What is Webster’s Technique and How Does it Work for Pregnant Women?
The Webster’s technique is a gentle chiropractic adjustment that aligns the pelvis and includes a soft tissue release of associated muscle groups. It allows the pelvis to function properly during pregnancy. The technique reduces soft tissue tension that may cause uterine torsion which allows for an ideal environment for the baby to grow and move. Webster’s technique is helpful in providing relief for common lower back and sciatic pains that pregnant women often experience.
After Dr. Nelson examines her pregnant patients. She often starts by reducing tension in the gluteus muscles and piriformis before starting her adjustments of the sacrum and pelvis. Most pregnant women look forward to being able to rest on their bellies with the support of a pregnancy pillow that can continually be adjusted as mom grows to make room for the baby.
Dr. Nelson adjusts the full spine as needed, usually using an activator tool to provide greater accuracy and reduce post adjustment soreness. Toward the end of treatment, the pregnant patient turns onto her back so that Dr. Nelson can examine the pubic bone. In this position, Dr. Nelson is looking for a misalignment and she will ask her patients if there is an increased tenderness on one or both sides. The pelvis is a circle made up of three bones (two ilium and a sacrum) and three joints (two sacroiliac joints and the pubic symphysis) – Webster’s technique is effective because it addresses all joints of the pelvis. The final step of the treatment reduces any tension in round ligaments and hip flexors that might be providing discomfort or causing pelvic or uterine torsion.
The whole Webster’s technique treatment is comfortable and safe for both mom and baby. Patients often share with Dr. Nelson they wish they would’ve started sooner or tried chiropractic during their previous pregnancies.
At each visit, Dr. Nelson provides postures to start adopting and some to avoid. She demonstrates exercises and stretches on an individual basis to help with ailments and support an expecting mother’s ever changing body.