The Webster Technique

Safe & Effective Prenatal Care in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Pregnancy is a transformative time for women, but it can also bring along various physical complaints like back pain, neck pain, headaches, and more. In such cases, chiropractic care can be a safe and effective option for pregnant women seeking relief from these symptoms.

The Webster chiropractic technique, in particular, has gained popularity among pregnant women as it offers a gentle and non-invasive approach to alleviate common pregnancy-related discomforts.

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Dr. O'Hara treating pregnant patient using the Webster Technique

What is the Webster Chiropractic Technique?

The Webster chiropractic technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment designed to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction in pregnancy. This technique focuses on correcting the alignment of the pelvis, which can be compromised during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, postural imbalances, and the additional weight of the growing fetus. 

The technique involves using gentle, targeted adjustments to restore proper alignment and improve the functioning of the sacroiliac (SI) joint. This can help alleviate tension and pressure on the surrounding ligaments and muscles, reducing pain and discomfort for pregnant women.

Why is the Webster Technique Safe and Effective for Pregnant Women? 

The Webster chiropractic technique is considered a safe and effective treatment option for pregnant women due to several reasons: 

1. Non-invasive: The Webster technique involves no invasive procedures, drugs, or surgeries, making it a safe option for pregnant women seeking relief from physical complaints. 

2. Evidence-based: The Webster technique is an evidence-based technique that has been extensively researched and found to be safe and effective for pregnant women. 

3. No harm to the fetus: The gentle adjustments used in the Webster technique do not pose any harm to the growing fetus or the mother. 

4. Improves Pelvic Alignment: During pregnancy, hormonal changes and the weight of the growing fetus can cause pelvic misalignment, leading to discomfort and pain. The Webster technique corrects the alignment of the pelvis, reducing discomfort and improving overall function. 

5. Can help with breech positioning: The Webster technique has been shown to help with breech positioning by reducing tension in the round ligament and improving pelvic alignment which may result in baby moving more comfortably into a head down presentation.  

6. Addresses Common Pregnancy Complaints: The Webster technique is effective in addressing common pregnancy complaints like back pain, neck pain, headaches, and more, allowing women to experience a more comfortable pregnancy. 

Pregnancy can be an uncomfortable and painful time for women, but the Webster chiropractic technique offers a safe and effective option for relief from physical complaints. By addressing pelvic misalignment and reducing tension and pressure on surrounding ligaments and muscles, the Webster technique can help pregnant women experience a more comfortable pregnancy.

However, it is essential to consult with a qualified chiropractor who is experienced in treating pregnant women before undergoing any chiropractic treatment. Both Dr. Pearl and Dr. O’Hara are Webster technique certified chiropractors. Contact our office for more information and to schedule your appointment today!

What Our Patients Are Saying

"Dr. Pearl is great! She's gentle, (the [Webster] method itself is gentle too) and she's just a warm human being. Coming to her is easy. She explains everything beforehand and answers any questions. She also gave me homework I could do at home. I am thrilled and so thankful to her.”

- Judith G.

"Throughout my pregnancy I suffered from severe SI Joint pain and every time I left Dr. O'Hara's office I felt some relief. I felt safe and cared for during my entire pregnancy. I also believe my chiropractic care during pregnancy attributed to my short labors and quick deliveries, especially my VBAC! I would highly recommend seeing Doctor O'Hara throughout your pregnancy and postpartum!"

-Hannah D.

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More Prenatal & Postpartum Care Options

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Prenatal and Postpartum Massage

Prenatal massage is a full body massage performed by a certified prenatal massage therapist that is similar to a Swedish massage (long sweeping movements) with modifications to ensure the safety and comfort for both mother and baby.

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Restorative Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a safe and gentle practice, suitable for expecting mothers and postpartum women. Poses use props such as blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, and a wall to provide a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. Classes are for all levels and are designed to help you to feel relaxed and renewed.

Visit our BKWC Studio Page for more info.

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Therapeutic Ultrasound for Clogged Milk Ducts & Mastitis

Studies have shown that ultrasound treatments can reduce pain and symptoms of mastitis. *Patients also report improvements in breastfeeding. This treatment is painless and safe for breastfeeding mothers.

*Lavigne V, Gleberzon BJ. Ultrasound

Example of moxibustion and breech treatment

Moxibustion & Breech

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese method of treatment, which utilizes the heat generated by burning herbs near the acupuncture points to stimulate them. It can be used for breech presentation with a reported success rate of 84.6%* Moxibustion technique is an affordable, safe, simple, non-invasive, painless option.

*(compared to ECV with success rates ranging between 45%-65% depending on study after 34 weeks gestation). Ewies A, Olah K. Moxibustion in breech version--a descriptive review. Acupunct Med. 2002 Mar;20(1):26-9. doi: 10.1136/aim.20.1.26. PMID: a

Our Prenatal Chiropractic Team

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Dr. Anna Pearl, D.C.

Dr. Pearl is a holistic health care practitioner who loves being in family practice. She helps people of all ages from infants, tweens and teens throughout adulthood and more advanced ages. She is a Webster™ certified practitioner; this is a prenatal technique that Dr. Pearl uses for her expectant mothers. Dr. Pearl’s goal is to help all of her patients achieve a sense of health and well-being.

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Headshot of chiropractor Dr. Colleen O'Hara, D.C.

Dr. Colleen O'Hara, D.C.

Dr. O’Hara believes in a balanced approach to healthcare and works with her patients to determine the best way to heal and/or maintain health. She entered the field of chiropractic because she believes in the power of holistic healing while maintaining the perspective that other types of wellness and medicine are necessary and important. Dr. O'Hara strives to build a trusting relationship with each patient, tailoring care to their individual needs.

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Dr. Hannah Whitney, D.C.

Dr. Hannah Whitney, D.C.

Dr. Hannah Whitney received her doctorate of chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2019. She is also Webster certified (a prenatal chiropractic technique). Dr. Whitney enjoys truly getting to know each of her patients and building a relationship built on mutual respect and trust. She knows that to deliver great patient care, she must understand them as a whole person.

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