Chiropractic is a natural approach to life and health which helps the mother gain trust in her body’s own ability to accomplish this incredible, innate unfoldment.
Doctors of Chiropractic work specifically with your pelvis throughout pregnancy restoring a state of balance and creating an environment for an easier, quicker, safer delivery.
Chiropractic adjustments reduce interference to the nervous system allowing your uterus to function at its maximum potential.
Chiropractic care is shown to reduce the need for pain medications and medical interventions.
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC ADD COMFORT?
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is an essential choice in your prenatal care. Preexisting unnoticed imbalances in your spine become stressed during pregnancy. These pronounced discomforts make it difficult to perform routine, daily activities. A large percent of pregnant women experience back discomfort/pain during pregnancy. This is due to the rapid growth of the baby and an interference to your body’s normal structural adaptations to that growth. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the common discomforts experienced in pregnancy. Specific adjustments eliminate the causes of stress in your spine.
COMFORT FOR YOUR BABY, TOO.
As your baby develops, your uterus enlarges to accommodate the rapid growth. So long as the pelvis is in a balanced state, the ligaments connected to the uterus maintain an equalized, supportive suspension for the uterus. If your pelvis is out of balance in any way, these ligaments become torque and twisted, causing a condition known as intra-uterine constraint. This constraint limits the space of the developing baby. Any compromised position for the baby throughout pregnancy will affect his or her optimal development.
PREPARING FOR A SAFER BIRTH
Dystocia is defined as difficult labor and is something every woman wants to avoid. In addition to the pain and exhaustion caused by long, difficult labors, dystocia leads to multiple, medical interventions which may be physically and emotionally traumatic to both you and your baby. Some of these interventions are the administering of pitocin, the use of epidurals, painful episiotomies, forceful pulling on the baby’s fragile spine, vacuum extraction, forceps and perhaps even c-sections. Each of these procedures carry a high risk of injury to you, your baby or both! However, all of these procedures used to hasten the delivery process can be avoided if delivery goes more smoothly to begin with.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy restores balance to your pelvic muscles and ligaments and therefore leads to a safer and easier delivery for you and your baby. Additionally, the chiropractic adjustment reduces interference to the nerve system allowing your uterus to function at its maximum potential. Published studies have indicated that chiropractic care does in fact reduce labor time.
We offer specific analysis and safe, gentle adjustments for your special needs in pregnancy. You and your baby’s continued safety and comfort is our primary care. This pregnancy, offer yourself the best! Include the many benefits chiropractic offers in your prenatal care choices. Give you and your baby the opportunity for a more comfortable pregnancy and a safer, easier birth!
THE WEBSTER TECHNIQUE
If there is intrauterine constraint as birth approaches, the baby is prevented from getting into the best possible position for birth. Even if the baby is in the desirable head down position, often times intrauterine constraint prevents the baby’s head from moving into the ideal presentation for delivery. The head may be slightly tilted off to one side or even more traumatically, present in the posterior or breech position. Any baby position even slightly off during birth will slow down labor, and add pain and distress to both the mother and baby. Many women have been told that their babies were too big, or labor “just slowed down” when it was really the baby’s position interfering with the normal process and progression. Avoidable interventions are implemented turning a natural process into an operative one.
The Webster Technique, discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), is a specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers. It is a chiropractic technique designed to assist in pelvic alignment and balance for safer, easier births. Formerly known as “In-Utero Constraint Technique” or “Breech Turning Technique”, the Webster Technique has been highly successful in relieving the causes of intrauterine constraint and allowing babies to get into the best possible position for birth.
Performance of the Webster Technique involves analysis of the relationship of the bones of the pelvis, and correction of aberrant biomechanics through the use of a light force chiropractic adjustment of the sacrum (Step 1). It also involves analysis and relief of specific abdominal muscle tension and ligament tension caused by the pelvic misalignment. (Step 2). Both safe and gentle steps are intended to relieve the musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint that may lead to dystocia, operative delivery or cesarean section delivery.
It is important to stress at this time that the Webster Technique is not to be misconstrued as the practice of obstetrics. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment intended to maximize female pelvic biomechanics, and is well within the chiropractor’s scope of practice. At no time does the chiropractor attempt to change the position of the fetus as is done in external cephalic version (ECV). Untrained individuals should not attempt the Webster Technique. The ICPA maintains the only database of chiropractors certified in the proper performance of the Webster Technique. In addition, the ICPA currently offers the only courses to certify chiropractors in the proper performance of it.