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About Us

With over 25-years experience in posture therapy, our focus is on helping your body to heal, giving it balance and improving its ability to function. To achieve this we use a technique called Functional Posture Therapy – the benchmark of posture treatment.

Functional Posture Therapy

This revolutionary technique corrects spinal structure and function, as well as removes tension on the nervous system, through the use of specific spinal, pelvic and extremity adjustments, in combination with specialised soft tissue stretches known as meningeal releases. This results in tremendous improvement of your posture, as well as the relief of painful symptoms and conditions. We not only aim to give you the very best care at our clinic, but the tools and techniques to help you heal faster from home.

Discover our technique

Our focus is on helping your body to heal, giving it balance and improving its ability to function. We aim to not only give you the very best care at our clinic, but the tools to help you heal faster at home. FPT practitioners believe your body compensates for injuries throughout the course of your life. As the impact of this compensation accrues over time, your body becomes less able to correct itself.

How does it work?

FPT therapy works through your body’s history of trauma, unwinding your body back through problem areas where the damage is stored and unlocking each area of injury, promoting regeneration. We assess your spine using a series of observations and tests to find your bodies desired path of unlocking and gently push vertebrae back where they cannot lever themselves.

What are the outcomes?

The end goal of the treatment is to remove locked mechanical stress from the skeletal, muscular and tissue structures, returning your body to its natural dynamic equilibrium.

Successful treatment provides balance to your body, improves your posture, and reduces or removes pain. It also provides your body with a greater capacity for self-correction when future injuries or other issues arise.

We release meningeal adhesions that hold your body’s trauma history and control postural memory. The stretches are applied while you’re sitting or lying on your back. The treatments gradually unwind your body to erase old injuries and trauma from your body’s structures. We recommend patients come in for at least two treatments per week for at least six weeks in the first period of care to experience the most beneficial structural and postural changes.

What are the benefits?

If posture, structure, breathing well, clarity, vibrant health, keeping young, performance, wellness or simply rapid symptomatic relief are among the priorities in your life, you need FPT.

Case study photographs are taken in ‘posture neutral’. Patient instructions before and after treatment are asked to ‘breath-in, breath-out, relax and let their body slump’.

Some of the benefits

If posture, structure, breathing well, clarity, vibrant health, keeping young, performance, wellness or simply rapid symptomatic relief are among the priorities in your life, you need FPT.

For most people, ageing brings some degree of postural degeneration. By taking preventative measures with FPT, postural and degenerative conditions can be de-stressed before they become pathological. Keeping an upright posture and stable, strong legs is key to ensuring health.

Muscular balance and strength is paramount for an athlete. For some, this is not an issue. For others, recurrent pain and injury most often arises from an area away from the pain or dysfunction, which is difficult for the conventional practitioner to diagnose. This is FPT’s area of expertise, treat the posture and balance comes.

The cause of pain is not necessarily where the symptoms occur. For instance, cranial meningeal tension can lead to leg pain that won’t respond to lower back manipulation. FPT can help find and address the cause of backache and sciatica.

When the expansion of your ribs is limited, you end up with less air in every breath and less oxygen in your bloodstream. The ribs are significantly influenced by the position of the vertebrae in the lower and upper back. FPT treatment is able to increase chest volume by changing your body’s mechanics to allow it to work in the most effective way.

FPT is very safe for children. It can help prevent growing pains and long-term postural issues, is great to ensure birth trauma isn’t being compensated for, and beneficial of the management of torticollis. It can also help correct familial postural traits such as stooping, sway back formations, rounded shoulders, forward head syndromes, limps and fallen arches. These are best addressed at an early age when the spine is more easily corrected.

When the body is misaligned, tension is created in specific parts of the body. Prolonged pressure on a single disc causes the disc to lose its shock absorbency. When the body is properly aligned after FPT treatments, pressure becomes evenly distributed.

Meningeal tension results in a dysfunctional nervous system, which can cause dizziness, fuzziness and difficulty in focusing. The FPT treatment releases the tension and thus decreases these symptoms.

Posture is a primary focus of FPT. Bad posture results from displacement of the vertebrae caused by normal slips, falls, incorrect lifting and work posture. It may seem that muscles are the main reason for bad postures; however muscles are shortened or lengthened due to the bony displacement. Stretching or strengthening of muscles only makes a person feel looser. FPT treatment works to change posture permanently.

Headaches can be caused by bony displacements, which result in improper activation of muscles, or trauma, which scars the meningeal and causes tension. FPT releases the scar tissue thereby decreasing meningeal tension and realigning displaced bones.

The key to resolving head and neck pain is finding the cause of the problem. The slightest thing can cause pain, which is why FPT looks at the entire spine as a synchronous unit.

A small change in the foot mechanics causes issues not only in the foot but anything above it, and more likely a body twist which causes foot pain. FPT treatment realigns the body with facilitating movements for the whole body allowing feet to once again be feet.

Knee symptoms are most often compensatory when assessed using the FPT protocol. Incorrect knee tracking can come from your ankles and feet or from spinal or pelvic twists that push the alignment of the off centre and therefore pain sensitive.

The body works as a single synchronous functioning unit. A soft tissue injury is likely to be related to skeletal postural misalignment. FPT treats the whole body to provide holistic muscular, skeletal and neurological balance. It can treat recurrent injuries such as hamstring, groin, calf and rotator cuff strains by decreasing tension in overactive muscles and activating under active ones.

Pregnancy can cause spinal and pelvic changes especially in the 3rd trimester and or during delivery. Changes such as an anterior pelvic tilt, which predisposes the mother to low back pain, may not recover after birth. The best time for treatment is soon after delivery, however FPT remains effective years later. We can also advise on feeding posture and lifting techniques to help you avoid postural problems at this time. The most common, pain causing life event a middle-aged women presents is child bearing.

When a problem arises in the body, other parts compensate. This often results in meningeal tension and adhesions. FPT takes into account both the position of the vertebrae and the twist that is held by the meninges. By working on these internal adhesions, it helps straighten the body and decrease the scoliosis curve.

A functional short leg can be caused by a twisted pelvis, or meningeal tension can cause a twist anywhere in the spine resulting in the body compensating with a short leg. FPT can undo the meningeal adhesion, taking away the primary pathology so the body does not need to compensate.

Rounding of the shoulders creates problems such as rotator cuff issues, bursitis, bicep tendonitis, frozen shoulders and muscle aches. The FPT treatment addresses this dysfunction mechanic, decreasing the appearance of rounded shoulders and the resulting symptoms.

Nick Sheldrick

BA., M.Chiro and ABC™ Instructor
Co-Author, “Back-To-Front”
Former Principal Chiropractor at Subiaco Chiropractic
Founder of Functional Posture Therapy
NickSheldrick

 

Nick is a second-generation therapist who has assessed his conventional background and drawn distinct conclusions about posture therapy. He graduated with a Masters of Chiropractic from Macquarie University in 2001 then worked as the Principal Chiropractor in 10 rural WA locations, predominantly practicing Traditional Chiropractic techniques. But something was missing.

While seeking treatment on his own body, Nick discovered new techniques and ways of healing that resulted in amazing changes that he thought were impossible. He built on this form of therapy that didnt fit in with the mainstream technique and was able to deliver long term, life-changing results to his patients.

He has forged a path for over two decades, becoming a Master in his field and holds a reputation for results driven, cumulative, patient orientated therapy. During this time, he has followed his passion for posture therapy excellence, leading him to investigating Advanced Bio-Structural Correction™ (a relatively new approach in chiropractic technique) and visits the United States to study with its developer. A founding board member of Advanced Bio-Structural Correction Australasia, Nick is now one of the highest qualified ABC™ practitioners in the world.

Nick educates his clients on the power of Functional Posture Therapy care, leading families and individuals to a naturally, proactive lifestyle. He regularly lectures to Chiropractors throughout Australia and Asia, highlighting the beneficial possibilities of Functional Posture Therapy.

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WITNESSING THE TRANSFORMATIONS

Nick is an amazing healer. He knows his stuff, is straightforward and honest. I have referred many people to him – the results have been outstanding. Highly recommended, if there is a wait list, wait. Well worth it.

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