I read a great article from the association I am certified through for pediatrics called the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in which they were talking about a specific technique called the Webster Technique. This technique is a gentle adjustment of the sacrum and release of the round ligaments in a pregnant patient to restore the balance of the pelvis and surrounding soft tissues. This allows the baby to get in the best possible position in utero.
This is not to be confused with the external cephalic version (ECV) which is a procedure done in a hospital by obstetricians where they numb the mother’s uterus and manually attempt to turn the baby. This is a very painful and often unsuccessful procedure to get the baby to position itself head down in preparation of birth.
The Webster Technique “helps to remove tension in pelvic muscles and ligaments and through the restoration of normal biomechanics in the mother, babies optimize their positioning on their own.” So I guess the answer to the question, “Can chiropractic turn breech babies?” is no, although the end result is usually a baby that has re-positioned itself. This can be confusing but the easiest way to think about it is that chiropractic is an inside-out approach. Since chiropractic is not treating the breech directly (outside-in approach), but restoring the spinal alignment allowing for this change, we instead help facilitate change in this beautifully orchestrated dance between mother and baby.
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