Webster Technique

Webster Technique

The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment protocol. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral and sacroiliac joint dysfunction to improve neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis.

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, creating 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 can contribute to difficult labor caused by uterine dysfunction via uterine nerve interference, pelvic contraction, the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments and fetal 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 can contribute to troublesome lower back pain for a pregnant woman and may set the stage for a painful, long labor with interventions that mom may or may not want.

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.  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!

Dr. Herrst has been practicing the Webster Technique for over 10 years. She believes that women do not need to be in pain and focuses on making her patient’s pregnancies and postpartum period comfortable. There are alternatives to helping your breech baby move into a better position!