Chiropractic Care and Webster Technique for the Pregnant Woman and Infant, My Weekend Seminar
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This past weekend, I attended one of the most informative, significant, and inspirational seminars I have attended to date. I attended a Perinatal Care with Webster Technique Certification Seminar through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, where I expanded my knowledge and learned the advanced skills to reach and care for both pregnant women and their babies.

One of the most important times for a woman to be adjusted is throughout her pregnancy. One of the most important times for anyone to be adjusted is as a newborn. Why is this? Let me go into more detail. 

During pregnancy, the body is going through rapid changes and growth. Oftentimes, the hips/pelvis (and entire spine really) is or can become imbalanced. This can lead to uterine tension which can restrict the baby's movement and even contribute to a compromised position of the baby in the uterus. It can also cause the mother pain and discomfort. There may also be decreased uterine and pelvic muscle tone/expulsion force which can slow down or contribute to a difficult labor. In addition, many pregnant women experience daily life stresses or added stresses associated with pregnancy, which can cause decreased blood and oxygen flow to the uterus and baby, and expose the baby to stress hormones at a delicate time. 

Chiropractic care can greatly help with all of these. The Webster Technique, which I learned this past weekend, is a system of chiropractic analysis and adjustive techniques which reduces nervous system stress, balances the mothers hips/pelvis structure, muscles and ligaments, and optimizes the mothers pelvic function in pregnancy and birth. 

Moreover, chiropractic care can reduce nervous system stress thus enhancing organ and muscle function, alleviating spinal tension, decreasing sympathetic (fight or flight high stress mode) and increasing parasympathetic (rest, heal, and digest mode), restoring normal pelvic muscle tone and balance, and offering the best physiological environment for the baby to assume an optimal position for birth. 

Why should infants receive chiropractic care? Our very first spinal misalignments often occur during the birthing process, often from mechanical forces to the baby. Gentle chiropractic care can immediately support spinal alignment and nervous system function in infants, which can in turn improve a multitude a possible issues, including colic, difficulty breastfeeding, reflux, skin issues, insomnia, torticollis, intestinal issues, and more. Based on large chiropractic reporting surveys, the three most common improvements noticed by parents in their children who are undergoing chiropractic care is improved disposition, improved immune function, and improved sleep. Here is one research study supporting the safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic care. 

http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/treatment-related-aggravations-complications-and-improvements-attributed-to-chiropractic-spinal-manipulative-therapy-of-pediatric-patients-a-practice-based-survey-of-practitioners.html?fbclid=IwAR03xqo3rS_X3Xs7RVb0PKW_oP1KvXFdXkabiAntdDYnIz62hNkcORHaSUw

Many women today may associate pregnancy and labor/birthing as uncomfortable, painful, scary, difficult, and a number of other things. The truth is that women's bodies are designed for pregnancy and birth, and it can be both comfortable and safe. Chiropractic offers supportive, natural care that trusts this important truth and empowers women to know and embrace this truth as well. 

I look forward to implementing more care for pregnant women, infants and children into my practice after this wonderful weekend. Thank you all for reading!

 

 

Assessing the pelvis

Gentle adjustment of a woman who is 38 weeks pregnant

Working the round ligament of the uterus 

Working the round ligament of the uterus

 

International Chiropractic Pediatric Association

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