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The Webster Technique
Charlottesville family and pregnancy chiropractor, Dr. Jennifer Prax, offers pregnant women adjustments using the Webster Technique. The Webster (in-utero constraint) Technique was developed by and named after the late Dr. Larry Webster, who was the founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). This analysis and chiropractic
adjustment is used specifically for pregnant mothers and works to correct sacral subluxations. The goal of the technique is to establish a balance in the pelvis of pregnant women, thus reducing the stress on the uterus and its supporting ligaments. With constraint removed, the baby is able to get into an optimal position for birth.
Many professionals consider it normal for a baby to be breech well into the third trimester. In fact, most birth practitioners and doctors aren't concerned about breech presentations until a patient has reached the 37th week of pregnancy. While most babies naturally turn on their own, as many as 4 percent remain in a breech position at birth. This technique has a high success rate, some sources quote as high as 82 percent, allowing babies to turn vertex after treatment. Many doctors of chiropractics use the Webster Technique as early as the eighth month of pregnancy when it is known that the baby has a breech presentation.
The obvious benefit of seeing a family chiropractor during pregnancy is that the treatments help to establish a balance in the pelvis, which gives the baby the room he or she needs to properly develop during the time spent in utero. With plenty of room, the baby is able to get into the vertex position in which his or her head is down. Mothers who have seen a chiropractor for adjustments of this type tend to worry less because there is little chance of the crises that can come as a result of posterior or breech presentations. Finally, when the baby is properly positioned, births are generally easier and safer for both the baby and the mother, reducing the changes of dystocia, also referred to as difficult labor.
Dr. Jennifer Prax is unique because she works exclusively with pregnant mothers and children in the Charlottesville area. She is committed to maintaining and delivering clinical excellence for the patients under her care. In utilizing the Webster Technique, Dr. Prax strives to make pregnant women more comfortable, encouraging natural birthing techniques. It helps to release joint restrictions common in the pelvic bones during pregnancy, in addition to reducing ligament tension in fascial and muscular tissues that may be contracted, to create a womb environment that is closer to the ideal. Dr. Prax has found that babies are able to get into the most optimal position within one to four visits, spread out over the period of one to two weeks.
Dr. Prax encourages women to travel to the Charlottesville area, even if they are not local. The benefits of a seeing a family chiropractor for pregnancy are helpful enough to justify any travel time or cost that may be incurred. Women have to relax, trust and understand that they were designed to birth babies and that it is possibly to have a great outcome by birthing naturally, with results that are safe. Dr. Prax is a Charlottesville chiropractor that has the experience to help women achieve the best possible birth experience. Call us at 434-977-5433 to schedule a consultation or appointment with Dr. Jennifer Prax.