About Webster Technique
The Webster protocol is a chiropractic technique designed specifically for the gentle, non-invasive adjustment of the pelvis and sacrum of pregnant mothers, however, can be used to treat any individual.
Dr Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association developed this adjustment as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. It was developed to restore normal physiological function to the mother and improve her comfort throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer, easier birth. He reported that in women who presented with a breech baby, the results of the adjustment appeared to normalise and facilitate optimal fetal positioning.
How it can help
The Webster Protocol involves specific analysis and adjustment of the sacrum, pelvis, and associated muscles and ligaments of the lumbopelvic region. This allows for optimal range of movement in the lower back and pelvis and minimised tension throughout the uterine and pelvic cavities throughout pregnancy.
Aberrant movement and tightening of the ligaments and muscles surrounding the pelvis in a pregnant mother can cause pain and discomfort, and create non-optimal positioning of a foetus in the later stages of pregnancy, such as breech or transverse positioning.
- Lower back pain
- Pain down the legs and through the groin
- Referred pain
- Tightness or a tugging sensation around the lower abdominal area.
What to expect
Correction of pelvic misalignments using the Webster Technique involve light chiropractic adjustments using a table with segments that drop away when the chiropractor applies pressure in specific directions. The chiropractor may also provide gentle mobilisation of the hips and stretch associated muscles around the groin and lower back. Expecting mums cradle their tummy in a specifically designed pillow as they lay face down for treatment. No pressure is felt through the stomach. This technique is very gentle and proven highly effective in reducing pregnancy-related pains, and creating the correct movement of the foetus prior to labour and birth.
Mums undergo a myriad of changes to their body throughout pregnancy, such as weight gain, postural changes, and hormonal adoptions, which all increase stress placed on the nervous system.
Thus, it is imperative expecting mums receive regular chiropractic check-ups and adjustments to allow their bodies to adapt to such changes, decreasing pain and optimising bodily function, and allowing their babies the best start to neurological development.