The Health Offices at Riverview Chiropractic Health

Helping generations of families pursue optimal health through Chiropractic... Naturally! 

1567 Military Road - Kenmore, NY - 14217 (716) 877-0676

The Pregnancy Corner

Here at Riverview Chiropractic Health, it is our focus to provide patients with the best possible Chiropractic, Massage and Doula care throughout their pregnancies.  Look below for a list of the services we offer.

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:

  • Hormone regulation
  • Reduction of swelling, back pain, joint pain and nerve pain
  • Improved circulation and sleep
  • Increased oxygen supply to soft tissue and muscles
  • Decreased muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduction of stress and anxiety

Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome and maternal health.

Doula Services

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:

  • Recognizes birth as a key life experience that the mother will remember all of her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out their plans for birth
  • Stays by the side of the laboring woman throughout her labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint, and assistance to the woman in getting the information she needs to make good decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman's memory of the birth experience

Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow.  In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect.  They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth:

  • Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • Reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Research shows parents who receive support:

  • Feel more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding
  • Have greater self-confidence
  • Have less postpartum depression
  • Have lower incidence of abuse

The acceptance of doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of the important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well-being of mothers and infants.