Happy Healthy Spine
Dr. Shannon Whitlock is a family wellness chiropractor with a focus on pregnancy, infants, pediatrics, and family care serving St. Petersburg and the surrounding communities. Chiropractors correct structural misalignments in the spine. Dr. Whitlock is currently finishing a 200 hour certification program that offers specialized training in pediatric neurodevelopmental and sensory disorders. She has a passion for helping to educate pregnant women about their options to enable them to have safer, natural, intervention free births.
Dr. Whitlock is certified in the Webster Technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction during a mother's pregnancy. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved. (See below for a description and link about the Webster technique)
The Webster Technique, discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, in 1978, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), is a specific chiropractic adjustment to eliminate sacral misalignment and improve nerve system function. He developed it as a specific sacral adjustment for pregnant women to help balance pelvic muscles and ligaments and potentially improve birth outcome. The first woman who came into his practice and had this technique applied was pregnant with a breech baby. Shortly after beginning care, the baby turned to a head down position. Dr. Webster continued to offer this adjustment for all pregnant mothers in his practice. For those presenting breech, he claimed a 95% rate of these babies assuming a more optimal positioning for birth. This led to great interest by chiropractors, birth providers and mothers seeking options for safer, easier natural births.
The Webster Technique: A Chiropractic Technique. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2002 Jul-Aug;25(6): E1-9
For more information on the Webster Technique or the ICPA, visit www.icpa4kids.org or call Dr. Whitlock at 727-767-0564.