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!