The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is restored.
Sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. Correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and birth. More women and birth providers are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care in pregnancy and recognize
this area of expertise through Webster Certification.
Benefits of Preinatal Chiropractic Care:
Provides relief for those suffering from symptoms like:
Round Ligament Pain
Pubic Symphysis Pain
Back Pain/Hip Pain
Encourages optimal fetal position through optimal spinal and pelvic alignment
Reduces average labor/delivery times.
Supports natural labor & delivery without the use medications. Reduces stress and improves our immune response.
Pediatric Chiropractic Care:
Chiropractic care for infants and children restores optimal nervous system function and can be preventative in nature. Adjustments are made with the use of gentle pressure, specific to your child’s age and body type. This can be as light as the pressure used to identify a ripe tomato, or rubbing your eyes when you are sleepy. Dr. Shana has years of experience in cranial sacral therapies and myofascial release in addition to chiropractic techniques.
Some childhood conditions that respond well to Chiropractic:
Reflux & Excessive Spitting Up
Gas Pains & Constipation
Colic & Excessive Crying
Toritcollis & Cranial Shape
Stiffness & Tightness
Delayed Developmental Milestones
Difficulty in Tummy Time
& Car Seat
Toddlers and Kids
Congestion, Colds & Cough
Speech and Coordination Development
Coughs and Colds
Chiropractic Care for Tongue and Lip Ties
What’s the Fuss about TOTS?
Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTS) can consist of either a tongue tie (ankyloglossia), in which a thin piece of skin under the baby’s tongue is tethered so close to the bottom of the mouth that its range of motion is restricted, and/or a lip tie, where the baby’s upper lip is restricted due to being anchored to the gum. Tongue and lip ties often occur simultaneously. TOTS is a condition said to have a genetic component so it often runs in families.
A tongue tie and/or lip tie can be an overwhelming and traumatic problem for both mom and baby. It can cause an array of problems, from latching and breastfeeding challenges early on to possible future musculoskeletal, dental and speech complications. In some instances, there are no obvious symptoms and there are various degrees of lip and tongue ties, making them difficult to diagnose. And in the case of a posterior tongue tie, the tie is located deep in the mouth, far underneath the tongue, and isn’t easily visible.
Dr. Shana wants to help you and your baby establish a healthy long-term feeding relationship, ensure your child meets developmental milestones and help prevent speech and breathing complications. We experienced in identifying oral restrictions and can inspect your baby’s mouth for signs of lip and/or tongue tie. If TOTS is suspected, we can provide resources for taking further action and provide pre and post revision care.
Common Lip or Tongue Tie Symptoms in Infants:
Unsuccessful attempts at nursing
A weak/unsustained latch, calloused or blistered lips
A clicking sound while feeding
Favoring one side while breastfeeding
Colic, gas or reflux symptoms
Failure to gain weight/thrive
Sinus congestion, noisy breathing, snoring
Common Lip or Tongue Tie Symptoms in Mom:
Painful latch, cut or cracked nipples
Bleeding nipples/severe nipple pain
Flattened, blanched or creased nipples
Plugged ducts, engorgement, mastitis or thrush
Failure to bond with infant
Reduced milk production
Importance of Chiropractic Care for Lip and Tongue Ties
Chiropractic care is important due to the structural changes associated with TOTS, especially in the neck, face, and cranium. The tension caused from the tethered tissues can create long-lasting structural changes to the musculoskeletal system, leading to postural abnormalities or asymmetries.
In infants, these postural challenges can lead to difficulties in reaching various developmental milestones such as rolling over, crawling or sitting. Specific chiropractic adjustments can restore proper musculoskeletal structure, which in turn will restore neurological function.
Our approach to pediatric chiropractic care for infants with tongue tie and/or lip tie is very hands on. We will perform a comprehensive assessment to locate areas of stress and tension on the head, neck, jaw, and spine. We utilize safe, gentle and effective chiropractic neck and spinal adjustments, tailored to the age and size of your infant. We will work with the inside and outside of the mouth to relieve tightness and use special techniques to improve jaw, tongue, and lip movement. We will also discuss therapeutic exercises and bodywork you can do at home to help build a healthy spine and develop muscles for feeding and head control.
If you suspect your baby may have TOTS, or have further questions about chiropractic care for a tongue tie or lip tie, please contact us.