Chiropractic spinal and pelvic adjustments alleviate the commonplace discomforts of pregnancy such as back pain, hip pain, sciatica, and heartburn. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic spinal adjustment to help facilitate a pregnant woman’s pelvic alignment, symmetry, and optimal nerve system function. This in turn balances pelvic muscles, tendons and ligaments, reduces torsion to the uterus, and thereby, offer a greater potential for optimal fetal positioning. Chiropractic adjustments also makes the pelvis more resilient so that pelvic joints move more comfortably in labor for easier birthing.
Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association developed this chiropractic adjustment which is formally recognized as the “Webster Technique” (a gentle and effective method to restore proper pelvic balance and function and freeing subluxations to the sacrum of the mother and improve her comfort throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer, easier birth). This Webster technique is helpful in encouraging babies to turn vertex into optimal fetal positioning on their own.
This is important because obstetric literature has determined that correct positioning of the baby in-utero affects birth outcome and decreases the potential for undue stress to the baby’s birthing experience. During the late stages of pregnancy, an innate intelligence that begins in utero communicates with the mother’s body and allows for the initiation of pre-programmed instincts to prepare for birth and life outside of the womb (encourage baby to turn head-down, or vertex, in what is considered an optimal position). When the baby is head down with the back of his head facing towards the front of mothers body, there is decreased stress on his / her spine. Hence it’s prudent that the Webster technique be applied to women throughout pregnancy to spot and mitigate any imbalances and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics.
It’s important to be mindful during pregnancy, hormonal levels in a woman’s body are heightened, weight is gained, and posture is altered. In sum a woman’s body experiences a “perfect storm” often which produces sacral (second to last bone of the spine) subluxation and pelvic imbalance. Subluxations can diminish overall nervous system function, thus disrupting the messages being received by the body from the brain, and by the brain from the body. As well as the messaging between mother and unborn baby. There are great benefits of chiropractic adjustments on all body functions. Pregnant women should have their spines evaluated and cared for regularly by a chiropractor throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby. The Webster Technique is most effective and may take several sessions to free subluxations and allow the mother’s system to adapt to its new way of being.
Breach Baby Position
Breach baby position with chiropractic Webster technique is a topic we as Chiropractors are not supposed to talk about. Apparently, the medical obstetrics group had an issue with Chiropractors claiming we treat breach positioned babies in-utero. So chiropractors are advised to not make such statements.
When a pregnant mother comes in to visit a chiropractor because her baby is in the breach position, a chiropractor certified in the Webster technique has the knowledge and skill-set needed to indirectly help the mother-to-be correct the baby breach presentation.
The Webster technique does not teach the chiropractor to treat the baby, on the contrary, the treatment technique is for the mother specifically. It is the intended expression of innate life force, the mother’s musculoskeletal re-alignment, freeing of spinal subluxation, improved spinal biomechanics, etc., from the technique that gives opportunity for the maximum expression of natural, nature driven, uncompromised expression of health. This ultimately translates into the baby’s full, maximum expression of life and health in-utero. Prompting the baby to turn towards the correct position, ready for delivery.
For the baby breach position, Dr. Kaminsky incorporates Craniosacral Therapy and gentle non-force chiropractic techniques to help the mother with facilitating a natural, healthy turning of the baby, into a correct downward position of the baby’s body and head. improving the chances of natural, vaginal childbirth.
About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy
Dr. Kaminsky is a 1999 graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. He is licensed to practice in NY and has completed close to three thousand hours of professional continuing education since becoming licensed in March of 2000.
The primary approach used in his office is Craniosacral Therapy (CST) which is a method focusing on the cranium (head) and sacrum (a large bone at the base of the spine) scientifically proven to control life sustaining fluid flow throughout the body.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on manual therapy approach that brings about healing via the fluidity of the body. The existence of the Craniosacral System was first discovered by Osteopath Dr. William Sutherland in the early 1900’s, calling it Cranial Osteopathy. And later rediscovered, validated, and developed by Dr. John Upledger in the late 70’s early 80’s, who renamed it Craniosacral Therapy after doing five years of research at the Michigan State University, School of Medicine. In 1983 Dr. John, as he was fondly called, established a teaching institute in Palm Beach, Florida, to teach this cranial sacral method to all healthcare providers. The Upledger Institute is still very active today.
The craniosacral mechanism pumps fluid which is produced in the brain, called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), through the fascial network of the body, the purpose of which is to lubricate joints, muscles, organs, all cells and all tissues. It is the driving life force for your body’s systems to function properly, CSF also carries healing properties to bodily traumas, injuries and past surgeries.
The proper function of your cranial sacral mechanism, via CSF flow, maintains the normal tone of your muscles, provide nutrients to your organs, and keeps you out of pain. It sustains human life and allows your nervous system to stay responsive to challenges of daily living and your mind-body life experiences. The better your craniosacral mechanism functions, the better the flow of this life sustaining fluid, the better your body can handle physical and emotional stress. The uninhibited flow of this fluid throughout your body allows you to thrive, opposite of survival mode.
CSF is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) brain and spinal cord), which is physically encapsulated within the dural membranes of the spine and head.
One of the functions inside of your brain is to automatically generate energetic rhythmic impulses that function to pump CSF throughout your body, regulating your peripheral nerves, nervous system and organ systems, which in turn, sustain your function (physiology) and life. It is an important force that maintains everything functioning in your body. This is what we call the Craniosacral System, or Craniosacral Mechanism. It is the hydraulic, energetic and rejuvenating system of your body.
This measurable life force of moving fluid is palpable to a trained craniosacral therapist, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rate, that can all be felt, so too can the Cranial Sacral Rhythm (CSR) be palpated and measured. It is the foundational diagnostic tool in real-time used to evaluate your current state of well-being (or lack thereof), and potential for health improvement and healing.
Compromises of your rhythmic impulse, correlates to CSF flow restrictions in the system which the body is unable to self-correct or overcome on its own. This is the reason why over time we develop pain, dis-ease, symptoms, conditions, mind-body disconnect and basically all human physical and psychological ailments.
When the fluid isn’t flowing optimally, your bodily rejuvenation is affected, and this is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body, most commonly on your head and sacrum, for diagnostic purposes, the practitioner can detect, feel, evaluate, and rate the SSQAR (strength, symmetry, quality, amplitude, rate) of the rhythm; then bring forth correction of any limitations with subsequent experienced hand placements on different parts the body during a session.
A craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm reset, restore and renew allowing for healing to take place of the mind-body connection, musculoskeletal tightness and spasms, neurological deficits, autoimmune issues, organ function, many common conditions, and of course pain. Through a practitioners properly focused and attuned touch, your body is facilitated to release channels of fluid stagnation and flow restriction, which ultimately breakthrough, overcome and improve CSR and the function of vital fluid flow.
Dr. Alex Kaminsky is an advanced practitioner of Craniosacral therapy, having studied up to advanced levels including SER and pediatric courses. He has built a solid foundation with many years of experience, treating babies, children and adults.
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