Dr Marilyn Moss, DC
Here are some questions that I am frequently asked by my patients:
1) How soon in my pregnancy can I get treatment?
It's the same during pregnancy as prior to pregnancy re; treatment timing.
As soon as you feel any discomfort, you can be treated. In fact, during pregnancy the results are so much faster because of hormonal changes, that you will feel relief much sooner than if you weren't pregnant!
2) Is it safe to be treated during pregnancy? Is there any risk to my baby?
Prenatal chiropractic care is very gentle. Those of us who specialize in prenatal care have trained in special treatment protocols which are appropriate to caring for pregnant women. This training is above and beyond the standard schooling for chiropractors. Dr Moss, for example, trained at numerous seminars, trained and received certification in the Webster Technique (for breech babies), and took a year post doctorate diplomat course in Prenatal Chiropractic and Pediatric care.
Be sure to ask anyone, in any discipline, what their training is in prenatal care, to be certain that their protocols are appropriate for you.
3) How soon after childbirth can I receive care?
I have treated women during labor, and within a few days after birth. This depends on your individual needs, circumstances, etc.
With acute post partum pain, it is fine to treat as soon as circumstances allow. This is the rare circumstance where mama has some kind of pelvic pain, upper back pain, etc from the birth itself that is preventing her from being able to relax and be comfortable after her birth. In this situation, you can be treated as soon as you are able to be up and around. If you have had a vaginal delivery, this will be sooner than if you have had a C section.
With non-acute situations, with a fairly normal recovery period, I recommend you wait to be checked/treated until you have settled in the the baby, gotten some rest and are feeling the urge to be out and taking care of yourself. This varies for each woman. If there are no extenuating circumstances, I would say wait at least 3-4 weeks before venturing out for care.
4) Is cranial work safe for my baby?
Yes, cranial work is gentle, safe and effective for many issues. Please see the article on cranial work for infants on this site.
5) What is Webster Technique? How effective is it in getting breech babies to turn?
Please read the article on the home page of this site re: Webster Technique.
6) Do you take insurance?
Dr Moss' office does not do direct insurance billing, but will provide you with a statement which you can submit to your insurance for direct reimbursement.