During pregnancy, it’s obvious that a woman’s body undergoes a lot of stress while pregnant. Your nervous system has a LOT of changes to coordinate in order to build a human being. Most of us struggle to keep just ourselves healthy. Trying to function optimally while building a child is exponentially more difficult. As a result, problems that may have gone unnoticed before tend to show up while pregnant. This is likely why we see women deal with diabetic problems, blood pressure problems and spinal misalignment problems commonly while pregnant despite not exhibiting symptoms before being pregnant.
As a result, it is common for abnormal shifts in the spine and especially the pelvic area, including the sacrum, to show symptoms during pregnancy or become worse during pregnancy. Webster Technique was developed to address the common but abnormal shifts in the sacrum. It’s probably obvious that growing something the size of a watermelon inside your pelvic bowel can put some pressure on the foundation structures (pelvis, sacrum, pubic symphysis and spine) that supports it.
A common result of an abnormal shift of the sacrum can result in a breech presentation. Your baby doesn’t have a lot of room inside of your uterus. If the surrounding structures to which everything attaches is out of place it can make it difficult for the baby to naturally turn itself properly head down.
Chiropractic as a profession seeks to find and adjust misalignments in the skeletal system. Most every bone in your body is connected to another bone via a joint. Chiropractors are the only experts in analyzing the bones and joints in your body to determine if they are in the correct alignment and moving properly. Your chiropractor will use a chiropractic adjustment to correct this. Traditional chiropractors may use other pain based therapies like STIM, Ultrasound, and general non-specific spinal traction mobilization. Whereas a structurally focused chiropractor typically used weight bearing structural x-rays of your spine combined with a specific, often digital, posture analysis to determine any abnormal shifts.
Being pregnant limits the ability of your chiropractor to do x-rays. It also limits the effectiveness of doing a digital posture analysis because your posture is clearly different carrying a baby. Your center of gravity is shifted and as a result, you will not be able to easily determine slight shifts in posture with an already significant postural change from pregnancy.
Webster Technique allows your chiropractor to quickly determine misalignments in the sacrum without relying solely on posture or x-rays. Because of the ease and quickness of Webster Technique both traditional and structurally focused chiropractors are able to implement this chiropractic adjusting method into their practice.
Webster Technique is, in my opinion, one of the easiest methods of adjusting a chiropractor can learn outside of his/her routine chiropractic adjustments. Every chiropractor settles into a technique or combination of techniques that he/she uses to treat patients. Unfortunately, some chiropractors do either have not learned or do not like to get outside of their comfort zones and will not implement Webster Technique. Some chiropractors won’t even adjust pregnant patients. I honestly do not understand this but to each his own.
The most important thing you need to find is a chiropractor that is confident in their ability to adjust you. Regardless of whether you are pregnant, breech or neither if you want to be at your best then don’t settle for a chiropractor just because they are close or cheap or in-network.
HA! Chiropractors using Webster Technique on pregnant patients with a breech presentation are over 80% effective in seeing the baby turn to a normal presentation. Remember, Webster Technique is not used to flip the baby. It is used to correct sacral malposition. When the sacrum is adjusted to a more normal position the result is often that a baby in a breech position will turn on its own. No drugs, no surgery, not forced manipulation with a bunch of MDs trying to force your baby into a position it doesn’t feel comfortable being. Webster Technique is a very safe and effective chiropractic treatment that has seen a great deal of success helping pregnant mothers see relief with not only breech but also low back pain.
Most importantly is that you get started soon rather than later. It’s rare that it is too late to find a chiropractor for Webster Technique adjusting, but being pregnant is stressful enough. Make it a priority to get yourself check. You clearly care about the health and wellbeing of your baby and that is directly related to your health and wellbeing. If you would like more information about how chiropractic or the Webster Technique may be able to help you call Corrective Chiropractic today to schedule a consultation.
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