The Webster Technique: Specialized Chiropractic Treatment for Pregnant Mothers
Are you pregnant and experiencing back pain? Did you know that 50-80% of pregnant women experience hip and back pain? If you are pregnant and suffering from hip pain, back pain or sciatica, discover what has effectively helped many other pregnant mothers. The Webster Technique is a Chiropractic treatment specifically designed to alleviate pregnancy related back pain. Dr. Kevin Ho is certified and actively practices the Webster Technique, helping pregnant mothers just like you, reduce and eliminate their pain through the entire 9 months of pregnancy!
The Webster Technique, founded by Dr. Larry Webster, has been safely carried out on pregnant mothers for over 30 years. The technique aims to analyze and resolve misalignments of the sacrum (tailbone) that cause hip and low back pain during pregnancy. The main goal of the technique is restore and optimize the functions of the pelvic and tailbone throughout the course pregnancy.
Top 4 Reasons why you should consider Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy
#1 Chiropractors trained in the Webster Technique offer a drug-free and safe solution for sciatica, hip and low back pain.
#2 Chiropractors can help pregnant mothers with other pregnancy-related ailments including carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis and rib pain.
#3 Receiving Chiropractic care could reduce labor time up to 39%. (“The Effect of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labor: A Comprehensive Study (Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic, 1991: 24-31)
#4 The Webster Technique can help optimize the fetal position of your baby leading to a natural and easier labour and delivery (The Webster Technique: A Chiropractic Technique with Obstetric Implications, JMPT, 2002:25(6):1-9.)
Why is Chiropractic treatment beneficial during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, a mother’s body undergoes rapid changes to her body. As the fetus grows in size, a women’s body must adapt accommodate this process. As you weight gain around the abdomen, it exerts a downward and forward pull on the lower spine. This weight gain along the loosening ligaments can set the stage for backache, neck pain or re-aggravate existing spinal or pelvis problems. Other areas that commonly affect pregnant moms include the ribcage and the upper back typically associated with fetal movements and/or increasing breast size. Chiropractic offers a safe and drug-free solution to many pregnancy related ailments. An experienced pre-natal Chiropractor analyzes and corrects the misalignments in the spine and pelvis to restore balance and proper alignment. This allows the mother’s body to best handle the ongoing physical stresses of pregnancy.
Is the Webster Technique similar to other Chiropractic Adjustments?
No, in fact the Webster Technique is unlike most traditional Chiropractic adjustments. No audible popping or cracking noise is produced and the entire technique is completed without forceful movements. All treatment sessions are completed with the pregnant mother lying down on her back or on her stomach supported by specifically designed pregnancy pillows.
My Baby is in Breech Position, can the Webster Technique help?
In 2002 Chiropractors using the Webster Technique, reported an 82% success rate in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (Jul-Aug 25(6)) resulting in correction of breech and posterior-positioned babies. However, it should be emphasized that the Webster technique is a Chiropractic Treatment that specifically aims only to restore sacral (tailbone) dysfunction in the mother, and no direct treatment is applied to the fetus. It has been observed that the effects of such treatments have often led to a natural correction of the fetus’ position in cases of breeched or posterior-positioned babies. If you are 32 weeks pregnant and your baby is not head down and/or posterior, have a Chiropractor trained in the Webster Technique check your hip and pelvis to see if you would benefit from this type of treatment.
Is it safe to receive Chiropractic treatment while I’m pregnant?
Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of healthcare for expectant mothers. It is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive approach specific to the pregnant mother. There have been no known contraindications to Chiropractic adjustments to the spine and pelvis during pregnancy. A comprehensive review of the current available research found that the most common side effect after the first adjustment was slight and temporary soreness. No other adverse side effects have been reported.
Why should I see a Chiropractor the 1st year after pregnancy?
Postnatal care is critical as you recover from your pregnancy and birth. The hormone Relaxin is still affecting the new mother’s body for up to 6 months after pregnancy. The effect of this hormone was to relax the mother’s ligaments during the pregnancy to support the growing size of the fetus. However, the main drawback of this hormone is that sometimes it can make your joints ‘too loose’, especially in the pelvic area (Sacroiliac Joint). Dr. Ho has had extensive experience in analyzing and treating pain associated with loose ligaments in the pelvic and low back. In addition, the new mother has new challenges with her body as she lifts, carries and feeds her new baby. Many new mothers struggle with sprains / strains related to repetitive motions causing upper back, shoulder, arm and wrist pain. Continuing Chiropractic care after your pregnancy will help you enjoy this precious first year with your new baby.