TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST VISIT:
An initial visit to a chiropractor will involve a thorough discussion of your pregnancy
and the symptoms that you are currently experiencing. The doctor will provide a detailed examination, checking your posture,
muscles, nerves, spinal bones, and joints of the pelvis and hips. You may experience some mild soreness during this exam,
due to the fact that she will be checking for areas that may be sensitive and tender. Rest assured, the examination is usually
painless and very comfortable. Despite the fact that many chiropractors utilize x-rays to aid in the analysis of the spine,
pregnant women are not x-rayed to insure the safety of the fetus.
Once a patient is examined, the doctor will
perform a treatment, which is called a chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment is a procedure, which involves gentle pressure
to the bones of the spine in order to correct the spinal misalignments. The doctor may also massage and stretch the muscles
of the back to decrease any tightness or tension. Special tables and equipment are used to allow the pregnant patient comfort
during her adjustment.
Also at your visit, the doctor may discuss stretching and exercise programs with you,
recommend vitamin supplements, discuss your diet, and handle any questions and concerns that you may have been regarding your
treatment and condition.
Your chiropractor may also encourage you to participate in prenatal yoga, which is an
excellent way to keep your spine strong and flexible throughout your pregnancy. In addition, she may suggest that you utilize
prenatal massage therapy in conjunction with your chiropractic adjustments. Many chiropractors work closely with massage
therapists and often have a licensed massage therapist on staff. At your first or second visits, your doctor will recommend
a treatment schedule depending on your symptoms and the severity of your condition.