Dr. Sabrina Sanchez-Pediatric & Prenatal/postnatal Chiropractor
Dr. Sabrina Sanchez specializes in chiropractic care for women and pediatrics specifically the pre-natal and post-natal population. Through her years as an International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) certified Pregnancy and Pediatric Chiropractor doctor Sabrina has helped tons of expectant mothers with a variety of issues that might arise during pregnancy. Mommies in our office have enjoyed shorter labor times, properly positioned babies, decreased pain during pregnancy, VBACs (vaginal births after c-section) and less complications during the delivery process. We believe in helping moms create an environment where they feel like they can have an empowered birth and pregnancy. So often pregnancy is being looked at as a “disease” rather than a welcoming experience so fear often dictates care.
At Arc of Life Chiropractic it is important to us that we help you get the birth you DESERVE.
What is the Webster Technique?
The Webster technique definition by the ICPA is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of this renowned technique is to reduce and remove sacral and sacro-iliac joint subluxation to facilitate normal neurological and biomechanical function in the pelvis. In our office we understand the importance of checking the spine specifically a bone called the sacrum which can often be misaligned from regular stressors of everyday life including poor posture and traumas. Dr. Sabrina checks the sacrum in addition to the entire spine to make sure that there isn’t any dysfunction from the nerves flowing from the sacrum to the uterus.
How is Webster Technique applied?
Dr. Sabrina utilizes pregnancy pillows, so moms will enjoy the luxury of being able to lay face down taking gravity off the spine. Dr. Sabrina will check the sacro-iliac joint regions, pelvic dynamics, the round ligament, and psoas muscles all of which are extremely important in ensuring an easier delivery process. The goal of Dr. Sabrina’s care is to GIVE YOU THE BIRTH YOU WANT TO HAVE.
Biomechanically, when there is sacral subluxation (a misalignment of the spine of the sacral bone) it may contribute to a difficult labor (ie.dystocia) caused by inadequate uterine function, inadequate pelvic contraction and baby malpresentation. Your chiropractor, Dr. Sabrina Sanchez identifies and corrects this sacral misalignment and in turn reduces dystocia.
Breech baby and mal-positioning of the pelvis and low back:
Dr. Sanchez's role as a chiropractor is to balance the pelvis and corresponding muscles and ligaments to remove the constraint to the patient's uterus to allow the fetus to assume the correct presenting position. Often times around 34 weeks is when most obstetricians check positioning of the baby and this is when the focus turns to getting baby into proper head down positioning to prepare for labor. Obstetricians do not prefer and sometimes will not even attempt to deliver if a baby is in the breech position therefore this is where Dr. Sabrina can help. We have lots of mommies in the office presenting with breech babies and we have had GREAT success with the Webster technique in helping baby get into the head down position. If a mom's pelvis and sacroiliac joint is misaligned it can cause baby to prefer one side and not be able to rotate head down appropriately. Often times after a specific and gentle chiropractic adjustment moms will feel more movement because baby will have more optimal room for baby to move around. Allowing baby to have the most amount of room to grow with optimal space in turn causes less stress on the baby's developing spine and nervous system. Happy baby = happy delivery!
Here are some great statistics on Chiropractic & Pregnancy:
-Women with their first pregnancy have enjoyed 25% shorter labor time with Chiropractic care whereas multiparous women (have had at least one pregnancy) who seek chiropractic care have had on average 31% shorter labor times. (1,2)
-Chiropractic doctors reported that they found favorable results in relieving the constraints that may be contributory to the malposition of the fetus, and 92% of cases resulted in resolution of the breech position using the Webster Technique ( a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment for pregnant women). (3)
-A more recent retrospective case-control study using outcomes of meconium-stained amniotic fluid, preterm delivery, use of forceps, and cesarean delivery found a strong relationship between women receiving prenatal osteopathic manipulative treatment and a reduction of the occurrence of these outcomes of pregnancy, labor, and delivery, especially for meconium-stained amniotic fluid and preterm delivery. (4)
1- J.M. Fallon. Textbook on chiropractic & pregnancy. Arlington, VA: International Chiropractic Association; 1994: 52, 109.
2-Fallon J.M. Chiropractic and pregnancy: a partnership for the future. ICA Int Rev Chiropr. 1990;46(6):39–42.
3-Pistolese R.A. The Webster Technique: a chiropractic technique with obstetric implications. J Manip Physiol Ther. 2002;25(6):e1–e9.
4-King H.H., Tettambel M.A., Lockwood M.D., Johnson K.H., Arsenault D.A., Quist R. Osteopathic manipulative treatment in prenatal care: a retrospective case control design study. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2003;103(12):577–582.