The Webster Technique and Optimal Baby Positioning
Many women seek out chiropractic care in their third trimester after finding out that baby is in a breech position. While chiropractic care is not treating the position of baby, chiropractic care and specifically the Webster Technique can help align and open up the pelvis, allowing for space or room for baby to move into optimal positioning.
The Webster technique is a specific and gentle chiropractic assessment and treatment of the SI joints and pelvis. The goal is to restore balance and optimal function of the sacrum and pelvis and the associated muscles and ligaments.
During pregnancy, a women’s uterus enlarges to accommodate for a growing and developing baby. When the pelvis is aligned, the ligaments that connect to the uterus are able to maintain balanced support for the uterus. If the pelvis is out of balance, these ligaments can develop tension or torsion which is called intrauterine constraint. Intrauterine constraint decreases the amount of space baby has to move around which can prevent them from getting into optimal birth positioning (head down, bum up, arms tucked, back against mom’s belly & chin tucked).
Using the Webster Technique, we can restore and maintain this balance within the body to create more space for growth, and development and to allow your body and baby do what they need to do without biomechanical restraint. If baby is already in the correct position, this technique can help maintain that position and prepare mom and baby for a healthy labour and birth.