The Basics of the Webster Technique
There are a lot of misconceptions about the Webster Technique and its benefits that are floating around on the internet. So many, in fact, that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by conflicting information and just dismiss the technique all together. But the fact is that this chiropractic technique is a great way to relieve lower-back pain. So before you write off the Webster Technique, check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers to gain an accurate understanding of what this technique can do for you.
What is The Webster Technique?
The Webster Technique corrects misalignment in the lower back. A Webster Certified chiropractor focuses on your sacrum, a triangular-shaped bone that creates a base for the rest of your spine. By aligning the sacrum, the rest of your vertebrae stay in line, and pressure is taken off of the pelvic muscles and ligaments. This is why it is so beneficial to pregnant women; this technique relaxes the muscles around the uterus, giving the baby more space.
How does the sacrum become misaligned?
There are a few different ways to knock your sacrum out of alignment. Sitting for extended periods of time, especially with your legs crossed, is a common way to twist your vertebrae and negatively affect your lower back. A fall or weight redistribution from an injury can also contribute to misalignment.
If I’m pregnant and my baby is Breech, will the Webster Technique turn it to the head-first position?
It’s definitely a possibility. However, while this is a possible outcome, turning the baby is not the primary goal of the technique. By aligning the sacrum, the Webster Technique balances the pelvis properly and reduces the pressure to the ligaments that support the uterus, specifically, the round ligaments. This gives the baby more freedom and space to shift in the womb to the proper birthing position.
Is the Webster Technique only for pregnant women?
No. While pregnant women do benefit from it, this technique could be beneficial to anyone who is suffering from lower-back pain. When the sacrum becomes misaligned, it causes the vertebrae above it to move as well, putting pressure on your lower back. Keeping the sacrum aligned relieves the pressure on the muscles and ligaments and keeps the rest of your vertebrae in line.
Contact Clifton chiropractors for more information about the webster technique and how it can help alleviate your back pain.