Some benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscles & ligaments
- Removes torsion of the ligaments that support the uterus, thus potentially reducing abnormal tension to the woman’s uterus
- Decreases pain caused by improper biomechanics of the pelvis and spine
- Reduces interference to the mother’s vital nerve system, which controls and coordinates all of her organ systems and body functions
- Pelvic balance in the mother allows the baby greater room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures
What is the Webster Technique?
The Webster Technique, discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, in 1978, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), is a specific chiropractic adjustment to eliminate sacral misalignment and improve nerve system function. He developed it as a specific sacral adjustment for pregnant women to help balance pelvic muscles and ligaments and potentially improve birth outcome. The first woman who came into his practice and had this technique applied was pregnant with a breech baby. Shortly after beginning care, the baby turned to a head down position. Dr. Webster continued to offer this adjustment for all pregnant mothers in his practice. For those presenting breech, he claimed a 95% rate of these babies assuming a more optimal positioning for birth. This led to great interest by chiropractors, birth providers and mothers seeking options for safer, easier natural births.
The Webster Technique is similar to many chiropractic sacral adjustments. First there is an analysis to confirm sacral alignment. Then there is a light force thrust applied to the sacrum for correction. The adjustment is gentle and effective in establishing alignment in the pelvis which is of course imperative for safer, easier more natural births.
Dr. Cristina is certified in the Webster Technique through the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) and loves helping women enjoy their pregnancies! For more information about the ICPA and/or the Webster technique, visit www.ICPA4kids.org.
The Webster Technique: A Chiropractic Technique. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2002 Jul-Aug;25(6): E1-9
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