Month: September 2016

Webster Technique- Chiropractic care during pregnancy

Pregnancy should be 40 weeks of joy, love and being spoiled by those around you.  But for many women, pregnancy can be an uncomfortable experience. The physical and hormonal changes involved with pregnancy come with changes of the spinal and pelvic alignment. This alteration, or misalignment, is often very uncomfortable (and sometimes painful) for the pregnant mother.  But it doesn’t have to be.

One of the hormones that increases during pregnancy is Relaxin.  Relaxin helps ligaments, especially those in the pelvic area, to loosen up to accommodate the expansion of the growing baby and uterus. While Relaxin helps your bones shift in order to make room for the baby, it can also make those pelvic bones unstable in their position. This usually causes painful misalignment for the pregnant mother. This is why chiropractic during pregnancy is important.

The elaborate network of ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves along your spine and pelvis are important to maintaining proper functionality for your whole body. Obviously when you have a misalignment, complications can arise, for pregnant women one of those complications can be a baby in the breech position late in the pregnancy.  Or less concerning (but just as irritating) symptoms such as headaches, acid reflux, constipation, leg pain and back pain.  Chiropractic care can provide relief for all these symptoms.

Because of the way your pelvis and sacrum as set up, they move as one (most of the time.) So when one part of the pelvis has moved backwards, the opposite side is moved forward. This can cause the sacrum to tilt, which often causes pain and/or tightness in the legs. This tilting can also cause the birth canal to narrow, making natural childbirth complicated.  If the baby doesn’t have the proper amount of room to move they will not be able to get into the correct head down position for birth or they may not be able to move down further into pelvis for delivery.

The Webster In-Utero Constraint Technique, also called the Webster Technique, is used in chiropractic to balance the pelvis properly, while reducing the stress on the ligaments that support the uterus.

The round ligaments that hold the uterus in place within the abdomen can become thin and tight. This sometimes causes sharp pains and restricts the space that baby has to maneuver within the womb. This restricted movement often causes a baby to stay in a breech position beyond 37 weeks. A certified Webster practitioner can use this specific technique to properly align the pelvis and sacrum, relieve the tightness in the round ligaments and abdomen. This will allow the baby to shift freely within the womb and they will usually settle into the proper birthing position.

Dr. Brie is certified in the Webster Technique. If you are pregnant, come in for an adjustment as soon as possible!

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Positive Pregnancy – A Message from Dr. Brie, Chiropractor

The vision and reality of pregnancy is a whirlwind for most people.  Some couples try for years to conceive while for others it happens quickly.  When it does happen it is a roller coaster of excitement and happiness and then often time FEAR creeps in.  The unknown, the hormones, the misconceptions.  We forget that a woman’s body is designed for birth.  That we have an innate ability to grow another human being and bring them into this world.  A loss of trust in this ability is creating generations of scared moms and  sick kids.

 

The Mind

A woman’s mood during pregnancy can impact birth outcomes and fetal brain development.  Women who experience significant, persistent anxiety and fear are at a higher risk for premature labor.  We commonly think about how what a woman eats will affect her child but what about how a woman feels?  If mom is constantly filled with anxiety or stress as baby is developing in the womb then the message is communicated that they are in an unsafe environment.  Baby’s brain will already be wired to perceive the environment they are born into as unsafe.  They are more likely to be fussy, hard to soothe, impulsive, and short on attention.  It is important for mom to feel supported, loved, safe and happy.

 

The Body

The physical aspect of pregnancy is equally as important as the emotional.  Over the past few decades the mindset has changed.  We stopped trusting our bodies and we now commonly interfere during pregnancy and delivery.  A research study was published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Pediatrics in February 2014 which concluded that acetaminophen use during pregnancy can increase the risk of a child developing ADHD-like behaviors.  Acetaminophen, such as over-the-counter Tylenol, is frequently recommended by doctors for pregnant women with pain.  Pain can be present during pregnancy because the body is changing but that should be respected, controlled and treated with a safe option.  Chiropractic care can be beneficial for pain relief but the benefits far exceed reducing symptoms.  As an ICPA certified Webster practitioner, I use specific adjustments and a technique and equipment designed for pregnancy.   Chiropractic adjustments can balance the pelvis and allow the body to change without disrupting function.  A balanced pelvis can help the child to be in an optimal position for delivery.  It can help mom to be active throughout pregnancy which is extremely beneficial for body and soul.

 

And The Soul

Throughout my years as a chiropractor I have had the joy of helping moms and dads during their journey into parenthood.  I encourage women to trust and respect the wisdom of their body and help them prepare by offering knowledge, support and of course quality chiropractic care.  Be informed and be empowered.

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