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. Thompson are both Webster proficient. Dr. O'Brien completed her Webster certification in 2015, and Dr. Thompson will complete her certification (to make it "official") in early 2020.
Research shows that the Webster technique is most effective when started in the 8th month (31+ weeks) of pregnancy. Please note, however, that both Dr. O'Brien and Dr. Thompson are well versed in seeing pregnant patients during any trimester 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 facilitate the mother’s pelvic alignment
-this balances the pelvic muscles and ligaments, reduces torsion to the uterus, and offers a greater potential for optimal fetal positioning (referred to as cephalic, or "head down")
-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.