Hello, my name is Cindy. I live in the suburbs of Sydney with my family. Although I would occasionally visit the doctor when I was feeling too good or if one of the children had a cold. However, my whole view on doctors changed when I found a lump on breast last year. I went to my GP in a panic, but he was a real sweetie. He calmed me down and explained he would refer me for a further investigation. Thankfully, they caught my cancer early and after some treatment, I made a full recovery. Since this close call, I have taken a keen interest in everything health related.
If you had an injury that got your back out of line and you do not want to take drugs that may affect your unborn child, you can seek alleviation from a chiropractor. Chiropractic care is drugless. However, there are a few things you need to consider as the safety of both you and your little one is paramount.
Why you should find a chiropractor who specialises in pregnant women exclusively
Don't assume that any chiropractor is right for you. Some may be skilled in the practice but lack the experience in handling pregnant women. Ask as many questions as you can until you feel comfortable, and don't forget to ask if the chiropractor specialises in the care for pregnant women exclusively. Upon visiting, check whether the chiropractor has a pregnancy table. The pregnancy table is a reliable indicator that your chiropractor truly cares for pregnant women solely. The table has an opening for your belly, enabling you to lie on your tummy. If you do not see one, ask why there isn't one.
How to find a good chiropractor
With your pregnancy, you will be seeing your primary care physician or OB/GYN. This is an excellent place to start. Ask for a referral. Secondly, the Internet is a great resource to find fully licensed chiropractors in your area. In this case, you will need to call some offices to get responses to questions you will have, and that way figure out which one to visit. There are also some online databases like the Australian Chiropractic Association that, with its search criteria options, will easily help you locate a qualified chiropractor in your particular area.
What to expect when you visit the chiropractor
There will be three stages. The first step will be filling out a form to provide your personal information. Sometimes this is done online before getting to the chiropractor's office. Secondly, the chiropractor will sit down with you to get more information about the nature of your visit and then perform a physical exam tailored to your reasons for the visit. You can also be requested to obtain additional tests like a lab test and diagnostic imaging. After the review, your physician will have a report and may give you two outcomes, which are either the chiropractic care treatment will be effective or won't, and refer you to a procedure that will. The third step will depend on the outcome of the second stage, which will be either treatment or referral.Share
11 September 2018