“Webster Technique” – How Chiropractic Care for the Pregnant Mother Can Be A Godsend

By · Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

It amazes me that there are some many people out there that still do not realize the benefits chiropractic care provides for the Pregnant month.  So much so that I think we’ll start a series to discuss the top benefits.

Before we do that, lets talk about avoiding surgery.  Yup, I said surgery… lets talk about the Webster Technique.

Lets set the stage first…

You are into your last trimester and you find out that your baby is “breach”.  Meaning rather than the baby’s head in the down position, it is still in the up position.  Breach baby is a “great” reason for your OB/GYN to vote for C-section.  But any reasonable mom will not hope or want a C-section.  So whats a possible solution?

The Webster Technique!

What if it was possible to allow the womb to relax in such a way that it will allow for the baby to naturally and safely rotate into the proper head down position?  What if we didn’t have to touch the baby at all?  What if this was all done without drugs or surgery?

Would you be interested?!  Of course!  What right minded mother and father wouldn’t be!?

Here’s the deal… some times mom’s pelvis is in a slightly misaligned position; A misaligned position that only a Chiropractor can truly assess.  That misalignment causes mom’s muscles and ligament to be improperly taught and tight.  That causes unequal, unbalanced pressure on the womb and therefore prevents the baby from moving into the head down position.

Solution: Align the pelvis, thereby relaxing the ligaments and muscles and let the baby turn.  Sounds simple right?  Well, done be a properly trained Chiropractor it is! Done wrong and who knows what can happen.

I have included a better written definition and history of the Webster Technique below.  Dr. Jeanne Ohm, DC, ICPA Executive Coordinator writes:

Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of your body’s ability to be healthy. This is accomplished by working with the nervous system–the communication system between your brain and body. Doctors of Chiropractic work to correct spinal, pelvic and cranial misalignments (subluxations). When misaligned, these structures create an imbalance in surrounding muscles and ligaments. Additionally, the resulting nerve system stress may affect the body’s ability to function optimally.

Sacral misalignment causes the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments.  It is these tense muscles and ligaments and their constraining effect on the uterus which prevents the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth. The Webster Technique is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and facilitates biomechanical balance in pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments. This has been shown to reduce the effects of intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.

Dr. Larry Webster, Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association discovered this technique as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function for pregnant mothers. In expectant mothers presenting breech, there has been a high reported success rate of the baby turning to the normal vertex position. This technique has been successfully used in women whose babies present transverse and posterior as well. It has also successfully used with twins. Any position of the baby other than ROA may indicate the presence of sacral subluxation and therefore intrauterine constraint. At no time should this technique be interpreted as an obstetric, “breech turning” technique.

It is strongly recommended by the ICPA instructors of this technique that this specific analysis and adjustment of the sacrum be used throughout pregnancy, to detect imbalance and optimize pelvic biomechanics in preparation for safer, easier births. Because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers should have their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby.

The official definition of the Webster technique as taught by the ICPA Certification program is as follows: “The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.”

How can I express the feeling I get when I help mom’s alignment and the baby moves into proper position.  To see the excitement and joy of mom and dad, to see the worry and fear erase from their faces… lets just say it feels incredible to be able to provide that care.

If you have a breach baby and if you want to learn more, find a specially trained Chiropractor!  What do you want to look for?  Look for FICPA after the name. That helps.  But it does not mean they have experience in it.  FICPA stands for Fellowship in International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.  My colleague Dr. Ian Porterfield has finished the intensive additional training for this fellowship, I did not.  A Chiropractor can also get certified in the Webster Technique.


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