractor? ›

It's important to realize that even with setbacks and extended adjustment schedules, the need for chiropractic isn't forever. That said, many people choose to continue seeing a chiropractor after their adjustment schedule is complete because they see it as a holistic form of self-care.

How many chiropractic visits are necessary? ›

The general rule with chiropractic treatment is to go through 1 to 4 weeks of treatment at 2-3 visits a week and then determine how the condition is responding. It is recommended that once improvements start to be seen in patients, the treatment frequency tapers back.

How often is Webster technique? ›

Typically, the technique is performed evaluating the patient 2 to 3 times a week over a 2 week period. Once the baby is in the proper position, the frequency is decreased to weekly visits to ensure proper positioning prior to the birthing process.

What does the Webster technique involve? ›

The Webster technique consists of chiropractic evaluation of the sacrum and it's alignment within the pelvis. Adjustments are performed to put the sacrum back into the correct alignment. Massage and stretching of the attachment points of the uterine ligaments on the abdominal wall is also performed.

Should you go to a chiropractor if you have no pain? ›

It may seem counterintuitive, but we often advise getting chiropractic care even if you aren't in pain. Why? Because it's also a highly effective preventive modality, and if you can nip a problem in the bud and avoid it entirely, you save yourself significant pain and suffering down the road.

Can a chiropractor help with sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy? ›

Since chiropractic is non-invasive and drug-free, it is a safe, gentle option for mom and baby. For acute pregnancy sciatica, Dr. Katie generally recommends being adjusted 2-3 times per week to help you hold the adjustment and relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Can a chiropractor help with hip pain during pregnancy? ›

Chiropractors help relieve pregnancy-related back, hip and pelvic pain by realigning the spine and balancing the pelvis. Prenatal chiropractic treatment involves safe and gentle adjustments, massage, exercise and stretching.

What happens if you sleep on your stomach while pregnant? ›

It is generally safe for people to sleep on their stomach during pregnancy, although it may be uncomfortable and cause back or neck pain. Research suggests that it is safe for people to sleep in whichever position they prefer until around 30 weeks of gestation.

Can I lay on my back for an hour while pregnant? ›

Dr. Zanotti reassures expectant mothers not to stress if they accidentally find themselves on their backs for a brief spell. “We do know that short periods of time ―even if you were on your back for an hour or two ― probably do no harm to your child,” she says.

Can I lie on my back on the couch when pregnant? ›

Whether you are taking a quick nap on the couch or going to bed at night, sleeping on your side is best. Lying on your back puts pressure on major blood vessels. This can reduce the flow of blood to your womb, and restrict your baby's oxygen supply.

Can sleeping on back cause stillbirth? ›

A recent British study suggests women who sleep on their back during the third trimester are at higher risk of stillbirth. But, collectively as a department, specialists in high-risk obstetrics at University of Utah Health does not agree with the study.

How do you sleep after a chiropractic adjustment? ›

Sleeping on your side is another way to help keep your spine aligned, so that you alleviate unnecessary pressure in the back, and help your body recover while in its most natural position.

Do chiropractors do deep tissue massage? ›

Can Chiropractors Provide Massage Therapy? Chiropractors not only relieve back pain and other ailments through spinal manipulation, but they also use deep tissue massage therapy or chiropractic massage techniques to mitigate discomfort, promoting pain relief, relaxation, and overall wellness.

How much should I tip for a $50 massage? ›

How much should you tip for a $50 massage? The standard tipping rate for a massage is 20%. So, for a $50 massage, you can tip $10.

What should I wear to my first visit to a chiropractor? ›

shirt with shorts or pants that are comfortable and make movement easier. Not only will you be comfortable, but you will be more than ready to move! Wearing the most comfortable and flexible clothing is important for chiropractic examinations and any adjustments that come afterward.

How long does it take to realign your spine? ›

Chiropractic appointments, and the time it takes to realign your spine through a chiropractic adjustment, tend to be quite short for the most part. Appointments typically range from 15-45 minutes. Because your first chiropractic appointment will involve a full needs assessment, expect to be there for around 45 minutes.

Should I get Xray before chiropractor? ›

With most forms of general musculoskeletal back or neck pain, an x-ray will not be needed to guide the course of treatment. Because x-rays expose patients to radiation, unless there is a valid reason to have the x-ray, it is best to avoid it.

Can you get your back adjusted too much? ›

Manipulations, although safest to be rendered by a licensed chiropractor or chiropractic neurologist, combined with spinal decompression and physical therapy, are some of the best methods of treating headache, neck and low back pain, too many manipulations may loosen and destabilize spinal bones.

What happens when neck is adjusted? ›

A chiropractic adjustment typically involves a high velocity, low amplitude thrust to a misaligned vertebra and can include an accompanying, audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide which releases joint pressure.

How often should you have your neck adjusted? ›

Acute Injuries

If you are getting your neck adjusted due to an acute injury that has recently occurred, expect to come once or twice a week in the beginning and then perhaps once a week for the next few weeks until you are fully healed.

Is it good to crack your back by twisting? ›

Cracking your back can temporarily relieve tension and feel good; however, it is not a reliable short or long-term treatment option for back pain. Cracking your back every once in a while will not cause damage. Frequently cracking your back or manipulating your spine can lead to back problems.

Can a chiropractor trigger labor? ›

It is also possible to start labor immediately with the help of a chiropractor. However, it is important to know though that an "induction" chiropractic visit should be with a certified and trained Webster Technique Specialist only.

What happens when a chiropractor cracks your back? ›

What that pop or crack actually is is gas releasing from the joint, not actually the joint itself. A chiropractic adjustment improves motion in a joint that's been stuck to the point where it's causing interference in your nerve signals.

Can you get your neck adjusted while pregnant? ›

If your doctor gives you approval and you're ready to receive chiropractic care for pain relief during your pregnancy, you can book your adjustment with us. Chiropractic care is typically a safe, effective practice throughout pregnancy.

Can I lay on my stomach for chiropractor while pregnant? ›

Special pillows and/or tables allow pregnant women to lie on their stomach for treatment.

Can a chiropractor help with pregnancy back pain? ›

Seeing a chiropractor for regular adjustments during pregnancy can help relieve back pain that stems from relaxed ligaments and joints due to the natural production of relaxin. Back pain among pregnant women may also be caused by postural problems that occur due to a heavier belly.

How often should a pregnant woman go to the chiropractor? ›

How often should you go to a chiropractor while pregnant? While there is no set schedule for visiting a chiropractor while pregnant, practitioners recommend regular visits — around once a month throughout pregnancy for optimal alignment of the spine.

Can chiropractor help baby drop? ›

If there isn't any room for the baby to drop, it won't. Chiropractic helps to ensure that the joints of the pelvis and especially the sacrum are positioned in such a way as to allow the baby to get into the optimal position for labor.

Should you get adjusted before labor? ›

Get Chiropractic Care

It's best to start seeing a chiropractor as early as possible. Going to the chiropractor while pregnant reduces the chances you'll have a difficult labor. Chiropractors employ a variety of techniques that help reduce anxiety, stress, and back and hip pain before labor.

Is a chiropractic adjustment good for you? ›

There are several benefits of a chiropractic adjustment including: Helps minimize migraines and neck-related headaches. Improves your posture. Reduces pain and improves range of motion of your spine and other joints.

Is it worth it to go to a chiropractor? ›

Prevents future injuries

If you have always had back pain, chiropractors can help you prevent future problems by keeping your spine and muscles in the optimal position. The adjustments will also help to decrease stress so that your body can repair itself effectively.

What are the limitations of chiropractors? ›

  • Spinal and joint manipulation has a chance to go wrong and may cause unwanted fractures or injuries. So it is important that you only have an appointment with an experienced chiropractor.
  • The cost of treatment can be quite high.
  • Some insurance companies do not have coverage for chiropractic care.
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Is chiropractor good long term? ›

Less Prone to Injury

Regular, long-term chiropractic care keeps your body tuned up and balanced, so it functions at an optimal level. Then, your body can get the most out of your workouts. Additionally, chiropractic helps keep you flexible and improves your range of motion.

Why are chiropractic appointments so short? ›

They are built in protection. When these fibers are stretched quickly, these specialized fibers inhibit (turn off) that particular muscle. This is hugely important to the understanding of chiropractic. In fact, this is one of the reasons that a chiropractic visit is so quick when compared to other therapies.

How do you know if a chiropractor is working? ›

How To Know Chiropractic Is Working
  1. You Are Feeling Less Pain. One of the most common reasons people seek out chiropractic care is because they are in pain. ...
  2. You Are Sleeping Better. ...
  3. You Have More Energy. ...
  4. You Are Feeling More Relaxed. ...
  5. Your Immune System Is Improving.

Can a chiropractic adjustment affect your bowels? ›

Chiropractic Release to the Lower Back

Such a manipulation can put pressure on the stomach or intestines. The muscles surrounding these organs may experience a very sudden release due to the chiropractic adjustment. This may, in turn, over-stimulate the gastro-intestinal tract, leading to cramps and diarrhea.

How often should you go to a chiropractor? ›

The answer to that is different for each patient, but you should make appointments as needed. Weekly or monthly visits may provide the most benefit. Talk with your chiropractor if you're unsure or to address any concerns.

Why does my back hurt worse after chiropractor? ›

When you get an adjustment, your vertebrae are being moved slightly. Your muscles have to adapt to the movement of the bone, so they may end up lengthening or shortening slightly, which can lead to soreness. The soreness is related to the movement of the bones and not to the pressure utilized by the chiropractor.

Are chiropractors good for lower back pain? ›

Research shows that spinal manipulation can help relieve pain and improve function in people with acute low-back pain, one of the most common types of back pain.

Can you go to chiropractor without pain? ›

While specific pain may help chiropractors to identify the source, there doesn't have to be any pain present for a specialist to know exactly what you and your spine needs to feel in top form.

What is difference between osteopathy and chiropractic? ›

The major difference between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor is that while the Chiropractor is primarily focused on the spine, joints and the muscles, an Osteopath is also concerned with the rest of the body.

Is chiropractic considered cam? ›

They examined 25 surveys which had been conducted between 1982 and 1995 studying the practices and beliefs of conventional physicians toward the 5 most prominent CAM therapies: acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, herbal medicine and massage.

Does chiropractic help sciatica? ›

While sciatica pain can be debilitating, chiropractic treatment can relieve it gently and naturally. This care entails treating the pain without costly and harmful side effects.

Are chiropractic neck adjustments safe? ›

Are neck adjustments safe? Yes, neck adjustments are safe when performed by a trained and licensed professional. Qualified chiropractors should be more focused on neck alignment than “cracking” your neck, which may increase the risk of blood vessel strain.

Is chiropractic evidence based? ›

Despite some degree of superiority of chiropractic spinal manipulation over control interventions including sham chiropractic, its effectiveness is not supported by compelling evidence from the majority of randomized clinical trials.


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