Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of the body’s ability to be healthy. This is accomplished by working directly with the nervous system- the power supply.
The Webster Technique, discovered by Larry Webster is a specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers. It is a chiropractic technique designed to assist in pelvic alignment and balance for safer, easier births.
Webster technique is highly successful in relieving the causes of intrauterine constraint and allowing babies to get into the best possible position for birth.
So what is intrauterine constraint? It is defined as any forces external to the developing foetus that obstructs its normal movement. It can prevent the developing foetus from attaining optimal positioning. This is the primary cause of dystocia (difficult labour) and frequently leads to operative deliveries and c-sections.
Performance of Webster Technique involves analysis of the pelvis and correction of abnormal biomechanics through the use of a light force chiropractic adjustment of the sacrum. It also involves analysis and relief of tension of abdominal muscles and ligaments caused by pelvis misalignment.
Currently approximately 1 out of 25 full term pregnancies develop into breech presentation. While many infants in breech position will spontaneously convert to cephalic presentation before 34 weeks, few will do so afterward. Additionally, the rate of posterior presentation is increasing leading to difficult labors. The importance therefore of preventing intrauterine constraint is clear.
Because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functioning by reducing nervous system stress, pregnant mothers should have their spine checked regularly throughout the pregnancy optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby.
Chiropractor Amy Melamet - Webster Certified
(adapted from article by Jeanne Ohm DC)