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.
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!
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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.
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