Chiropractic Webster Technique During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Webster Technique During Pregnancy

Feb 01, 2022

Your doctor will tell you that “the baby is in position” as your day of delivery draws near. However, it’s recorded that breech conditions affect up to 4 % of complete-term births. When you have a breech baby, the doctors may try to adjust the baby’s position in the week preceding the day of birth or perform a c-section delivery for safety.

However, more and more people are turning to chiropractic care during pregnancy to deal with such issues that may cause breech presentation. One specific chiropractic technique at Premier Chiropractic & Wellness is the Webster’s Technique.

What is Chiropractic Webster Technique?

Webster is the general term used to refer to any particular chiropractic care given during pregnancy. The technique focuses explicitly on the patient’s pelvis and sacrum. It also treats the muscles and ligaments in the surrounding areas.

Many chiropractors handle pregnant clients exhibiting various conditions, including nausea, swelling, and poor sleep patterns. Nonetheless, the primary goal of Webster’s technique is to address misalignments and create room for the pelvis during birth.

The goal of freeing up the pelvic space is to increase space in the uterus to aid in labor and delivery.

Who Benefits from the Technique

The Webster technique for pregnancy is for pregnant women with:

  • A breech baby
  • A past of breech babies
  • Other issues with the sacrum or pelvis during pregnancy

Webster’s method is an alternative to other invasive techniques for turning the baby’s head down, like the traditional external cephalic procedure.

It’s advisable to seek care during pregnancy, either preventative or intervention care, whenever an issue arises.

Protocol suggests that expectant mothers seek care throughout the pregnancy period since the relaxin hormone may hinder adjustments to hold as they are supposed to outside the pregnancy.

How is the Procedure Performed?

During the Webster technique with the chiropractor near you, you are issued a unique pregnancy pillow that allows you to lie face down on the chiropractic table. The pillow’s design allows appropriate support for your body to allow room for the belly. Also, some providers offer leafed drop-down tables for increased space and laxity.

In the face-down position, the chiropractor assesses you, starting with both feet, bending them up towards the butt to evaluate if they meet uniformly. The presence of imbalances means you have a misaligned pelvis.

For the adjustment, the chiropractor utilizes the drop table or special adjusting equipment on the affected side. You should notify the chiropractor of any abnormal feelings.

Additionally, they may ask you to turn over for the misalignment evaluation from the front side. The front side mainly involves massaging the soft tissues, including abdominal muscles and uterine ligaments.

If your appointment specifically addresses breech issues, it may surprise you that the chiropractor will not try to turn the baby. The adjustment focuses on increasing space in the pelvis for the baby to move freely to an optimal position independently.

After the appointment, it’s essential to hydrate, which aids in blood flow, healing, and lymphatic drainage.

Benefits of the Webster Technique

One of the chief benefits of the technique is that it’s moderately gentle than other invasive techniques, like the external cephalic version.

According to the few available studies, the technique currently has a higher success rate than other methods (a little over 50%).  Data also suggests that mothers going for chiropractic treatments during pregnancy are less likely to have c-section delivery, avoiding the risks associated with surgical birth.

The Webster Technique is also constantly considered safe for many pregnancies and helps throughout the pregnancy to prevent breech babies. In addition to addressing breech presentation, these methods can also ease:

  • Leg pains
  • Leg tightness
  • Back and neck pains
  • Birth canal problems, e.g., narrow space

Associated Risks

Note that the method is only considered safe. One fallback is that it’s not always covered by health insurance. Before making appointments, check forward to determine the coverage you get and the amount you will cough from your pockets.

There are also situations when chiropractic care is inappropriate for you. Talk with your doctor before going for an adjustment appointment if you have the following disorders:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Placenta previa
  • Placental abruption
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