Advanced Bio-Structural Correction
ABC™ has been widely practiced internationally, and is now pioneered by a small group of Australian Chiropractors.
ABC™ is an emerging chiropractic technique that builds on the cornerstone of traditional chiropractic. ABC™ 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.
The ABC™ 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 tension and injury until it is completely erased. You can learn more on the ABC™ Australia website or in the ABCA factsheet.
The initial consultation takes around 60 minutes. You’ll need to complete a Medical History Form and have a discussion with one of our specialists. We’ll explain and demonstrate
what the ABC™ treatment involves, assess any X-Rays you may bring, and generally assess your body including height, balance, posture (this includes taking photos), range of motion and orthopaedic tests.
ABC™ 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.
ABC™ is very safe for children. It can help prevent growing pains and long-term postural problems. 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.
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 older appearance 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 Posture (FHP). This causes your head to pull against your neck, back,
shoulders and chest, and can also push your hips out of alignment to compensate. ABC™ work on correcting FHP as well as other signs of poor posture such as slumping.
Our ABC™ chiropractors will adjust your spine using a series of stretches, which can be quite intense. Unlike conventional chiropractic treatments, ABC™ 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 severe conditions may
need a few weeks of treatment before they can really see or feel a difference.
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
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.
We take photos on a regular basis so we can re-assess your posture. This also enables you to see the postural changes
taking place within your body, without using harsh practices such as X-Rays.
It is highly recommended that you attend one of our ABC™ workshops, where we cover off sleeping, standing and sitting techniques that help prevent unnecessary pressure on
your body. This workshop will help you speed up your unwinding process at home.
No we do not, as we found the individual transaction time of HICAPS a hindrance to the smooth running of our clinic. Subiaco Chiropractic prints a monthly statement for you, to claim at your health fund.
We offer a direct debit system called EZYPAY. You can pay weekly, fortnightly, monthly or in bulk for your treatments. This helps you to walk in and out of the clinic with ease.
Even those with few, if any, health conditions can benefit from chiropractic maintenance care.
n the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, Chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.” Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.1 In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.2
A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health. There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually the chiropractor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant or indirect pressure. After years of university training and clinical experience, each chiropractor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.
Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems.
While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.
Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic check-ups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some of the health complaints seen later in adults. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.
More and more people are consulting Chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.
Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results. As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.
Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.
Most patients find that periodic chiropractic check-ups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be they’re very best, finding that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.
Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time consuming, chiropractors stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
In most cases, not at all. In fact most people find having an adjustment very relaxing.
With some adjustments you may sometimes feel or hear popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as spinal movement is restored, such as when a wet glass is removed from a table. Some Chiropractors use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine. Others use pelvic blocks to re-align the body. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. Whatever the technique, Chiropractors use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.
If you’re new to Chiropractic care, you’ll want to know what type of result you can expect. Individual experience varies from person to person, but most people can expect some benefits soon after beginning care and for these to consolidate further as therapy continues. Statistically too, research shows that Chiropractic care is more effective and economical and also gives longer lasting results for disorders of the spine than other forms of health care.3 4 5
In understanding the difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy, we recommend referring to the definition of each practice. Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The practice of Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Physiotherapy, as described by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, “uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness. Each individual is different and must make their own choice about the most appropriate method of care for them. We believe Chiropractic, with its central focus on the spine, nervous system and their impact on entire body provides a health care option that can help manage pain as well as assist in achieving optimal well-being.
Chiropractors have varying initial consultation fees, depending on the needs of the individual. Some may adjust on first visit, and some may not, or sometimes an x-ray may be taken. Generally first consults are approx. $65 – $120, and regular visits around $40 – $55.
Most Chiropractors will take care of people in the clothes they come in with. However any bulky clothing, such as a heavy winter jacket or thick jumper would need to be removed. A small percentage of Chiropractors will require their clients to be gowned.
We believe ABC™ Chiropractic and Acupuncture techniques provide effective complementary therapies.
Acupuncture is a means of adjusting the body’s life energy (chi or qi) through the insertion of fine needles into carefully selected acupuncture points along the meridians of the body. The needles, which have a rounded end rather than a sharp cutting one, are inserted into the points and are then manipulated with a gentle pumping action, by twirling or leaving in place for a few minutes. These motions stimulate the flow of energy and remove blockages so that the qi can be dispersed and regulated. When the qi is flowing properly throughout the body, the balance is restored and improved health results.
Although many theories have been presented, there is still no easy answer as to exactly how acupuncture works. The “Gate Control” theory suggests that pain impulses are blocked from reaching the spinal cord or brain at various “gates” to these areas. Since a majority of acupuncture points are either located near, or connected to neural structures, this suggests that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to “shut the gate” to the sensation of pain. Other theories suggest that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce narcotic like substances such as endorphins and opioids which, when released into the body, relieve pain. One thing is certain, although we may not know precisely how it works, studies have shown that it does work for a large majority of people and conditions.
The answer to this question is no. While having a positive state of mind helps with any type of treatment, conventional or otherwise, it is not necessary to “believe” in acupuncture for it to work. This is evidenced not only through clinical study in “non-believers”, but by the fact that animals and small children who cannot be instructed to “believe” receive relief through the use of acupuncture.
The sensation of receiving an acupuncture treatment can rarely be described as painful. Now that is not to say that it is devoid of sensation. But, generally the feeling is more of a tingling. Acupuncture needles have a doweled end and therefore do not cut the skin as regular injection needles do. Following treatment it is common for the patient to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation, and/or exhilaration.
This is a very common question among those who have never experienced an acupuncture treatment. The answer relies on the skill of the practitioner. If he or she is unsure of what they are doing, it is certainly possible to inflict injury with an acupuncture needle. However, when practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe and there is no danger whatsoever. The importance of seeking an appropriately trained practitioner cannot be overstated.
There are very few situations where acupuncture is not advised. These are the most common:
If the patient has a haemophilic condition. If the patient is pregnant – certain acupuncture points and needle manipulations should not be used during pregnancy. If the patient has a severe psychotic condition or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Before undergoing any acupuncture treatment, ask the practitioner about their sterilization procedures. All registered acupuncturists are required by law to sterilize needles. It is in their own interest, as much as in the patient’s, to use extreme caution. For this reason, some practitioners use disposable needles, which can be disregarded following the treatment of each patient. In cases where disposable needles are not used, the practitioner will have a sterilizer (called an autoclave) in the clinic, or may use hospital sterilization services.
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists approximately four dozen different conditions that can legitimately be treated by acupuncture. The most common uses for acupuncture in the West include: Pain Management, Asthma, Drug Abuse, Alcoholism, Smoking, Stroke, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Gynaecological and Obstetric Problems, and Sexual Problems. For further information on the conditions, please click
Acupuncture is no different than any other form of medical treatment. Upon the patient’s first visit, the practitioner will record basic biographical information about the patient, and will then proceed with the diagnostic framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine, described as the four examinations. These include: observation, listening smelling, questioning and touching. Once the diagnosis is complete, the practitioner will discuss the treatment with the patient, and the patient will have an opportunity to ask questions – i.e. how many needles will be used, at which acu-points, possible duration of treatment, complimentary treatments such as herbal medicine, etc.
The total number of treatments required to effect change in a condition varies dependent upon the disease, and it’s severity, the duration of the illness, the frequency of the treatments and the patient themself. Consultation with an experienced practitioner on you and your condition will offer the best guide for the length of treatment. However, as a rough guideline, the maximum benefit is usually obtained after approximately six treatments at weekly intervals. Three more treatments at three-month intervals followed by one or two occasional treatments may be recommended to prevent recurrence.
As previously mentioned, acupuncture is an extremely safe method of treatment, and as such, side effects and complications are extremely rare when treated by an experienced, licensed practitioner. However, a small number of patients do have reactions to the procedure, which may include nausea, light-headedness and fainting. As in any matter pertaining to health, any concerns should be discussed with the practitioner prior to treatment and following treatment to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Yes, children can receive acupuncture and often have excellent results with this treatment. However, in cases where the children are uneasy about the needles, a practitioner may choose to use an acupressure treatment (massage of the acu-points), as opposed to acupuncture.
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3Meade TW, Dyer S, Browne W, Townsend J, Frank AO. (1990) Low Back Pain of Mechanical Origin: Randomised Comparison of Chiropractic and Hospital Outpatient Treatment. The British Medical Journal 300: 1431-7
4Manga P, Angus D et al (1993) The Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain. Pran Manga and Associates, University of Ottawa, Canada.
5Shekelle PG, Adams AH, Chassin MR et al. (1991) AHThe Appropriateness of Spinal Manipulation for Low-Back Pain: Indications and Ratings by a Multidisciplinary Panel. Santa Monida, Calif: RAND Copr, 1991