If you have been around a chiropractor’s office at all, you may have heard of the Webster Technique. This technique is specifically used for pregnant women and was created by Dr. Larry Webster, the founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). The goal of the Webster Technique is basically to improve fetal position and is recommended to be performed throughout pregnancy for any woman.
The first step of the Webster Technique is an evaluation of whether further adjustment is necessary. To complete this evaluation, your chiropractor will have you get into a prone position and flex your legs in the direction of your buttocks. If there is equal resistance from both legs, adjustment may not be needed now. If the resistance is unequal, the chiropractor will proceed with further steps.
The Webster Technique provides pelvic realignment for expecting mothers. This pelvic realignment improves the alignment of the uterine support systems, as well (specifically the round ligaments). When these structures are not aligned properly, it can cause a constraint in the uterus that leads to your baby being in a less-than-ideal position, like breech. Having your chiropractor use the Webster Technique when you are pregnant can reduce pain and increase the likelihood that your baby will position itself in the best possible way for birth – head down and face towards your back.
Special certification can and should be obtained by any chiropractor who performs the Webster Technique. Here at Optimum Wellness in Barrie, Ontario, we have staff members with this certification. If you are interested in learning more, give us a call.