THE WEBSTER TECHNIQUE:
The late Larry Webster, D.C., of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, developed a technique which enabled chiropractors to release stress on the pregnant woman's pelvis and cause relaxation to the uterus and surrounding ligaments. The technique is known as the Webster Technique.
Dr. Lee is certified to perform the Webster Technique. The goal of the Webster Technique is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation(misalignments), and sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. For clarification, the SI joint is located in the lower back, approximately where the lumbar spine ends and sacrum begins. After performing the Webster technique adjustment, the alignment to the spine and pelvis is greatly improved.
Common symptoms of sacral subluxation include (but are not limited to) low back pain, abnormal menstrual cycles, changes in bowel function, and sciatic nerve irritation. Sacral subluxations may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia). Dystocia is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. The correction of a sacral subluxation may have a positive affect on all of these causes of difficult labor.
In this framework, it is suggested that sacral misalignments may contribute to three primary causes of difficult labor: uterine nerve interference, pelvic misalignment, and the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. These effects on the uterus may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.
When an expecting mother seeks chiropractic care because her baby is in breech position, the restoration of pelvic alignment through the Webster technique also allows for an optimal fetal position. “Although research by members of the ICPA is ongoing, these studies provide insight into the benefits of the Webster technique,” Dr. Lee notes.
Research in Chiropractic care has determined that correct positioning of the baby in-utero is crucial in decreasing stress to the baby’s developing spine and nerve system.
Correcting pelvic alignment through Chiropractic adjustments creates healthy pelvic positioning, which ultimately prevents birth complications. Because of its importance, the Webster technique (adjustment) is recommended throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate any imbalances and optimize pelvic alignment. These are more common during pregnancy because of the mother’s increase in hormones.