The Webster technique is a chiropractic treatment method that is specifically designed to address issues with the pelvis, particularly in pregnant women. It is based on the that misalignments in the pelvis can cause problems with the uterus and lead to abnormal fetal positioning. The technique involves adjusting the pelvis to restore proper alignment and balance, with the goal of facilitating optimal fetal positioning and promoting easier childbirth. The Webster technique and regular chiropractic adjustments can also help to reduce back pain, relieve stress, and improve overall comfort in labor and delivery.
What does chiropractic have to do with my baby’s positioning?
Your body’s external alignment (your bones and muscles) have internal attachments to your uterus and cervix, and when there's external misalignment, it puts unnecessary tension on the inside that can affect the shape, and tension on your uterus in a way that prevents your baby from being able to move into the position that they need to.
How do you know if your alignment is affecting their positioning?
If you are having any of the following, there is a good chance we can help you.
-one sided pelvic pain (sciatica, low back, hip, etc.)
-pubic bone pain
-baby always sitting way over to one side of your body
-baby always sitting way out in front
-history of pelvic injury
When do we consider them breech?
Our office takes the baby’s positioning seriously at 32-34 weeks. We like to have confirmation from your provider that they are head down by 34. It is common procedure from other birth providers to not consider them breech until about 36 weeks, but we find the earlier the Webster is administered the higher the likely hood of the desired result, so we actively manage as a breech presentation.
How often do I need to come?
Generally speaking, we usually see patients for prenatal Webster chiropractic adjustments starting in month 2-3. Appointments are scheduled the same frequency as your OB or Midwife. If you are referred later in your pregnancy with a confirmed breech presentation from 24-34 weeks along, our office will schedule twice a week. If you're in late third trimester or are scheduled for an ECV, an external cephalic version, or have a cesarean section scheduled, we try to schedule daily visits or multiple visits in one day depending on the Webster Indicators.
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