Webster’s Technique has gained worldwide attention because of the apparent link between poor pelvic alignment, pregnancy-related pelvic and lower back pain and the breech presentation of babies.
Webster’s technique is a very gentle yet powerful Chiropractic technique designed to ensure that the mother’s pelvis is well aligned and that the muscles and ligaments that surround the pelvis and womb are under normal tension. As a result of the reduced strain placed upon the pelvis and womb some women report a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery with its use and in some cases, there are reports of babies turning naturally on their own. There is a correlation between a poorly aligned and conditioned pelvic structure with breech presentations (explained below) and that if the Chiropractor is able to restore normal alignment then there is a chance that the baby will be able to turn naturally of its own accord. All of our chiropractors at SpineCentral are thoroughly trained in Webster’s technique.
Here is the official description of Webster’s Technique from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).
The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. 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.
In short, the Webster Technique is a specific Chiropractic technique used to analyse and correct pelvic imbalances found in any person at any age. Yet it is commonly applied to pregnant women because of the gentle ease of application that is well suited to pregnant bodies.
The technique takes about 10-15 minutes to complete per session and the average women would require 4-6 Chiropractic sessions over a two week period to gain positive results in pelvic alignment. The best time to use the Webster’s Technique for a breech presentation is between weeks 30-36 of your pregnancy. Whilst it is possible to gain positive outcomes at 37+ weeks the results become less predictable.
For more information on the Webster technique please visit the website of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association
For even more detailed information about the Webster’s Technique please read these peer-reviewed journal articles discussing the success of Webster’s technique in helping to turn breech babies: