By Dr Kristin Webb (Chiropractor)
The Webster Technique is a gentle, low force approach for assessing & treating the pregnant pelvis.
Many people think The Webster Technique is used to turn breech babies which is NOT true.
Its purpose is to address the pelvic joints, ligaments, and muscles. We recommend pregnant patients get assessed regularly throughout their pregnancy due to their quickly growing and changing bodies. Regular care during pregnancy may help to prevent & alleviate discomfort associated with pregnancy, such as lower back pain, sciatica, and pelvic pain by improving pelvic mechanics. Optimal pelvic mechanics aids in preparation for labour and the birthing process.
How is it done?
Webster technique is an additional training & certification Chiropractors may take in order to improve their knowledge & technique in regards to assessment and treatment of a pregnant patient.
Fun fact – Webster technique can actually be used to assess any weight bearing pelvis – not just during pregnancy! It is a fantastic technique to use postpartum as well.
Webster technique addresses 6 key areas of the pelvis:
- The position of the sacrum (bone at the bottom of the spine)
- Piriformis muscles
- Sacrotuberous ligaments
- Pubic bone
- Hip flexor muscles
- Round ligaments
By assessing the above areas your Chiropractor can help to improve the function of your pelvis which may allow for optimal space for the baby in utero which may help optimize fetal positioning.
Read the full research article from the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health: