Perinatal Chiropractic Care
Webster Technique Certified
During pregnancy, your body is undergoing many rapid changes. Structurally, the pelvis and spine shift to accommodate the growing baby. The curve of your low back becomes exaggerated as the center of gravity shifts. Your ligaments also become looser as your body produces more of the hormone, relaxin. These changes tend to result in subluxations or misalignments to the sacrum and pelvis.
Dr.Timmie and Dr. Melissa are specifically trained in the Webster Technique to analyze the alignment and movement of your pelvis and sacrum and make specific corrections to restore normal motion to these joints. Difficult labor is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic imbalances, and baby malpresentation. Sacral adjustments may affect the function of the uterus, improve pelvic balance and reduce tension to pelvic muscles and ligaments.
When balance is restored to the mother’s pelvis, her uterus and pelvis function better and her baby may be able to comfortably assume the best possible position throughout pregnancy and for birth.
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and birth.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated.
Sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. Correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.
Women who receive regular prenatal chiropractic care may see the following benefits:
- Encourages optimal fetal position through proper pelvic alignment
- Provides greater comfort throughout pregnancy
- Supports a natural labor and delivery
- Reduces average labor time: One study shows that regular prenatal chiropractic care reduced labor times by 25-30%.
- Relieves neck, back, hip and pelvic pain
- Relief from sciatica
- Decreased rib pain
- Help with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
- Reduces fatigue
- Lowers the need for C-section
Postpartum Chiropractic Care
Recovery from the birth experience can be helped a lot by chiropractic care in the days or weeks following delivery. The process of birthing can cause subluxations to your pelvis, sacrum, pubic bone and spine, especially if you experience back labor, an epidural, bedrest or laboring in sub-optimal positions. The length of labor and delivery can also cause dysfunction in the spine. Even natural non-traumatic births take a toll on a mother’s body. Having a chiropractor like Dr. Timmie or Dr. Melissa assess and correct these spinal dysfunctions soon after delivery can help make your recovery quicker and more comfortable.
If you are breastfeeding, the additional weight pulling forward on your upper back causes a lot of tension. Sleeping in awkward positions with a baby in your arms can also cause a lot of neck and back pain and dysfunction. Even carrying a baby around can cause some stress on your low and upper back. Chiropractic care addresses all of these dysfunctions and allows you to focus on caring for your new baby without any pain or discomfort distracting you.
Postpartum care can address the following issues:
- Pelvic pain
- Pubic bone pain
- Low back pain
- Hip pain
- Upper back pain
- Discomfort with breastfeeding
- Neck pain
- Lower abdominal discomfort