A Chiropractic Specific Analysis & Adjustment
I’ve been seeing an influx of patients coming into my office lately with questions regarding the Webster Technique. Often times the Mother’s have heard of it from a friend, doula or other health care professional about it but are unsure how it works exactly. What is important to know is that this is a very safe, gentle and effective adjustment to help restore neurological function and the biomechanics of the pelvis.
What has been interesting to note over the last 9 years is that I find a huge influx of these Moms in the Spring time as well as, in women who often have a more standing or active profession (teachers, dentists, nurses, hospitality workers and oddly enough most of my friends who are Chiropractors). This is most likely to do external mechanical forces placed on the spine and the nervous system while performing their jobs. Although to my knowledge there has not been any research studies done on this demographic, I think it stresses the importance of working to achieve both proper rest and alignment during pregnancy.
So how does the Webster Technique work?
Chiropractors are trained to assess both the sacrum and pelvis but this technique takes a little extra care and attention the Mother. Webster Certified Chiropractors use a specific Chiropractic Analysis and Adjustment to help facilitate the mother’s pelvic alignment and nervous system function. Along with this gentle adjustment we also release any tension created by the round ligament of the uterus and any pelvic ligaments, along with muscle release. This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments and reduces any torsion to the uterus and may allow for an optimal fetal position. The July/August 2002 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported an 82% success rate for the Webster Technique.
What is also important to note is that in my practice, I use the Webster Technique along with other Chiropractic techniques and adjustments that may be required to help women throughout their entire pregnancy as a lot of moms are coming in for a “Wellness Pregnancy” – this is one where they currently are not having any specific issues or pain but are coming to help normalize maternal physiology which allows for a better pregnancy and birth.
If you are in the HRM and surrounding areas and have any questions on how Chiropractic can assist you during pregnancy, please feel to call Coastal Sports & Wellness at 902-404-8034 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would be thrilled to answer any of your questions.
If you are not located in this area and are wondering if there is a Chiropractor in your region who is Webster Technique Certified, you can use this link to find one:
Yours in Health,
Dr. Michelle MacDonald