For many, Chiropractic care is an important component of birth preparation during pregnancy. Women are recognizing the value of regular Chiropractic adjustments as they prepare for safer and easier birthing for themselves and their babies.
During pregnancy, the physical and hormonal changes that occur within a mother’s body are significant. As body weight increases, the center of gravity shifts outward and posture changes to compensate. Additionally, the ligament laxity that is necessary for the birth process leads to instability of the joints in the body including the spine and pelvis.
Regular Chiropractic visits can identify structural problems within the body, guide necessary interventions, and thereby restore function to allow for a more comfortable pregnancy and efficient childbirth.
The Webster Technique
The Webster Technique was discovered by Dr. Larry Webster in 1978, and was developed as a specific pelvic adjustment for pregnant women to help balance the pelvic muscles and ligaments in order to make the birthing process more manageable.
Performance of the Webster Technique involves analysis of the relationship of the bones of the pelvis, and correction of aberrant biomechanics through the use of a light force chiropractic adjustment of the sacrum. It also involves analysis and light contact to a supporting pelvic ligament. Both steps are intended to restore proper function in the pelvis and provide an optimal canal for childbirth.
It is important to understand that the Webster Technique is not to be misconstrued as the practice of obstetrics. The Webster Technique is a specific Chiropractic technique intended to establish neuro-biomechanical balance in the pelvis, and is well within the Chiropractor’s scope of practice. At no time does the Chiropractor attempt to change the position of the fetus. The Webster Technique facilitates easier and safer deliveries for both mother and baby.
With an increased awareness of the Webster Technique along with the increased use of midwives by mothers today, there is an increased demand for Chiropractors to undergo the training required to be certified to provide this technique to those who need it. At Health Partners, we are happy to offer the Webster Technique which is provided by a certified Doctor of Chiropractic.