If anyone has ever heard me speak, the Webster Technique wasn’t specifically designed to enhance a baby’s positioning. It was really designed as a technique to assess sacral subluxations in all weight bearing people but what Dr. Webster noted with working with over 1,000 women was that after he was doing these techniques on an expecting mom, he would regularly see the babies turn into the vertex position after the adjustment.
He extrapolated from that in that this is something that could be really important to the expecting mom. It can be used through all stages because it can certainly help eliminate pain and discomfort. Ask any expectant mom after three months if they’re getting pelvic pain or pubic symphysis pain or any pain around the abdomen or round ligament pain, a lot of them are going to report yes. He had a lot of success in helping them with just their general discomfort but additionally, what he was starting to see clinically was that a lot of these women were having their babies turn into the vertex position, which is the ideal position for birth.
He noticed shorter delivery times, less need for interventions, less pain, less drugs and medications given to the moms who were undergoing these techniques and just realized that it’s the best and safest way to ensure the best outcomes for pregnancy and delivery. It really can be used at any stage of pregnancy because it’s always going to be beneficial to the mom to get pressure off the nerves and ensure the best pelvic alignment. That’s truly what the Webster Technique is.
It’s not guaranteed that everyone who undergoes Webster Technique is going to have the ideal birth and birth position and the baby will just shoot out on one push. That is not what we’re trying to say here but if you’re pregnant, if you had a history of spinal issues either before or during pregnancy, it’s absolutely the safest and best way to go to see a chiropractor because there are no dangerous side effects. It’s 100% safe in all women and there’s no contraindication to doing the Webster Technique because it is such a gentle technique without any high velocity adjusting. The best part about it is that it works with the ligaments and tendons and just helps them relax naturally which will provide more comfort throughout the pregnancy for the mom and as we said before, better outcomes in delivery.
If a short answer to the question is “How is it used,” it’s used throughout the pregnancy to ensure proper alignment, proper nerve flow to the nerves that are going to control and coordinate the entire birth process and help mom with potential to prevent uterine constraint. It really covers all the bases and that’s why it’s the primary go-to technique for the expecting mom.
Dr. Gregg D. Rubinstein, D.C., is a midtown Manhattan chiropractor with over 20 years of experience providing customized chiropractic treatment services to a wide range of clients in the Midtown Manhattan/West New York City area. Dr. Gregg Rubinstein and 57th Street Chiropractic can be reached at (917) 534-6484 and is located at 119 West 57th St. in New York, NY.