Chiropractic: The Webster Technique
You may not be aware that Chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy is not only safe for both you and your baby but it can also help your body be in the best possible shape for childbirth!
Chiropractors use a special technique, called The Webster Technique, during pregnancy in order to align your pelvis correctly. Proper alignment decreases interference to the nervous system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn decreases torsion, or twisting, in the uterus which is a cause of intra-uterine constraint for the baby.
Intra-uterine constraint can obstruct normal movement of the fetus which can prevent him/her from attaining a head down position for vaginal birth, resulting in a cesarean section delivery. By working with the mother's pelvis, Chiropractic allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.
This Chiropractic technique is NOT to be confused with the practice of Obstetrics and is not a "breech turning technique." Chiropractors adjust and balance the pelvis in order to make the best possible home for your baby during pregnancy.
The Webster Technique is performed by Doctors of Chiropractic that have been certified in this particular type of care. Training and certification is done through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (ICPA). Here at Riverview Chiropractic Health we have three Doctors of Chiropractic that are Webster certified and therefore specialize in providing pre and post-natal care for our patients as well as for their growing families.
If you have questions regarding pregnancy care, please call to speak with one of our doctors who can help determine whether or not Chiropractic is right for you. Additionally, please remember to discuss all questions and concerns that you may have with your healthcare provider!
Prenatal Massage Therapy
Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, including Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve both lymphatic and blood circulation. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.
Prenatal massage is tailored to fit a pregnant woman's ever changing body. During the first trimester, while lying on both stomach and back are still possible, prenatal massage will not vary greatly from a typical massage. However, during the second and third trimesters, the position for a pregnant woman is adjusted to side-lying.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage:
Doula is Greek for "woman caregiver." We now use that word to describe a trained and experienced labor companion who provides the woman and her husband or partner continuous emotional support, physical comfort and assistance in obtaining information before, during and just after childbirth.
A Birth Doula:
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth:
Research shows parents who receive support: