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Patient Centre

In this area of the website you will be able to take care of items necessary for your visit prior to arriving, such as our new patient intake forms. Read about what you can expect on your first two visits and the phases of care which we offer there after, as well as review our fees and the payment options available to you.

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How can we help you?

People first enquire about FPT for a variety of reasons, including back pain and other spinal or pain-related issues. But after discovering the health benefits and non-invasive, drug free pain relief achieved through the FPT method, many of our clients continue treatment because of how well it makes them feel.

What to expect

During the Initial Consultation, I will listen to your concerns and offer a pathway to a solution; if general health and wellbeing is your goal, we’ll help you find a strategy for that too.

Initial Consultation

$100.00

The Initial Consultation takes approximately 45-minutes and requires the completion of our online Medical HistoryConsent Form & Consultation Form This appointment includes a face-to-face discussion concerning your issues and goals, an FPT treatment explanation, assessment of x-rays, scans or medical reports (if provided) and an assessment of your posture including before and after photographs.

Once we have completed the Initial Consultation, we will discuss what type of care you require. A further understanding of your condition and how your body is responding will be realised after the first several treatments.

What’s next?

Your body’s response to the Initial Consultation determines the following treatments; the aim is for initial stabilisation of your posture and a shift in your symptoms. I am able to evaluate any special needs you may have to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the FPT treatments. At this point in time, we discuss the best program options for you.

Structural Correction - Ongoing Care

$50.00-$65.00*

The frequency of these appointments will vary depending on your situation, however we encourage patients begin with two sessions per week, until we reach the first major release within your body, on average this can take up to 6-weeks. A break of three to four days between treatments is recommended, as the unwinding protocol is best achieved through treatments that occur before your body has time to re-compensate. During this stage, you will notice the most visible signs of change. After this stage, we are able to re-assess your needs and provide recommendations on how to best move forward. *$50 Pensioners & Students / $65 Standard Rate

Casual - Crisis & Pain Relief Care

$85.00

Patients using Casual – Crisis & Pain Relief Care will feel more upright, but will not effectively unwind through old injuries. As these treatments are less regular, they are more complex to perform and structural correction will be gradual. The unwinding protocol occurs 10-12 times faster with treatment twice a week, compared to once a week, or once a month.

Casual - Maintenance Care

$65.00

If you have received several months of Structural Correction – On-going Care, and already unwound through old injuries, but are looking to keep your body’s balance and function long-term, then Casual – Maintenance Care will be ideal for you. This long-term treatment program is where some of the best results occur. Consistent once a week treatments will assist in keeping the day-to-day stressors from cumulating and maintaining good health.

FPT Online Forms

For your convenience, you can fill in our new patient forms online. The forms are private and are sent directly to Nick Sheldrick.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even those with few, if any health conditions can benefit from Functional Posture Therapy – here are some answers to questions you may have.

Advanced Bio-Structural Correction (ABC) is an emerging chiropractic technique that builds on the cornerstone of traditional chiropractic treatments. ABC believes 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.

ABC 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 tension and injury until it is completely erased.

FPT can help people of all ages who are keen to improve their health. There are some structural problems that are potentially beyond the scope of this treatment; for example severe intervertebral disc injuries and severe degenerative problems. Nevertheless, posture correction can help reduce stress on these injury sites.

Good posture is not just about your physical appearance; it is one of the key indicators of your overall health. Poor posture can result in symptoms such as poor sleep, lack of energy, pain and tension, reduced breathing capacity, lowered immunity and an appearance of ageing that can reduce your quality of life.

Many things can cause poor posture, from lifestyle factors to sporting injuries and hereditary disorders. Today, it’s becoming increasingly common for children to develop postural problems, as they spend prolonged periods sitting in front of computers and other electronic devices.

The most common sign of poor posture is forward displacement of the head, known as Forward Head Carriage. This causes your neck and shoulders to try and pull the head back, leading to tension in your back, shoulders and chest, and can also push your hips out of alignment to compensate. FPT works on correcting FHC as well as other signs of poor posture such as slumping.

We adjust your spine using a series of stretches, which can be quite intense. Unlike conventional treatments, FPT patients are asked to sit or lie on their back during the adjustments. The doctor will make a series of stretches and small adjustments using only his hands, and will check your posture after each one.

Many patients start seeing results after their first treatment. Patients with more chronic conditions may need a few weeks of treatment before they can really see or feel a difference.

The initial phase usually consists of one to two months of two treatments a week, however this varies depending on individual cases. The treatment does require long-term commitment as it aims to correct your posture for good. One-off treatments are not recommended.

It can take quite a long time or your body to truly heal and realign. The reason for this is simply that there is a lot of damage to work through in most peoples cases. As a general rule the earlier in life that you start the less work that there is to do and the faster the body heals.

Think of it like training for a marathon. It can take many months of regular work to build up your fitness. The same happens in your body, it can take many months to unwind through the layers of problems and restore full structural fitness. Please note that pain relief happens early in care and in most cases is achieved quite quickly. Rebuilding your body does require you to work past the point of initial symptom relief.

I would also like to point out the importance of maintaining proper perspective. The typeof FPT care that we deliver is remodelling your body and correcting years worth of damage and poor posture. This is not a small thing to achieve. If we compare this to taking blood pressure medication for example, that’s a treatment every single day for the rest of your life, and it is not even addressing the underlying cause. It is merely treating a symptom. The results that we can achieve with your body do take time, but they are correcting the true cause(s).  Overall, with the amount of work required the results could be considered quick to achieve relative to the number of years that your body may have been holding onto posture problems.

If you’ve been living with pain for a long time, you may think your problem is fixed as soon as the pain goes away. However, we aim to treat the underlying cause of your pain not just the symptoms, and this can take time. The duration of your treatment plan depends on your individual symptoms and your health goals.

I do not like the phrase ‘you have to get worse to get better’. This usually means that something has been forced to change too much before it was ready. However some truth to it. One of the important principles in health is to work with nature, not against it. This means that it is not wise to ‘force the issue’.

With the FPT technique we work on the right problems, at the right time, that are unique to your body as it ‘unwinds’ through years of accumulated stress. Typically after each session you will feel your posture pop upright, your shoulder relax and go back, your breathing deepen and your balance improve. Many people also report feeling ‘lighter’ after their sessions.

As your body progresses through unwinding there will be short periods of time when you are symptomatic. This is not something to fear, but something to celebrate, because it means that old problems that were previously compensated for (a bit like painting over rust) have now been exposed and can finally be corrected. This graph explains the amazing journey of unwinding that you can expect to go thorough when you embark upon the journey of structural correction.

It is encouraged along the journey to become analytical of your body as it wakes up from its stuck hibernation. FPT specialises in giving unconventional advice regarding sleeping, standing and sitting that helps prevent unnecessary pressure on your body. This advice it tailored to your body as it encounters issues speeding up your unwinding process.

The process of true structural correction can only be speed up by increasing the frequency of your visits. Twice per week results in a very good rate of progress. We don’t see much added benefit to going three times per week. Once per week will produce slow to moderate progress for you. This is why we recommend twice per week as the best approach, certainly at the beginning of your care.

You can however slow your progress down by making some classic mistakes in your lifestyle,  stressing your body unduly and creating new problems as you go. We will teach you how to avoid these common pitfalls. It is important to note that you cannot stretch, exercise or strengthen your way to true structural correction. That is why we do not bombard you with home exercises. Staying generally active is all that you are required to do. Keep your body moving with a daily walk, gym session or your favourite sport

No, our time is maximised listening, treating and observing. We accept Cash and Cards, including AMEX.

In truth it is difficult to answer because very rarely will you find two practitioners in each of these fields who practice exactly the same way. With that said however, there are some real differences between these professions which are worth noting. They each exist for a reason because they provide a valuable service by solving different problems.

Physiotherapists tend to work with muscles and focus primarily on the region that is hurting. If you had knee pain for example they would likely massage the muscles around the knee, use technology such as ultrasound or interferential and prescribe your some home exercises to do for that joint. Physiotherapists put a big emphasis on rehabilitation of muscles. In some cases they perform spinal manipulation, which is a very different procedure to the spinal adjustments that chiropractors perform.

Osteopaths can be quite similar to chiropractors but rather than use specific ‘adjustments’ to correct spinal misalignments they tend to use long lever based ‘manipulations’ to reduce tension across joints. Osteopaths are often pain based and will generally focus their work to the area of the body that is painful.

Chiropractors are highly trained in spinal adjusting. Which rather than focussing on broad areas of the spine to reduce tension (which osteopathic and physic manipulations do), adjustments are small focussed forces designed to correct a specific misalignment of a single spinal joint. This is done with the intension of taking pressure off of a nerve. To do this correctly requires significant skill and understanding of biomechanics and neurology. This appreciation of the link between spinal alignment and the nervous system gives chiropractors a unique understanding of human health and affords a broader lens through which to assess the underlying problem(s). The pain does not necessarily give away the location of the real problem that caused it. Understanding this is where chiropractic excels.

For example, knee pain may be caused by a weakness in a thigh muscle that is further caused by pelvic and lower back misalignment which is disturbing the neurological communication between the brain and that muscle. With this muscle now weak the knee is vulnerable to injury. The real solution is therefore to correct the problem in the spine and then address the secondary issues at the knee joint. There may also be problems with this patients nutrition or exercise habits that are adding further stress in and preventing healing. The foot and ankle joints may also be a factor to be considered. This holistic understanding of health is common to practitioners of chiropractic.

Chiropractors tend to focus on overall wellness and attempt to restore as many natural conditions as possible (spinal alignment, neurology and lifestyle) to allow the body to heal. Chiropractors work from the premise that the human body is designed to be healthy and that symptoms occur because of imbalances created by an accumulation of lifestyle stresses and injuries in the body. By removing these blockages the body is then able to return to health.

Physiotherapists and Osteopaths can tend to be more medical in their approach by treating painful areas and focussing therapies directly onto them. Many chiropractors also practice with the intent to simply treat symptoms as well. There is probably a 50:50 split within the chiropractic profession between those who practice a wellness based approach and those who are symptom based. Having said that I have also met Osteopaths and Physios who are heavily wellness focussed.

To summarise there are some commonalties among the professions, they can each tend to help with the same problems, it is mostly the philosophy and mindset behind the practitioner and the types of treatments that are used which differ. Now you probably have an appreciation of the differences and why this is a challenging question to answer completely.

If you are looking to regain your health and handle the real underlying issues in your body and lifestyle that are holding you back then we are what you are looking for. If you are hoping for a quick fix and not willing to invest time and energy into your health then FPT may not be a good fit for you. This is not to say that we cannot provide fast relief of your symptoms. The advanced methods that we employ allow us to hone in on the real problems and put them right quickly. Our main focus is to help you to reach a long term, well rounded and robust state of health, so that outcome should resonate with you first.

The vast majority of what we do at FPT is pain free. Spinal adjusting is a comfortable process, there is no pain associated with that with the exception of occasional mild to moderate tenderness if your joints are especially inflamed or if you tense up unexpectedly. Any discomfort here is fleeting and very soon passes.

When we work with correcting old injuries that occur to your muscles and ligaments there can be pain involved (similar to that of a deep tissue massage). Again this only lasts for the brief few seconds that we are working on the problem area and then passes. Old injuries are areas of heightened neurological sensitivity and will always be uncomfortable. The good news is that this type of work only needs to be done springily in the beginning of your care. The improvements that occur in your body function are well worth enduring this brief discomfort.

This care is one of the safest healing professions on the planet. Receiving spinal adjustments is many hundreds of times safer than taking common painkillers.

In most cases yes. The ‘cracking’ sound is simply gas escaping the joints. Its a bit like the cracking of a whip, the noise that you hear is the joint capsule expansing upon itself in response to the release of gas from within the joint capsule as an adjustment is delivered.

Please remember we are trained extensively to safely deliver specific adjustments to your spine. We are the only profession that trains for 10-15 hours per week for 4 years on spinal adjusting before we ever provide the service to a member of the public. We also focus on this unique healing art for 8 hours per day, day in and day out, for years. If you are going to go anywhere to get your spine adjusted we are the safest and wisest approach. A physiotherapists for example, learns a less specific, simpler approach called manipulation which is learned over a weekend seminar. There is a big difference here. Our approach at FPT is to always work within your tolerance and if you are someone who quite simply does not want to experience adjustments we have many other tools, techniques and technology to help you get the results you are looking for. Please let us know on your next session if you have any questions about this.

No. You will not have to keep coming forever for this to work for you. Once you have been through a care program and gotten positive results we do recommend maintenance care for most people because the modern world is like a pressure cooker. This is a choice however and not a necessity. The people who choose it do so because they love the results that they have experienced and they want to insure that they keep these benefits for life.

Our bodies get exposed to multiple stresses every day and new problems can be created. We find that it is much better to live life in an ongoing state of full function and comfort by finding and correcting new problems as they arise and maintaining good working order as you age. This is just an option however. If you go through corrective care a lot of damage of the past will be corrected and your spine will remodel and rehabilitate significantly. This can result in a body that is much more robust to the stress and strain of modern life. Provided that you take care of your lifestyle and avoid excess stress and accidents then you may go for months to years without any recurrence of your problems.

The truth is that some people make the conscious decision to see us for life. Why do they choose that? Quite simply because they can tell the difference between how good life is when they are well adjusted versus the difficulties they face when their body is out of balance and locked into stress. For many people it makes sense to proactively invest into their health and to ‘keep it topped up’ that to wait for issues to arise. There is a level of care for everyone.

Opening Hours

Monday
10.30am – 6.00pm

Tuesday
7.00am – 4.30pm

Wednesday
9.30am – 7.00pm

Thursday
11.00am – 4.30pm

Friday
7.00am – 1.00pm

Saturday
6.30am – 8.30am

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