According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (I.C.P.A), The Webster Technique is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and facilitates biomechanical balance in pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments. This has been shown to reduce the effects of intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. At no time should this technique be interpreted as an obstetric, “breech turning” technique.
The majority of women who have had the Webster Technique performed, report no pain or discomfort at all. Occasionally, there might be some soreness in the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and joints similar to that of a massage.
This technique is very safe and is performed on pregnant women in all stages of pregnancy; including up to the day of delivery.
There is no exact time frame as this varies from patient to patient; as there are many factors that affect this. It is possible for the technique to work within the first few visits and sometimes it may take a couple of weeks.
I believe that ALL pregnant women should have their spine analyzed by a Chiropractor certified in the Webster Technique so they can be evaluated for any sacral misalignment and any interference within their nerve system.
It is NEVER too late. As soon as you find out the baby is in the breech position, you should contact a Chiropractor certified in the Webster Technique. The earlier you begin the more successful the Webster Technique is. We have had expectant moms begin care in the 38th and 39th week of pregnancy.
According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in the July/August 2002 edition, the Webster Technique was successful in 82% of the cases.