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Seeing a chirpractor in pregnancy

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pookamoo Thu 31-Jul-08 15:46:00

I am 25 weeks pg.

I have had a bad back for a while, this is my first PG. I had physio first, but she felt that what she was doing was counter productive as I was getting a lot of pain.

Saw my GP yesterady and he thought I may have a slipped or partially slipped disk. He said what I was suffering was more than the "usual" pregnancy back pain. Of course I didn't know that, never having been pregnant before! I was grimacing grinning and bearing it. He told me he is "very close" to signing me off for 12 weeks shock until the baby is born!

He also suggested speaking to a chiropractor.
I rang and they seemed ok with me being pregnant, but I'm still a bit concerned about it. They would charge me £35 for an initial consultation, then £30 for 15 minutes of treatment. £30 each time from then on for each 15 minutes. It's quite a lot of money, but I want to do what's best.

I have been prescribed codeine for the pain which I can only take at night because it makes me drowsy.

Any chiropractors out there, or anyone been to see one when pregnant? I do have a BIG bump, if it makes any difference!


pookamoo Thu 31-Jul-08 15:54:53

And I don't really want to get signed off just yet! sad

pookamoo Thu 31-Jul-08 20:21:13


DancingMamaWithBabes Fri 01-Aug-08 09:36:36

didn't want this to go unanswered, they are not cheap as you have found out, but I used two when I was pregnant and it was fab.. where abouts do you live? (can recommend)

Backgammon Fri 01-Aug-08 09:46:18

Yes I saw a chiroprtactor all through my pregnancy. It's perfectly safe and actually recommended in pregnancy. My pelvis was twisted and he has been keeping it straight for the birth.

I last saw him at 38 weeks and he could still do the manipulations ok.

pookamoo Fri 01-Aug-08 14:16:22

Thanks ladies, that's really helpful just to know that somebody has benefited.
Will do some more investigations.

PortAndLemon Fri 01-Aug-08 14:20:15

I saw a chiropractor from around 17 weeks in my first pregnancy and throughout my second one (plus kept going between times, just less frequently). It made a huge difference to me, but because all your joints relax in late pregnancy you do need to keep going quite frequently.

smartiejake Fri 01-Aug-08 14:22:05

I would actually recommend an osteopath rather than a chiropractor. Chiros only tend to use manipulation whereas osteos use a combination of manipulation and deep tissue massage.

I saw both during my second preg and definitely found the osteo much better and also seem to get more for your money as the appointments are 30 mins.

In any case it's fine during pg as long as they don't put you lying flat on your back- I got really dizzyonce when the chiro did that.

tkband3 Fri 01-Aug-08 14:24:03

I saw an osteopath during my second pregnancy (with DTs) and I reckon he kept me going - I had very little back pain smile. He charged £40 for a half hour appt but it was worth it! Whereabouts are you? If you are anywhere near London, the Osteopathic Centre for Children specialises in mums-to-be and children and it's a charity, so you only give what you can afford. They also have a clinic in Manchester.

ilovemydog Fri 01-Aug-08 14:25:41

I saw a chiro throughout both pregnancies.

It was the only thing that worked....

Bit of advice: speak to receptionist and ask if there are any chiros who are more experienced with pregnant women.

Not sure if related or not, but DS was breech until about 37 weeks which was the same week I saw the chiro hmm

mazzystar Fri 01-Aug-08 14:30:24

I saw a chiro for spd in second pregnancy
it was the only thing that worked for me
I think the £ you have been quoted is a wee bit steep, but it may be the going rate where you are. Initial consultation seems fine [though would expect that to include a treatment]. The manipulations that they do are quick, its not something that takes a long time, so a session might only last 10 mins or whatever. Have a ring around.

notcitrus Fri 01-Aug-08 15:30:26

I'd recommend an osteopath over a chiropractor, because osteos have more training in anatomy and medical stuff, and don't do the very vigorous manipulations that have caused injury by chiros.

Those prices sound a bit expensive though - my osteo is in Balham in London and charges £37 for 45-minute sessions.

And is wonderful - although sadly because my SPD is purely hormone related he couldn't fix that, but all my joints are in perfect nick apart from my symphysis pubis, which means I have no back or joint pain at all now even at 34 weeks (unless I walk or lie on my back, which strains the pubis).

The good news price-wise is I've always felt nearly 100% better after 1 or 2 osteo sessions, so then only go back many months later.

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