History of the Webster Technique:
The Webster Technique was developed by a chiropractor, Dr. Larry Webster, over 30 years ago. Dr. Webster then founded the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), which is the oldest free-standing organization in the chiropractic profession to teach and certify chiropractors on the Webster Technique. Dr. Webster created the ICPA to promote safe and effective chiropractic care for children, as well as chiropractic care during pregnancy, and wellness care for the whole family.
What is the Webster Technique?
The Webster Technique is a safe, gentle, and non-invasive way to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and sacroiliac joint dysfunction in pregnant mothers. According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, “The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated.” The Webster Technique is a safe and effective way to provide chiropractic care during pregnancy.
What does this mean?
Sacral subluxations (aka when the sacrum is misaligned) can negatively influence labor for mothers, leading to a more difficult and longer labor. This can be caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and breech position. While the Webster Technique does not directly correct breech position, it can encourage the baby to flip into the proper position for delivery.
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy:
Expecting mothers do not have to have a breech presentation baby in order to benefit from chiropractic care during pregnancy. Many pregnant women experience relief from common pregnancy ailments by getting checked regularly using gentle and safe chiropractic adjustments. Mothers are able to lay on a specialized pregnancy pillow or use a chiropractic table with pieces that move in order to fit to a pregnant woman – this keeps her comfortable and also avoids putting any stress or pressure on the baby. Sciatica, rib subluxation, and general joint pain are some of the most common musculoskeletal complaints during pregnancy. Chiropractic care before, during, and after pregnancy can allow mothers to not only have less pain, but also experience an easier and more comfortable delivery process.