What is the Webster Technique?
The Webster Technique is an adjustment made to the sacrum, a large, triangular bone at the spine’s base. Low back pain in this location is common during pregnancy because of tension in the joints and ligaments in this area. The adjustment will restore proper function and balance to the area in an effort to reduce pain. In particular, tension and restriction are reduced in the round ligaments, the ligaments that support the uterus, as a result of restoring alignment to the pelvis and sacrum. Reduced restriction of these ligaments allows the baby to move about more freely, as well as reduce pain in the mother.
At Apponaug Chiropractic Center in Warwick, Dr. Chris Caliri can help you throughout pregnancy by using the Webster technique. This gentle technique can help ease pain and prepare the pelvis for the upcoming childbirth process. To find out how you can benefit from the Webster technique, contact Apponaug Chiropractic Center today.
What Symptoms Indicate Need for the Webster Technique?
Symptoms include having sharp, spastic pains, low back pain, sciatic neuralgia and symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction or sacral subluxation. Rather than wait for symptoms to occur, however, having regular chiropractic spine checks during pregnancy is the best choice for optimal health benefit to mother and baby.
Will the Webster Technique Turn a Breech Baby?
While the Webster Technique will not turn a breech baby, the restoration of proper balance and reduced tension and restriction in the pelvis creates an environment conducive to proper fetal positioning. The relaxation of the round ligaments that happens as a result of proper pelvic and sacral alignment free up the baby to assume a non-breech position.
What are the Benefits of the Webster Technique?
- Pain relief
- Reduction in the risk of having a difficult labor
- Stress reduction
- Less nausea
- Shortened labor and delivery
- Less chance of having a cesarean birth
- Improvement of all body functions due to reduced stress on the nervous system
Is the Webster Technique safe?
Chiropractic care is extremely safe in pregnancy and will not compromise the baby in any way. Performance of the Webster Technique is safe and beneficial throughout all trimesters of pregnancy. Modifications to the treatment plan will be made as the body changes throughout the pregnancy.
Why is Chiropractic Care Important during Pregnancy?
Spinal and pelvic misalignment often occurs during pregnancy as a result of the growing baby. This is secondary to release of the hormone relaxin, which causes ligaments to loosen to accommodate the baby. This loosening, however, can make pelvic bones unstable and lead to a painful misalignment. In addition, curvature in the lumbar spine increases as the baby grows larger and heavier. It is important to ensure the top and bottom of the spine in particular stay properly aligned, the top because it affects the entire spine and the bottom because misalignment here increases the risk of a breech birth.
Chiropractic care, however, is also beneficial prior to conception and after delivery. Chiropractic care obtained before conception promotes optimal uterine function as well as more regular menstrual cycles, increasing the odds of conception. Chiropractic care after delivery can ensure proper restoration of ligaments to their pre-pregnancy state.