Webster’s Technique is a specialist manoeuvre which aims to enable the baby to revert back to an optimal birthing position if breached.
Webster’s Technique works through a very gentle series of articulations, originating from chiropractic adjustments of the sacrum and sacroiliac joints along with direct release of the round ligaments. The round ligaments job is to hold the uterus in suspension within the abdomen. At Wandsworth Town Osteopathy we perform this manoeuvre in order to create more space in the pelvis which encourages a breached baby to return back to its natural position. It is a significantly more gentle and less distressing procedure compared to an External Cephalic Version, which the NHS will attempt to perform when nearing the due date, usually around 36 – 37 weeks.
The gentle adjustment aims to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and sacroiliac joint dysfunction which in turn relaxes certain pelvic muscles and ligaments, reducing torsion in the uterus. Essentially we are just making a little more space around the sacrum and uterus in order to allow the baby to move by themselves, which they will naturally want to do. It also restores the neuro-biomechanical function of the pelvis. No pressure is put on the baby itself during the procedure, and it is completely safe.
Whilst the technique can be used at any point during pregnancy in an attempt to allow a breach to naturally turn, the continual use of the Webster Technique throughout pregnancy has shown to reduce the chance of dystocia (obstructed labour). Many women report a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery due to the reduction in strain on the pelvis and womb, as well as maximising the diameter of the birth canal and improving nervous system function around the pelvis.
Although Webster’s Technique can be used to treat persons of all ages for hip imbalance and dysfunction, it lends itself particularly to pregnancy due to its gentle application. While some outcomes will be almost immediate it may take a few adjustments for others. The whole process takes 15 minutes and the best outcomes are from from 30 weeks onwards.
Please book in with Dominic Johnson if you are wanting to receive Webster’s Technique.