Many women choose safe and effective chiropractic care during their pregnancy. Aches and pains during pregnancy are very common as there are many changes to the woman’s body. Some such changes include weight gain, fluid retention, hormonal changes and postural changes which can all contribute to muscle soreness and joint irritation responsible for pain. Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps to restore balance, soothe the irritation to involved muscles, joints and nerves and helps the body heal from the inside out.
What is Webster Technique?
Webster Technique is a special chiropractic technique that addresses alignment and mobility of the pelvis in a pregnant woman. Ideally, there should be balance between the right and left sides of the pelvis. When there is pelvic balance, there is less muscle and joint irritation and also more even pressure on the uterus allowing the baby more freedom to move and turn. When there is a misalignment at the pelvis however, the twisted position puts adverse tension on the round ligament of the uterus which puts uneven pressure on the uterus. It may also cause discomfort for mom.
Chiropractors trained in Webster Technique can assess for pelvic balance then gently adjust the side that is abnormal to help restore optimal position and joint function. Webster Technique is just one aspect of care for the pregnant woman. Additional techniques may be applied as indicated based on the physical examination findings.
Does Webster Technique Hurt?
Most women find Webster Technique very comfortable. The adjustment itself involves a gentle, downward thrust to the involved side of the pelvis – thus, there is no rotation to the low back and usually no cracking sounds. In the second part of the technique, gentle pressure is applied to release tension in the affected round ligament. Special pregnancy pillows are used to ensure comfort.
Does Webster Technique Turn a Breech Baby?
Some may have heard that Webster Technique turns babies. The goal of Webster Technique is not to turn babies but to correct faulty alignment and/or motion of the woman’s pelvic joints. That being said, a normal vertex down position is often the outcome. When pelvic balance is restored, the pelvis is more round, and the pressures are more even allowing the baby more freedom to turn.
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Dr. Elisabeth Miron