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Webster Technique

“The baby’s turned!”

As the due date draws near, most babies have assumed a head-down position in the mother’s uterus. If the baby hasn’t turned, there is a greater chance of a more difficult breech birth or risky Caesarean intervention. The Webster technique is a safe, gentle technique which allows the baby to move into the correct position in order to be born.

Constrained Uterus

Developed by the late Larry Webster, D.C., this chiropractic technique releases stress on the pelvis, relaxing surrounding ligaments and reducing the sacral subluxation to restore more normal function.

Sacral subluxation may cause the tightening and twisting of pelvic muscles and ligaments, constraining the uterus, not allowing the baby to get in the proper position. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of subluxation and the associated dysfunction of the SI joint. The result? Neurobiomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region is improved, which often allows the baby the space to position itself in the proper, head down position.

Successful Approach

The July/August 2002 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reports that 82% of chiropractors using the Webster Technique reported successful outcomes with the baby turning into the vertex position.

Sometimes, using the Webster Technique the associated dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint can be reduced with just one adjustment. But usually it takes between three to 10 visits over a several week period.

Because the Webster Technique relies on the inborn intelligence of the mother and baby, there is little risk. The Webster Technique is based on the positive experiences of pregnant patients, the clinical experience of its many practitioners, academic studies on the subject of sacral subluxation and its consequences to proper pelvic function.