What is the Webster Technique?

Dr. Ashley has her certification in Webster Technique from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, but what does this mean?

 

First a little history...

 

Dr. Larry Webster is known as the "Grandfather of Pediatric Chiropractic".  He graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic (the same college as Dr. Ashley!) He is the founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).  He is also the creator of the Webster Technique.  Dr. Webster found this technique to be very useful in cases of low back pain, sciatica, as well as other symptoms typically associated with sacral and pelvis dysfunction.  Through his practice, he also discovered that this technique was great for pregnant women.  This helped to create an optimal environment for baby by allowing ample room for the baby to grow, develop, and get into the proper position for labor and delivery.  It has been theorized that dystocia (difficult labor) is a result of uterine nerve interference, pelvic misalignment, and imbalance of the pelvic musculature.  The Webster Technique can help to reduce the risk of dystocia by balancing the pelvis and the surrounding musculature, as well as reducing the nerve interference to the uterus with chiropractic adjustments.

 

What does this involve?

 

It involves the analysis of the pelvic and sacral structure and function.  It also involves analyzing the soft tissues that surround the uterus, pelvis, and sacrum.  The doctor does this by checking leg lengths, heel to butt restrictions, arm lengths, and also the tone of the ligaments and musculature surrounding the pelvis.  Once a proper analysis is done, the doctor can then make corrections to the alignment of the pelvis and sacrum, and can perform soft tissue work if necessary.  The most common soft tissue structures involved are the iliopsoas and piriformis muscles, the round and the utero-sacral ligaments (ligaments that attach the uterus to the pelvis and sacrum).  These corrections are very gentle, and safe from mom-to-be and baby.

 

Chiropractic care, especially the Webster Technique, can help mom-to-be enjoy pregnancy with less pain and discomfort, and can also result in a safer, healthier, quicker, and easier labor and delivery.  What mom doesn’t want that?!

 

For more information on the Webster Technique and the ICPA, visit:

http://icpa4kids.com/about/webster_technique.htm

http://icpa4kids.com/about/webster_technique_history.htm

 

As always, if you would like to know if chiropractic care is right for you and your family, call or email to office with questions, or book an appointment online or by phone.

 

Thanks for reading!

-Dr. Ashley