Around 34 or 35 weeks, my lower back began to hurt terribly. I couldn’t sleep in my bed, couldn’t bend over, couldn’t lift things. It was even hard to sit in a chair. My midwife recommended that I see a chiropractor. I was very hesitant, because I had never been to one before and was under the mistaken impression that once you see a chiropractor, you have to keep seeing them forever. The pain got to be so bad that I broke down and made an appointment with Dr. Melinda. What a good decision it turned out to be!
I’m a huge fan of holistic and natural medicine. So, when I walked in to the office the day of my appointment and saw essential oils on the counter, I was greatly encouraged and my hesitation about seeing a chiropractor lessened. Dr. Melinda was, from the start, warm and inviting. Her demeanor was calm and caring and she put me immediately at ease. She was interested in a complete picture of my health and the cause of my back pain. We spoke about diet, exercise, treatment options, pregnancy, and more. I really felt as though she not only wanted to take care of my back issue, but also to make sure that I was living well. She made it clear that her goal was to fix the real problem so I didn’t need her any more. I loved the honesty of that attitude and her whole body approach to her work.
The adjustment was so easy for me as a patient. She explained everything before she did anything and talked me through it as she worked. She warned me that I would be sore the next day, and sure enough, I was. I thought perhaps the treatment hadn’t worked. But, by the following day, I was totally pain free and have been ever since!
I am so glad that I decided to make that appointment. I highly recommend Dr. Melinda any chance I get. I’m so grateful that she made my last few weeks of pregnancy bearable!
– Ruth Finnegan
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