All chiropractors have received training in adjusting pregnant women, but it’s best to go to a practitioner that specializes in treating pregnancy-related pain. Often adjustments of pregnant women take a little longer, and you want someone who is well versed in certain techniques.
When you first visit a chiropractor you will out a health questionnaire. This helps the practitioner assess how best to treat you. Special pillows and tables will be used to ensure your comfort during your adjustment. Since your joints and ligaments will already be loose, thanks to the hormone “relaxin,” the practitioner will use a lighter touch when realigning your joints and spine. The chiropractor might also give you some exercises and stretches to do at home.
In most circumstances, your chiropractor might have you use some machines to lubricate the joints. He or she may also conduct some short, light massage to help relax tissues to prepare the body for manipulation. Frequently, a physician might use conjunctive therapies, such as nutrition, ultrasound, or cold laser. If more extensive medical intervention is necessary, chiropractors have no issues working with other physicians to assist in pain management. Following the birth of your baby, continued care with your chiropractor will help assure avoiding pain associated with recovery, as well as help with shoulder and neck pain, common to new parents stemming from the demands of holding a child long term—headaches and shoulder discomfort being most common.