Doctors of chiropractic utilize a breadth of neuromusculoskeletal knowledge to
evaluate a person for postural asymmetry, decreased ranges of motion and
reduced functionality. The Webster Technique applies these resources to the
alignment and function of a pregnant woman’s pelvis, through evaluation of the
boney structures of the joints, ligaments and muscles. By promoting balance
throughout these structures, through gentle adjusting and manual therapy,
uterine function, position of the baby and pelvic contraction during labor can be
optimized. This technique is often utilized for mothers of breech babies, but can
be used with any pregnant woman to help optimize the baby’s position for birth.
During the treatment, the doctor of chiropractic will not apply any direct pressure
to the baby to get them to turn, but will help encourage optimal positioning of the
baby by aligning the pelvic structures to promote as much room as possible for
baby to engage for the most ideal delivery.
Through the course of a pregnancy the mother’s body is making dramatic
changes daily that can often contribute to back pain, and while back pain in
pregnancy is common, it is not normal, and there are many ways to address it so
that she can be more comfortable. Not only is the mother having to make new
postural changes with her ever growing belly, there are hormonal fluctuations
occurring that contribute to possible injury or pelvic misalignment by creating
instability in the joints.
Regular chiropractic and massage can not only promote ideal positioning of the
baby to help encourage easier labors, but can also help decrease or eliminate
back pain through pregnancy; making it ideal for both mother and child.
By Dr. Emily Watters, October 2nd, 2015