The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved. This technique is particularly helpful for pregnant women. When the proper mechanics of the pelvis are restored, the baby has more room to move into the optimal position for birth. This, in turn, can allow for fewer interventions during childbirth, thus facilitating a safer and more natural delivery.
You may have heard of the hormone “relaxin,” which is produced by a pregnant woman in order to prepare her body for birth. As the name suggests, relaxin causes the ligaments to loosen, especially those in the pelvic area, which allows a woman’s body to accommodate a growing baby and its eventual birth. Unfortunately, this hormone can also cause the spine and pelvis to relax in misaligned positions. This, in combination with a woman’s pelvis-forward posture (an inevitable side effect of a growing belly), can make mom very uncomfortable and prevent baby from freely turning as he or she needs to.
It’s important to note that no chiropractor is trained to “turn a baby.” This is an obstetric technique that no chiropractor should attempt. However, by restoring the optimal function of the spine and pelvis, we are able to create conditions that may enable a baby to turn into ideal birth position all on his or her own. Prenatal chiropractic care has also been shown to lessen the chances that a baby will experience dystocia when exiting the birth canal. It also lessens the chances that birthing interventions, such as vacuums or forceps, will be needed.
We use a table outfitted with special pillows in order to accommodate a pregnant woman comfortably. We’ll ask you to lie face-down the table while we gently perform adjustments on the sacral ligaments and structure. If you can comfortably lie on your back for a brief period, we can also release the uterine ligaments and anterior pelvic structures if needed. While we take great care to assure each and every patient is comfortable, we are especially aware of your needs and comfort as a pregnant woman. The Webster technique is extremely safe, gentle, and effective, and we never apply any direct external force to your baby.
Chiropractic care works best when give it time to do its work. Ideally, you should receive regular chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy to prepare your body for the best possible birthing experience. We recommend you see us in your first trimester to be evaluated and make a customized plan for optimal care. This plan will be based on your body mechanics, as well as any concerns, complaints, misalignments, and/or previous birth history. However, if you aren’t referred to a chiropractor until late in your pregnancy because, for example, your baby is breech or because you are experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort, you should absolutely still seek care.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, “all chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors.” We take this a step further to ensure we are providing the absolute best and safest possible care for our pregnant patients by maintaining an active Webster certification.