With all the body changes an expectant mother experiences during pregnancy, chiropractic care may not be the most obvious treatment that comes to mind. However, Dr. Brian Fuller and Dr. Ray Manasia of Fuller Health Group in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, believe that the Webster technique is particularly suited for pregnant women. If you’re expecting and looking for the best overall health for you and your baby, contact Fuller Health Group and book an appointment today.
The principles behind chiropractic care center around the proper functioning of the nervous system and aiding it by maintaining proper alignment of the skull, spine, and pelvis. These alignments can be lost through injury or simply daily living, requiring adjustments to reorient the bones of the musculoskeletal system, which relieves pressure on nerves, permitting the normal systems of the body to work efficiently and free of pain.
The changes to the body during pregnancy are quite significant. As the baby grows, the mother’s center of gravity shifts forward, straining the spine and supporting muscles of the lower back. The expanding uterus adds its own stresses to the anatomy of the pelvis, shifting organs and pressing against the pelvic floor. Though the mother’s body is naturally engineered for this task, chiropractic care can aid the process. A chiropractic treatment technique called the Webster protocol may improve chances for natural childbirth.
Imbalances in the biomechanics of the pelvis may contribute to restrictions in the fetal movement which, in turn, increases the chances for the baby to be in a breech position as childbirth approaches. Breech births tend to increase the risks to both child and mother, including the need for birth by cesarean section.
The Webster protocol focuses on gently restoring the alignment of pelvis and spine to avoid these imbalances. While research is ongoing, there’s evidence that the techniques of the Webster protocol assist in restoring normal fetal movement, reducing the risk of breech birth positioning. Since chiropractic care is non-invasive, gentle, and without serious risk, the Webster protocol is an ideal addition to prenatal care.
Yes. Particularly in the cases of difficult births, such as breech deliveries or C-sections, the baby’s spinal alignment may face heavy stress. The baby’s body is built for compression, pushing out of the birth canal, but during difficult births, their bodies are pulled to assist exit, against natural design. A check of proper spinal movement, flexibility, and reflexes gives a good indication of the baby’s alignment after birth. The first adjustment corrects any misalignments, gently restoring full nervous system function.