The Webster Technique
During pregnancy is one of the most important and beneficial times during your life to include chiropractic care in your healthy habits, but it is important that you choose a chiropractor who has training and experience with this. Dr. Jenkins is one of the only Chiropractors in our community certified in the Webster Technique, which is a specialty technique used to treat expecting mothers. To find out more how getting adjusted helps both you and your baby, check out our prenatal chiropractic page.
The Webster technique is best described as a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved. What this means is the goal of the adjustment is to balance your pelvis, thus giving your baby optimal room to move and position themselves.
Now there are a lot of misconceptions out there about the Webster Technique, and what it does. We try to answer some of the most common ones on this page.
My OB said if I go to a chiropractor, I will go into early labor…is that true?
No, if we could cause women to go into labor we would have a line out the door. There is absolutely no data to suggest this.
My OB said if I go to a chiropractor and lie on my back that will hurt the baby…is that true?
No, the adjustment takes less than 5 minutes, which is of no harm to your baby. The better question is why does the doctor have women lie on their back for 24 hours during delivery?
My OB wanted to know why a chiropractor was going to turn my breech baby. Isn’t that dangerous without ultrasound?
Yes that would be dangerous. We don’t turn babies, we adjust moms. Babies will turn themselves, we just give them the optimal environment to do this.
My friend asked if the baby turns and you keep doing Webster, won’t that make it turn back again?
No, quite the opposite. By keeping your pelvis balanced, your baby can get in and stay in the optimal position.
My friend said if I get Webster done, the cord may get wrapped around the baby’s neck.
On the contrary, the Webster technique helps to facilitate normal fetal positioning. We don’t hear this much, but it is entirely untrue.
My friend said that I only need to get adjusted until the baby turns…is that true?
The amount of adjustments you get are up to you. There are more benefits to the adjustments than just proper baby positioning. Getting adjusted throughout pregnancy can make delivery quicker and easier for the mom, as well as reduce pain and suffering during the entire pregnancy. Visit our Prenatal Chiropractic page for more information on this.
I heard if the baby doesn’t turn in 4 visits, it’s not going to turn
I have no idea where this notion came from but it is completely unsubstantiated.
How many visits is it going to take for my baby to move?
We have no idea. Babies are hard to predict both before and after they are born. Most breech babies do move into the proper position though.
I felt movement after yesterday’s adjustment, can you check and see if the baby is head down?
No, that is outside our scope of practice. Your midwife or OB will have to check for you. We would be opening ourselves up to a lawsuit by telling you this. Some moms can feel the baby has moved, others can’t. Either way, it’s best if your prenatal medical providers confirms.
I hope this page helps clear up any confusion that you may have about the Webster technique. For more information, you can visit http://icpa4kids.com/about/webster_technique.htm.