Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies on a daily basis, from the moment of conception, physically, chemically and emotionally. Gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments make it easier to integrate this new experience with efficiency and ease, so you can focus on and enjoy the wonder of this magnificent time. Prenatal chiropractic allows your body to move through this time with as much ease as possible. For years, Dr. Nathan has been helping parents who were struggling with fertility before beginning regular chiropractic care. Whether you are trying to conceive or are already pregnant, having a neuro-spinal system working at its best creates the optimal environment for a healthy, comfortable pregnancy.
Prenatal Chiropractic and The Webster Technique
With the intent of supporting natural childbirth in the mid 1980s, Larry Webster, D.C., developed a chiropractic adjustment now called the Webster technique. The first and most significant observation of this adjustment was for women who were presenting breech during pregnancy. After they received the Webster adjustment, their babies turned head down. As a result, they were more likely to experience a natural childbirth that was safer and easier.
Often people will ask, “How can a chiropractic adjustment affect baby positioning?” The answer is by improving pelvic balance. When the mother’s pelvis is out of alignment, the ligaments that connect from the pelvis to the uterus increase their tension (tone) resulting in a distortion to the uterine space. Don MacDonald, D.C. offers a great analogy: “Increased tone is like sleeping in a bed with someone sitting on the sheets beside you. Can you turn over freely? No.” For the baby, the surrounding walls of the uterus tighten with pelvic imbalance, becoming more and more like tight bedsheets that restrict her motion. The chiropractic adjustment to the pelvis releases tension to the ligaments and uterus so that the baby can move freely and assume the best possible position for birth.
It is important to realize that many pregnant women are seeking ICPA doctors throughout their pregnancies to utilize the many additional benefits of the Webster technique. For every stage of pregnancy, this adjustment reduces interference to the nervous system—a vital benefit to improve physiology for both Mom and her baby. When Mom’s physiological function is at its best, the baby’s development is optimized. Balancing the pelvic bones, muscles and ligaments and improving normal physiology sets the stage for a natural birth.
Chiropractic care and the Webster technique allow for safer, easier births!
Birth is not just natural, it is supernatural. Natural birth is possible for every family. It has nothing to do with where or how you decide to deliver your baby; just that YOU have the courage to put fear aside and decide what is Innately right for you as a family. When a child is born, so are a mother and father; the most powerful versions of ourselves. Alignment, not just structurally, but with the Innate wisdom withIN you, with your birth team and with your partner creates an optimal environment for the process to unfold with greater ease. Research reveals that women who receive regular chiropractic care carry and deliver with more comfort. Specifically, with regular chiropractic adjustments mothers decrease the need for analgesics by half during their delivery and experienced a 24% reduction in labor time.
Pregnancy is a miraculous time which can allow women to connect deeply with their body, their partner, and their baby. It’s why we love our work and serve families during this amazing time. We care, we listen, and we help.