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    I am currently having chiro as it was very painful to sit down. It was discovered that I have damaged my sacrum and the liagments surrounding it and my pelvis. My pelvis is also twisted. I already have a bad back as I have scoliosis and have had a stress-fracture in the past. Is there anyone that has damaged their sacrum and how long did it take to fix? Also did anyone have a twisted pelvis which was fixed. My chiro is suprised that I birthed my son as my pelvis is so twisted and questioned whether I would be able to birth this baby. I am so terrified with anything that I am doing while pregnant and want to make sure that having chiro is safe. I am only 17 weeks but I told her that I wasnt comfortable lying flat on my tummy so she has raised part of the bed so that the pressure is on my hips. Is there anything that they shouldn't be doing to me?

    Any help would be appreciated.


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    Hey Lynn

    oh dear... I dont really think that your chiro is the in the right position to be questioning your ability to birth your baby..especially since you have already had a vaginal birth! and the last thing any mother-to-be needs is someone putting a negative spin on birth and a woman's ability to do just that...sorry but I think she should really butt out...be a chiropractor and not a midwife...sorry I will just get off my little soap box

    One of the first things I would be questioning is her experience as a chiro with pregnant women?

    There are quite a few remedies that you could try that would be less 'stressful' on your body...
    reflexolgy or osteopathy
    yoga...an instructor experienced in therapy based yoga, and confident with the pregnant woman
    acupuncture
    naturopathy
    bowen therapy...i dont know much about this but many expectant mothers rave about it...I'm sure someone else on BB is able to help out

    hope this helps...good luck

    xx yogababy

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    oh dear... I dont really think that your chiro is the in the right position to be questioning your ability to birth your baby..especially since you have already had a vaginal birth! and the last thing any mother-to-be needs is someone putting a negative spin on birth and a woman's ability to do just that...sorry but I think she should really butt out...be a chiropractor and not a midwife...
    I agree. I think I would be looking for another chiro, Ir sounds to me like she is not all that experienced with pregnancy

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    Thank Alan and Yogababy.

    I am already doing yoga (pre-natal yoga) - which I love! Most of the exercises my chiro has given me is what we do in yoga anyway so I guess that is good.

    I am going to speak to my ob about my pelvis next time I see him because he was there when I birthed my son and knows me best. Is there a way of knowing if your pelvis can birth vaginally?

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    Hi Lynn

    I have been going to a chiro for about 8 years and swear by them. He sometimes makes a few negative comments (not to do with pregnancy though) but I know him enough to take everything he says with a grain of salt. He has worked miracles with my neck injury and is worth every dollar I pay him. But I agree with the others, chiro's specialise in certain areas and pregnancy is not one of them. I still go to my chiro and he has stopped doing the stretching movements but everything else is still OK. I'm 23 weeks now and havent had any worries. I also have what he calls twisted hips but he has never said anything about it affecting the birth process. He just cracks them back into place and all is well.

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    I have been going to the chiro with a slightly twisted pelvis. This was caused by the pregnancy though, not a previous problem. My chiro does see pregnant women every week. When he crunches my back I am always lying on my side and he has a machine that has a belly hole in the middle that tilts for the massage part of the treatment.

    I really think that the chiro must have experience with pregnant women. I have never felt uncomfortable and he has never suggested that I wouldn't be able to birth vaginally - in fact he has never commented on that at all. I would have thought that it wouldn't be a chiros place to make such a comment.

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    Lynn, I too am disappointed that the chiro made those comments. As a health professional I am curious to understand what he means by "a twisted pelvis". Has he explained it to you? It's not possible to "twist" your pelvis without it breaking or being incredibly malformed. Remember that it is very normal for all of those joints to be very loose and often ouchy in pregnancy. Of coruse that doesn't mean that you should be in pain through your pregnancy - many things can help alleviate it.
    I have a massage every fortnight and this helps me somewhat and my friend the osteo which for me has worked wonders through all of my pregnancies.

    I fractured my coccyx and I also have a prolapsed L4 L5 disc (can you tell I am a nurse!) I have found some relief from chiro but I must say osteopathy I found for me to be far superior and much gentler. If YOU are happy with your chiro continue but if you feel he doesn't have much experience with pregnant mamas then perhaps hunt further.
    I too have heard many women rave about Bowen Therapy but I can'tgive any personal advice as I haven't used it...

    Wishing you some pain free time soon Lynn...

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    Hi Flowerchild

    My chiro explained a twisted pelvis (I'm trying to remember his exact words now ....) as one side of your pelvis rotating differently to the other side (???). To give you an example, he said if you wear a skirt and you find the zip and the back often twists around, it is because your hips are working unevenly. I do notice that after a visit to the chiro, my skirts do tend to sit better for a week or so. He doesnt actually twist it back into alignment though. I lie on my side and he brings one leg up over my body (kind of like in the Recovery Position) and then he presses the hip back into alignment then repeats it on the other side. I feel a crunch and that is all.

    I hope I havent confused you further.

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    Okay so he/she means it's out of alignment - that makes sense. I had this picture in my mind of literally a twisted pelvis! i have seen some literally twisted pelvises in my time and none could be fixed without surgery! .... Thankyou for explaining it to me...

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