Chiropractic spinal and pelvic adjustments can reduce or resolve pregnancy discomforts such as back pain, hip pain, sciatica, and heartburn. Chiropractic can accentuate optimal fetal positioning by helping the pelvis to be symmetrical. In turn, this helps the uterus to be more symmetrical. Adjustments can help the baby to fit the pelvic brim better, and to help stimulate cervical ripening. Adjustments also make the pelvis more flexible so that pelvic joints move more easily during labor.
Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Riley are both certified in the Webster technique. Research shows that the Webster technique is most effective when started in the 8th month (31+ weeks) of pregnancy.
Dr. Jeanne Ohm, Executive Director of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), sends this description of Chiropractic techniques for optimal fetal positioning and easier birthing:
-A chiropractic adjustment called the Webster technique is a specific sacral adjustment to help facilitate the mother’s pelvic alignment and nervous system function.
-This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, reduces torsion to the uterus, and offers a greater potential for optimal fetal positioning.
-Originally used for breech presentations/posterior presentations (“sunny side up”), current research is revealing the benefits of receiving the Webster technique throughout pregnancy for the prevention of dystocia (inability of the baby to fit through the birth canal).
-The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis. The goal of this technique is to reduce the effects of sacral misalignment/ SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, proper mechanical pelvic and sacral function is restored!
-The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association offers chiropractors advanced classes on care in pregnancy, including the Webster technique. Providers certified in this technique are listed on the ICPA website here: www.icpa4kids.org.