Prenatal Care and Webster Technique
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is an incredibly valuable intervention which can help to support the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby through pregnancy and birth.
More women and birth providers are discovering the many benefits associated with prenatal chiropractic care and recognize this area of expertise through Webster Certification, a technique designed to support the alignment of the lower back and sacral area, the misalignment of which can negatively affect the process of labor for the expectant mother.
The Webster Technique is a very specialized adjustment which is focused on the SI joint and preventing the misalignment (subluxation) of the entire sacral area. The purpose of the Webster Technique is to facilitate neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvic area and provide support for the impending labor process.
When the neuro-biomechanical function of the sacral area is strained, this can contribute to several different poor outcomes during labor and delivery, including decreased uterine function, impaired pelvic contractions, and mal-presentation of the fetus. By correcting sacral subluxation helping to facilitate proper alignment of the joints of the pelvic region/lower spinal area, this can help to improve labor and delivery and improve outcomes for both expectant mother and baby.
Experiencing the Webster Technique
Does it hurt?
No, experiencing the Webster Technique should not hurt or be any more uncomfortable than a traditional chiropractic adjustment—in fact, many patients state that receiving expert chiropractic care is pleasant and relief-inducing, and many express they wish they had begun sooner. The Webster Technique is considered safe for most pregnancies, and is not invasive in any way.
How is it done?
The Webster Technique is performed through a series of manual manipulations that involve loosening and releasing tension in muscles local to the sacral region, providing an adjustment to the entire spine area. Your chiropractor may begin with a massage to the area, followed by a series of deliberate and gentle adjustments from different angles and positions. Positions are carefully selected as part of the Webster Technique to ensure comfort and safety for both expectant mother and fetus.
What results can I expect?
The Webster Technique is employed for a variety of purposes. In some instances, it may aid to reposition the fetus in the womb into the appropriate delivery position, in others it may simply be carried out to help ensure as easy a delivery and labor as possible. To determine the purpose for the treatment, as well as the likely outcome, have a discussion with your expert chiropractor about what you are hoping to achieve.