These days, the chance of a mother having a Cesarian C-Section are about 40%, even at well known hospitals such as Chicago’s own Northwestern Memorial. While we understand that sometimes this is a life saving procedure that needs performed, the World Health Organization states that this should be happening about 8 percent of the time, NOT 40%. So you may be wondering, how can I avoid getting a C-Section?
Uterine constraint, often leading to breach presentation, is a common reason doctors like to schedule C-Section. In order to reduce the possibility of needing a C-Section, our office uses many techniques to help offset this uterine constraint.
Adjustment Techniques for Pregnant Women
The predominant technique used, Webster, is approximately 85% effective at eliminating breech presentation, assuming the mother gets started early during her pregnancy.
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 doing so the neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association discovered this adjustment as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. This specific sacral analysis can be used on all weight bearing individuals to determine S/I joint dysfunction/ sacral subluxation and is, therefore, applicable for the entire population.
Sacral Subluxation – Increased Odds of Difficult Labor
The Webster technique has been proven very beneficial in the care of pregnant woman since sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother. Difficult Labor is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. The correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of difficulty in labor.
In regards to pregnant mothers, Dr. Webster reported that when a mother sought care and her baby was in a breech position, the restoration of pelvic neuro-biomechanics with this adjustment also frequently facilitated optimal fetal positioning. There are cases published in the chiropractic literature that support this theory. More research is needed and is currently underway by the ICPA.
It is therefore considered prudent that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment be used throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate sacral imbalance and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics in the mother. Because of the particular female adaptations from the increase of hormones, weight gain and postural adaptations, pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral subluxation and neuro-biomechanical imbalance than the general population. Additionally, because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers may have significant benefit by having their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby.
Mckinely Family Chiropractic uses the Webster technique to help pregnant mothers go through their pregnancy without any complications. So, if you know of anyone that is pregnant and could benefit with this technique and Chiropractic care, give them our contact information and we can set up a complimentary Doctors consultation to see how we can help them.
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