Webster Technique

Dr. Jara has developed a unique treatment protocol combined with the Webster Technique to yield a high success with getting babies into proper positioning that may be turn around or backwards.

The Webster technique protocol is a natural method that is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. It is a gentle and non-invasive treatment. Its purpose to is help restore a normal and healthy balance to the mother and baby. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved. What that means is that your body is moving better and joint restrictions are opened up so the baby can freely move around and get into a natural and ready position.

The technique is used primarily for two reasons.

1. To help keep the mothers pelvis in proper alignment therefore allowing the baby to move freely into healthy positioning through out all phases of pregnancy.

When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections.

2. It is commonly used at later phases of pregnancy when babies are not in an optimal position and need assistance to help get into proper position ready to be birthed in the face down position.

To find out if you Webster Technique may work well for you then call our office for an appointment. Be sure to mention that you are inquiring about Webster Technique. Dr. Jara spends extra time with all her expecting mothers and we like to be sure we block that time accordingly.

Information about Dr. Larry Webster

Dr. Larry Webster, known as the “Grandfather of Pediatric Chiropractic,” he was a chiropractic legend who was an author, teacher, researcher, and inventor. Sadly he passed away February 7, 1997 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Webster was a 1959 graduate of Logan Chiropractic College. Shortly after graduating he started his family practice in Missouri. It was during those 20 years of practice that Dr. Webster became in the true sense a family doctor. As one of the few doctors in his community making house calls, staying through the night to adjust a sick child came naturally to this man. It was during those years that Dr. Webster’s desire to help children and pregnant women reached out beyond his community. Concerned about the constraint position of the fetus in the last semester of pregnancy, he developed the Webster in utero constraint procedure, a chiropractic analysis to detect the problem and a specific adjusting protocol. He taught this procedure for two decades, and has helped thousands of chiropractors and their pregnant patients.

Dr. Webster influenced many thousands of chiropractic students, teaching future doctors his clinical experience to detect and correct spinal subluxations. He maintained a private practice in the clinic and was a clinical teacher. Many generations of students had the opportunity to watch Dr. Webster care for the most difficult cases when he was alive. Dr. Webster was the chiropractor for many female students and wives of students during their course of pregnancy, and was often the first to deliver the chiropractic adjustment to hundreds of newborns. Our profession will always have a huge sense of gratitude for his endless contributions and dedications to children’s health and expecting mothers.

He is the founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association developed the Webster Technique adjustment as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. It was developed to restore normal physiological function of the mother and improve her comfort throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer, easier birth. He reported that in women who presented with a breech baby, the results of the adjustment appeared to normalize  pelvic neuro-biomechanics and facilitate optimal fetal positioning.  As he taught other doctors of chiropractic this adjustment, they too reported positive changes in baby positioning.

In this clinical and theoretical framework, it is proposed that sacral misalignment may cause the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments.  It is these tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus which may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.

The obstetric literature has determined that correct positioning of the baby in-utero affects birth outcome and decreases the potential for undue stress to the baby’s developing spine and nerve system. Obstetric literature has also determined the importance of pelvic neuro-biomechanics for the prevention of dystocia (difficult birth). Chiropractic literature has determined the significance of sacral adjusting in normalizing pelvic neuro-biomenchanics.

It is therefore considered prudent that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment be used throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate sacral imbalance and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics. Because of the particular female adaptations from the increase of hormones, weight gain and postural adaptations, pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral subluxation and neuro-biomechanical imbalance than the general population. Additionally, because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers should have their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby.

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