The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that does 3 important things:
- Reduces nerve system stress
- Balances pelvic muscles and ligaments
- Optimizes the mother’s pelvic function in pregnancy and birth.
While this technique is often associated with the turning of breech babies it is important to know, Chiropractors do not turn Breech babies. However, a specific chiropractic adjustment to the pelvis and sacrum of a pregnant woman restores proper motion of the Sacro-iliac joint. In so doing the nervous system functions better, improving motion of the pelvis. Often, as the mothers body adjusts to improved pelvic motion the baby will spontaneously turn.
In other words, the adjustment restores normal physiologic function of the pelvic girdle. Under normal physiology the baby naturally goes into the best position for normal physiologic birth, with is head down. The adjustment does not cause the baby to turn rather facilitates optimal positioning.
Continued care through the entire pregnancy is always recommended to ensure proper motion of the pelvis during labor and delivery, encouraging normal physiologic births and can minimize complications such as a labor that is slow or fails to progress.
Many women want to know how many adjustments are required to know if a baby will spontaneously turn. This is not something we can guess. The baby will turn when the conditions are right. A Webster adjustment helps create this environment. It can take anywhere from 1 to 20 visits, assuming there are no other barriers to the malposition.
It is common for babies to move following an adjustment. This is not necessarily an indicator the baby has successfully turned. The best way to know if the baby has effectively turned is to follow up with your OB.
"Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and or SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved."