The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association offers a pregnancy and chiropracitc certification program specifically for Chiropractors caring for pregnant women. More information can be obtained on their website at www.icpa4kids.org
Three of our Chiropractors are certified in The Webster Technique; Dr. Hannah, Dr. Jessica and Dr. Megan.
The Webster Technique is described as:
“a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which reduces nervous system stress and improves pelvic and ligament function. This technique is used to reduce torsion to the uterus and intrauterine constraint by allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth”.
Benefits to the mother:
- Prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in the bony pelvis
- Removes tension on the ligaments and surrounding muscles which attach the uterus to the bony pelvis thus reducing intrauterine constraint
- Reduces interference to the nervous system which controls and co-ordinates development during pregnancy
- Allows for an easier birth therefore decreasing the potential for intervention
Benefits to the developing infant:
- Removes nerve interference to the mother therefore allowing for optimal infant development
- Allows the infant room to develop and turn without restrictions to the cranium, spine and other skeletal structures
- Offers the infant room to manoeuvre itself in the best possible position for childbirth
- Decrease chance of dystocia (failure to progress during labour) and potential birth trauma caused by interventions
Women who have had access to The Webster Technique during their pregnancy demonstrate a high proportion of success (82%) in relieving the musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint. When successful, The Webster Technique can help to avoid ECV, the need for a C-section or a vaginal trial of breech birth.
This technique can be successfully applied at any point during pregnancy even as late as 39 weeks, however, it is highly recommended that pregnant women implement regular chiropractic care early in their pregnancy. By improving pelvic joint function early in pregnancy, optimal positioning of the fetus is encouraged before the possibility of a breech fetal presentation occurs.
Pregnant women choosing chiropractic care during pregnancy will also benefit from decreased levels of back and/or sciatic nerve pain, decreased posterior pelvic pain, decreased pain in the rib cage area and will often enjoy a reduced frequency and intensity of headaches.