The Webster technique is specifically designed for the care of pregnant women, however, the technique can be used on all people through all phases of chiropractic care. It has been proven safe and is gentle. The Webster technique is based upon removing tension and torsion from within the pelvis including its bony structures, ligaments, and muscles thereby reducing strain on the fetus and providing the expecting mother relief from low back and pelvic pain during pregnancy.
As per the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, “The importance of regular chiropractic care vis a vis the Webster Technique during their pregnancy and the evidence pointing toward the potential for safer, easier births as a result of improved neurobiomechanical function may be expressed. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of subluxation and/or SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neurobiomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region is improved. The ICPA recognizes that in a theoretical and clinical framework of the Webster Technique in the care of pregnant women, sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e.,dystocia). Dystocia is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby malpresentation. The correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.” Jeanne Ohm, D.C. & Joel Alcantara, D.C., Webster Technique, J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – May 10, 2012
In addition, the Chiropractors at DREAM Wellness are proficient in the use of other various techniques to provide assistance to expecting mothers during maternity and throughout motherhood.
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy:
- It is important to note that chiropractors do not in any way treat breech pregnancies. However, in expectant mothers presenting breech, there has been a high reported success rate of the baby turning to the normal vertex position and it can be performed on women whose babies present transverse and posterior as well as well as with twins.
- Prepares the woman’s pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a balance in pelvic bony structures, muscles and ligaments allowing the baby the room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures.
- Removes tension on the ligaments that support the uterus, such as the round ligaments- reducing torsion to the woman’s uterus offering the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth.
- Reduces interference to the mother’s vital nerve system which controls and coordinates all of her systems and functions for better baby development.
- With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in dystocia (resistance to normal function in birth) and the resulting birth trauma caused by intervention.
- Allows for a safer, easier birth for mother and baby by decreasing the potential for interventions such as augmentation, c-section, vacuum and forceps extraction, etc.
*Derived from the notes of Jeanne Ohm, D.C., F.I.C.P.A., Perinatal Care, www.icpa4kids.com