Going to the Chiropractor

For the past few weeks, my pinky finger will randomly feel like it’s falling asleep. It’s like the whole side of my hand really, moving up to my pinky finger. I notice it mostly when my arm is bent, but it’s still totally random. I have to shake and squeeze my finger for the sensation to go away; it only last about 5 seconds as is. But whatever it is, it is not normal. Isn’t that weird?!

I have no idea what’s causing it or why it’s happening, but I am sort of freaked out by it.

On Friday, I went to the chiropractor to see if I can figure out what’s going on.

I am very new to the idea of going to a chiropractor, but I find it extremely intriguing and interesting. The whole idea that someone can feel your spine and tell you if your’re “off” in alignment is just — crazy. I started going to a chiropractor during my last trimester of pregnancy when Joshua was transverse. (Laying sideways- you want a baby head down to have a vaginal delivery. duh, sorry for the obvious.) Someone had mentioned the idea of going to the chiropractor and I thought it sounded funny, but because I was desperate to try anything to get him to turn, I went.

I will never know if it was the adjustment of my spine and pelvis that made him turn or the hundreds of handstands and flips in the pool, but either way, he did turn. Because of that, I’m more of a believer in what chiropractic care can do. (So if your baby is breach or transverse, go to the chiropractor and see if it helps!! I went about 4 times I think in the last month of my pregnancy!)

Anyways, I went to the chiropractor about my finger because I didn’t know what else to do. I figure that the sensation in my pinky is because something is going on with my nerve that connects down my arm and into my hand. I guess if the alignment in my neck/back is off then the nerve can be off — or something? I don’t know, I’m making this up here.

On Friday, my chiropractor adjusted me. She said I had several areas in my neck that were off, and just a few in my back. Basically to adjust someone, they “crack” your back and neck back into place. I HATE the neck and I didn’t let them do it during my pregnancy. It just freaks me out. I have no idea how they can feel your spine and feel a vertebrae is off. It’s crazy cool, right?

As of Friday, my finger has felt pretty normal and I haven’t had any weird sensations yet. However, I’m not totally convinced that it’s fixed or that the adjustment did anything, because it has only been a couple days.

Apparently, I am very tight in my upper back, so my chiropractor suggested I get a massage and then she will re adjust me again. I’m not really sure if that’s legit or makes sense, but I wasn’t going to question a massage. And, since my insurance covers (most- not all) of it and I have a credit on my account anyways, I couldn’t turn it down.

So, that’s where I’m off to in a bit. I’m so excited for my massage (I don’t know if I’ve ever had a professional massage??) and anxious to see how things feel and if this actually ‘fixes’ my finger.  If the adjustment doesn’t make my finger better, she wants to go in for x-rays, so I’m really hoping that an out of alignment spine is the only issue here!

Do you go to the chiropractor regularly? Or, did you go during your pregnancy? Share breech/chiropractor stories! 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

4 thoughts on “Going to the Chiropractor

  1. Yes! I love chiropractors and have been going my whole life ( my mom even went when she was pregnant with me).

    When your spine is 'off' it can cause so many problems in areas all over your body. Even things like digestion issues and some claim infertility issues. Getting regular adjustments is part of a healthy lifestyle. When you're muscles are tight it's hard to re-align your back/neck so having a massage loosens them up and allows the adjustment to occur easier.

    I go to a chiropractor who is part of a wellness centre- there are chiropractors, massage therapies and physio therapists. They also offer nutritional counselling and reflexology. THe one that I see specializes in women and childbirth. She is fantastic and it is a very child friendly/breastfeeding friendly environment. They even have a early childhood educator who watches your child in a play area while you have your appointment.

    It can be scary at first but if you make sure your chiropractor is accredited and a member of the local or national professional group then they have gone through lots of training and are highly skilled.

    There is some great info here: http://www.chiropracticcanada.ca/en-us/home.aspx

  2. I am new to going to the chiropractor too. I started going my last trimester of my 2nd pregnancy because I had so much pubic pain I could barely walk. It was amazing how much better I felt. I went several times and had a super fast delivery and didn't even really feel like I was in labor until 45 minutes before I had her when my water broke. I think it's because everything was aligned. I also resorted to taking my colicky reflux baby to the same chiro because I didn't know what else to do with her. She started sleeping better and acted much less miserable immediately. I am a fan of chiros forever because they helped me and my baby! I just wish I had gone sooner.

  3. It's really not hard to feel your vertebrae.. they just know what they are looking for so it's easy to tell if it's off or not.

    And the massage is definitely legit! If your muscles are too tight your back won't crack or the tight muscles will soon pull everything right back out of alignment pretty soon afterwards. Also, massage is recognized even by mainstream medicine and clinical trials to have serious pain-relieving and stress relieving (as measured by stress hormone levels) properties. Massage is one of the best health things you can do for yourself (behind good eating & exercise!) 🙂

  4. I've been going to the chiropractor for quite a while and I love it! I went during one of my pregnancies but unfortunatly our insurance had changed for the second one and we couldn't afford it. I think I need to go back though, thanks for the reminder!

Leave a comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s