So you’ve heard that chiropractic care can help ease some of the aches and pains of pregnancy.
First of all, we’re glad you’re exploring this option! Many parents tell us that chiropractic care was a huge relief when they were experiencing pain or discomfort, and that it was an important part of their wellness during pregnancy. While it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, chiropractic care can be a good option to look into if you want more ways to support your body during all these changes.
You’re ready to get started, so you do a quick Google search and call a nearby chiropractor to see if they have availability. The next question you should ask is, “Are you certified in the Webster Technique?”
Chiropractors are trained in the safety of treating people during pregnancy, but there is also advanced training available for those who want to specialize in pregnancy care.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis developed to help people have easier pregnancies and births. In addition to helping address things like low back pain or sciatica that can show up in pregnancy, the Webster Technique also focuses on balancing the pelvic muscles and ligaments. This type of balancing work can help facilitate a smoother labor process, which is why we so highly recommend that our clients work with a Webster certified chiropractor for this specific type of care.
Sometimes parents have existing relationships with a chiropractor who they prefer to see during pregnancy, even if that person is not Webster certified. They will likely still get some benefits from that care, but they’ll be missing the specific components that can help facilitate pelvic balancing — and THAT is the part of pregnancy-specific chiropractic care that has real potential to impact the birth process.
So what does it mean if someone is Webster certified?
Chiropractors who certify through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) take an additional training program beyond chiropractic school. This certification (comprised of nearly 20 courses!) signals their commitment and dedication to serving pregnant and postpartum people with the highest level of education available in this specialty.
Oh, and did we mention that Webster certified chiropractors also have advanced training in treating babies? These extremely gentle adjustments in the first weeks of life can be especially helpful for babies who had a very long or very short labor journey, but many chiropractors feel that all infants should receive this type of care for general well-being.
Are you ready to give pregnancy chiropractic care a try?
You can search for Webster certified practitioners near you on the ICPA website (remember to use the advanced search option and select Webster from the list of certification filters).
How we made this list
We searched the ICPA site for Webster certified pregnancy chiropractors in OC and compiled a list of some links for you as a starting point, to make life a little easier! This is not comprehensive. If you want to find someone near you who isn’t on this list, you can search the ICPA website for more practitioners (see note above about using the advanced search option to include Webster).
We created this list in September 2019 - updates and changes may have occurred since then.
Without further adieu, here is a starting point if you’re looking for a Webster certified chiropractor in Orange County:
San Juan Capistrano