Sacral misalignment causes tightening and torsion on specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. It is these tense muscles and ligaments and their constraining effects on the uterus which prevents the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth. The Webster Technique is defined as “a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment that reduces the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. In doing so neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.” (International Chiropractic Paediatric Association). This in turn allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.
Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association created this technique as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function for pregnant mothers. In expectant mothers presenting breech, there has been a high reported success rate of the baby turning on its own to the normal head down (vertex) position. This technique has been successfully used in women whose babies present transverse (sideways) and posterior (the baby’s spine and back of the baby head facing the back of the mother) as well. It has also been successfully used with twins. Any position of the baby other than the vertex position, occiput anterior (head down with the back of the baby’s head facing forward in the mother), may indicate the presence of sacral subluxation and therefore neuro-biomechanical interference. At no time should this technique be interpreted as an obstetric, “breech turning” technique.
It is strongly recommended that this specific analysis and adjustment of the sacrum be used throughout pregnancy, to detect imbalance and optimize pelvic biomechanics in preparation for safer, easier births. Because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by alleviating nerve system stress, pregnant mothers should have their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both mother and baby.
Even the most routine birth can be a traumatic experience for both the mother and child. Any condition that affects the fetus adversely during pregnancy and delivery can cause musculoskeletal injury to the child. This is common due to intrauterine constraint. Spinal joint dysfunction can result in functional disorders of the infant appearing as excess crying, poor sleeping habits, vomiting, inefficient of ineffective eating habits, poor thriving, movement difficulties, and general irritability, discomfort and restlessness. The goal of chiropractic care in the paediactric patient is to support the infant’s quality of life and most especially parental bonding, reduce pain, improve overall function, reduce muscle tension, restore symmetry, and treat the infant specifically based on age, size, fragility, and individual needs. There are many documented cases of behavioural, sleep, feeding and crying improvements with spinal manipulative therapy.
Reference-International Chiropractic Paediatric Association