WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST VISIT:
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.