If you are unfamiliar with prenatal chiropractic care, you may have wondered about its safety or its purpose during pregnancy. With a Webster-certified chiropractor, you will receive pregnancy-specific care to aid in pregnancy. Here’s what you need to know about the Webster technique in prenatal chiropractic care.
What is the Webster Technique?
First things first, what exactly is the Webster Technique? The main aim is to lessen the effects of something called a sacral subluxation and to fix any SI joint issues. By doing this, it helps your pelvic region function better. The Webster Technique is defined as: “a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of subluxation and/or SI joint dysfunction. In doing so neuro-biomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region is improved.”
The Webster Technique is named after Dr. Larry Webster who developed this technique after attending his daughters’ labor. Although he adjusted her throughout her pregnancy, he believed a more direct approach focused on the pelvis would have resulted in a better outcome. Dr. Webster began practicing this technique on multiple pregnant women and consistently saw better outcomes. In 2000, the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) started a certification program for this technique. Now doctors around the world are taught the Webster technique in prenatal chiropractic and are certified through the ICPA.
Why Should I Seek a Webster Certified Chiropractor?
While your chiropractor has gone through extensive training for their license, a menial amount of those hours are dedicated to OBGYN and pediatrics. Webster-certified chiropractors receive hours of training dedicated fully to prenatal patients. Those who are members of the ICPA are also required to continue their training in order to maintain certification through the ICPA.
Your body goes through unique changes during pregnancy. From round ligament pain to pubic bone pain, and beyond that you want someone knowledgeable and confident to help with these transitions. While you may already have a chiropractor you see regularly, these are not the issues they are used to helping with. Dr. Alison Day is a Webster Certified Chiropractor in Charlotte, NC. If you do not live in the Charlotte area, you can find a Webster Certified chiropractor here.
Here are a few other reasons you might want to consider seeking out a Webster-certified chiropractor when you’re pregnant.
Fighting the Effects of Sacral Subluxation
One of the most common issues during pregnancy is sacral subluxation. Sounds scary, right? It’s actually a fancy way of saying that the sacrum (a bone at the base of your spine) is slightly out of place. This can mess with your body’s overall function and cause discomfort. The Webster Technique aims to lessen these effects with a specific chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is a great way to ensure that your spine stays in an optimal position.
Making Room for Your Baby
Sometimes babies find themselves in a breech position before birth. That means they’re feet-first instead of head-first. You might have heard of the external cephalic version, a medical procedure where doctors try to manually turn the baby. However, the great news is that the Webster Technique can help create more room in your pelvis, allowing the breech baby to turn their head down naturally.
Boosting Uterine Function
A big part of what makes this technique so great is that it helps improve uterine function. That means it can help your uterus do its job even better, providing a more comfortable space for your baby to grow.
Soft Tissue Love
Not to forget, the Webster Technique involves some serious love for the soft tissues in your body. By releasing tension in muscles and ligaments, especially in the pelvic region, it helps make your pregnancy as smooth and comfortable as possible.
A Real-Life Experience: Meet Chantel J.
Don’t just take our word for it. Hear from Chantel J., a real client of Dr. Allison from Better Day Chiropractic. Here’s her story:
“Dr. Allison is very knowledgeable and really takes the time to explain what she’s doing and why she is doing it. The initial consultation was very thorough and totally worth it. I’m currently 38 1/2 weeks pregnant and at almost 36 weeks I was told that my baby was breeched. After some research, I found that seeing a chiropractor could help make room for the baby to flip into position. After 3 sessions with Dr. Allison, I had another ultrasound and, aside from the obvious benefits of seeing a chiropractor like less back pain, my baby flipped into a head-down position! Dr. Allison gave me exercises I could do at home as well and checked in on me to see how I was doing after appointments. She was always right on time for appointments and very professional yet extremely friendly and made me feel comfortable. I would have never thought about a prenatal chiropractor but now I’d tell any expecting mama to make an appointment!”
Isn’t that incredible? The Webster technique has a super impressive success rate. Not only does it make your pelvic region’s muscles and ligaments work better, but it can also help your baby to flip into the right position. It’s way less invasive than other methods and it shows just how important prenatal chiropractic care is for a healthy pregnancy. So if you’re expecting, why not make an appointment and see for yourself?
At Better Day Chiropractic, we’re dedicated to serving you throughout your pregnancy and postpartum recovery. We also offer sports, family, and pediatric chiropractic care. If you are located in Charlotte or the surrounding areas, reach out to us today.