Pregnancy Care

Chiropractic care during your pregnancy can help alleviate some of the following complaints without the use of drugs such as Tylenol or Advil:

-Low back pain
-Pelvic pain
-Hip pain
-Hand and wrist discomfort
-Foot and ankle discomfort
-Round ligament pain
-Posture related discomforts

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is a safe way to complement your other prenatal care, with the aim of helping your system function at 100%. Care during your pregnancy aims to help expecting mamas prepare to greet their little ones. Chiropractic adjusting has also been shown to help reduce overall duration of labor and can help make labor more comfortable. Webster Technique is a pelvis balancing protocol that helps align the pelvis, hips and low back, allowing for proper function of the uterus and it’s supporting structures.

It’s important to remember though that your provider is not a chiropractic obsetricians, nor do they practice obstetrics. Chiropractic care during your pregnancy is an additional piece of the prenatal care package, led by your birth provider of choice (OB/GYN, Midwife, etc).

Follow-up care post-partum is also crucial to your recovery from labor and delivery, plus the new physical challenges of caring for an infant. Your neck, upper back and midback can all suffer from the strain of carrying and holding your newborn. Add breastfeeding and sleep deprivation in to the mix and you have a potent formula for aches and pains you never knew were possible!

Chiropractic physicians also treat infants and children once they have become a part of your family! Chiropractic care is safe and gentle for growing bodies and is an important part of a healthy childhood. Dr. Herrst specifically has experience helping babies with breastfeeding difficulties, digestive complaints and colic and ear infections. Dr. Herrst says,

“I have been a chiropractic patient since I was 6 years old. I believe in health and wellness and think that with the number of slips, falls and accidents that kids get themselves in to, they are bound to have some joints that aren’t working properly. You wouldn’t dream of not having your child’s teeth examined at some point, right? Why are their spine and other joints any different?”

You deserve a comfortable nine months and a happy child!


Webster Technique

The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment.

The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.

As your baby grows in the womb, so does your belly, and that growth  and shift in weight will often place pressure on different spinal and pelvic areas and can create misalignment. The hormone, relaxin also helps with the stretching and growth of the uterus and allows for the flexibility of the body to make room for baby. This same hormone, however, also creates laxity in the ligaments and can make for an unstable pelvis, especially as the low back curve increases. This can be a recipe for some very intense pain and discomfort.

Sacral misalignment contributes to difficult labor caused by uterine dysfunction via uterine nerve interference, pelvic contraction, the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments and baby mal-presentation (breech).

These alignment challenges may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth. Any combination of misalignments of the pelvic bones and sacrum will contribute to troublesome, or even severe, lower back pain for a pregnant woman, and set the stage for a painful, long labor with interventions that mom may or may not want and might result in an eventual c-section.

The Webster In-Utero Constraint Technique, or simply the Webster Technique, was developed by Dr. Larry Webster after watching his own daughter suffer through a long, painful labor with a baby in the breech position. It is a chiropractic technique that balances the pelvis properly, while also reducing the stress to the ligaments that support the uterus, more specifically the round ligaments.

Webster Technique

The round ligaments hold the uterus in suspension in the abdomen. As the pregnancy progresses, they can become thin and tight like a rubber band pulled to tension, and can cause sharp, spastic pains and restrict the space the baby has to maneuver in the womb. Without the room to move, your baby is likely to stay in a breech position beyond 37 weeks. This can be a very disconcerting feeling to many women, as we know from firsthand experience. Once the pelvis and sacrum are properly aligned, the Webster Technique focuses on relieving the tightness in the round ligaments. This allows the baby to shift comfortably and freely within the womb so that he or she may get into proper position for the big journey to the outside world and into your arms!

For more information on the Webster Technique, click here.

Dr. Herrst has been practicing the Webster Technique since the start of her practice. She believes that women do not need to be in pain and focuses on making her patient’s pregnancies and postpartum period comfortable.

Local Resources

  • Milagros Boutique, products for maternity, infants and toddlers, classes and events
  • Baby Blues Connection, local nonprofit organization providing support, information and resources to women and families coping with pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders.

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