ABC – The Paediatric Chiropractor Alternative

By Lucky Gidda and Niamh McIvor – ABC Specialists

If you’re looking for an alternative to a paediatric chiropractor in Birmingham to help your little ones, then welcome to Upright Body Renewal. We absolutely love treating babies and children and nothing can beat the enjoyment of seeing a child flourish!

Babies and children can easily suffer from misalignments to the skeleton (especially in the head and spine). This can happen whilst in the womb, during birth, and from knocks and tumbles as they learn to move and explore. Our natural and holistic method aims to resolve these misalignments and is called Advanced BioStructural Correction and is unlike paediatric chiropractic treatment such as ‘touch and hold’. A major aspect of the treatment is that it is a holistic, full-body and cranial treatment method, which gently corrects alignment to immediatley improve babies and children’s physical health.

We often help with issues such as pain, restricted motion, tummy issues, delays in sitting up, crawling and walking and balance. Children suffering from these types of symptoms can also become distracted, irritable and have issues with sleeping and feeding.

We can treat babies as young as several days old and have completed specific training for this age group. Babies tend to respond very quickly compared to children or adults and so usually the treatment program will often be very brief.

Our safe, consistent and predictable treatment also improves children’s posture without exercises. We have found that modern shoes, furniture, toys and technology are resulting in many children having postural issues. Thankfully this is usually completely reversible with our treatment and advice. We often help with pigeon chest, over-arching of the spine, flat feet, knock-knees and many more posture issues. We could help where others have failed for children of all ages.

We also find that children with cerebral palsy receive huge benefits to their balance, mood, mobility, and cognitive function from our treatment too! This is because the treatment not only reduces abnormal stress in the muscles, joints and bones but, also in the nervous system too. You can learn more about ABC here.

To make sure we can help your child, we offer a free consultation with one of our ABC specialists before you book a full assessment.

What is the difference between ABC and a paediatric chiropractor?

Treating your child’s alignment correctly is what sets Advanced BioStructural Correction™ apart from every other physical treatment modality, and is what makes it so unique and effective when applied correctly. This is why we only use this method in our clinic and sets us apart from paediatric chiropractors.

Another unique aspect of the treatment is the releasing of scar tissue that builds up which we call “meningeal adhesions”. This is done with very specific stretches to the spine itself. These stretches provide instant and lasting improvements to alignment and posture that no other method can provide. For babies, the stretches as very gentle and helps them to immediately settle.

Treatment with Advanced BioStructural Correction ™ usually results in rapid symptom relief and simultaneous posture correction. The aim being, to not only to resolve the symptoms but to reverse the underlying condition and return their body back to normal alignment.

We offer an alternative to paediatric chiropractic in Birmingham that, from our experience, gets results like no other method. If you would like to find out more about our treatment please get in touch with us to discuss your baby or child’s health.

What is Paediatric Chiropractic?

Did you know that there are many types of chiropractic adjustment methods that a paediatric chiropractor in Birmingham can choose from in order to detect and treat your child’s condition?

The main treatment is a form of joint manipulation known as the “paediatric chiropractic technique” or “touch and hold”. It involves testing the quality of motion of a joint (where two bones meet) to determine if it is restricted. Then pressure is applied to that area of the child’s spine. With babies, the pressure is very gentle and with older children, the treatment administered is often a quick and firm force which usually involves twisting, pulling or pushing a bone to attempt to get a release. This type of treatment is also known as “High-Velocity Low-Amplitude” joint manipulation.

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Unfortunately, testing the quality of motion in a joint has been shown to be unreliable ( When I used to practice this way, I also would be frustrated with this method as sometimes it seemed to help, other times it did not help, and often it would hurt! This was not acceptable to me.

Normal paediatric chiropractic treatment may also use many other chiropractic adjustment methods to treat the joints including Sacro-Occipital Technique, Gonstead technique, Toggle, Thompson Drop, etc.

Several years ago, when I was researching why these methods were so unreliable, I found that they all had something in common which prevented them from addressing the root cause consistently. Although they were working on the skeleton (which is the right thing to do), they were going about it the wrong way.

We learned what seemed to actually cause joints to become stiff, or hypermobile, or unstable, or swollen, or have dysfunctional movement. The reason was:

A bone out of place in a direction that the body could not self-correct because there were no muscles or combination of muscles that could pull the bone back into alignment.

This is a simple idea but in reality can cause a lot of distress and misery to those affected.

Even babies can have bones out of place that they cannot self-correct as none of us has muscles that can pull every bone in every direction. The misalignments are often related to the gestation and birth process which is physically taxing on the baby and sometimes traumatic. Examples of these issues include breech births, assisted births, and casaerian births.

Toddlers and children can become injured from falls and knocks. They can also succumb to the postural strain of carrying a school bag, tight shoes, studying and using iPads / mobile devices.

Generally, paediatric chiropractors are generally all focussing on compensations and not on the underlying cause which is driving the problem. Symptoms can be misleading; e.g. where it hurts or is stiff is not the site of the actual issue. The correct understanding is crucial to effectively and safely treating and helping babies and children.

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Symptoms can be misleading. Even for professionals!

Treating Compensations

When a bone becomes out of place in a direction the body cannot self-correct, the natural and usual response is for the body to begin to twist, torque and bend to compensate for the imbalance caused by the bone out of place.

This compensating behaviour results in the pulling on and stressing of the tissues and organs of the body such as the nervous system, muscles, joints, organs, and vascular system.

This ultimately leads to the production and presentation of symptoms in the body such as pain, poor posture, weakness, balance, co-ordination and strength issues.

​These compensations are what almost everyone else in the medical and non-medical profession focuses on in their treatment and not the true cause or origin.

Treating these areas can provide short term relief but unless you tackle the root of the problem, it may not improve your child’s overall health in the long term. An example is providing shoe orthotics for flat feet. Whilst wearing the shoes, the alignment of the ankles improves but can shift the stress to the knees (or anywhere else in their body). Without the orthotics, the feet go back to being flat, meaning that this treatment does not tackle the actual issue but is a superfical treatment.

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An example of a primary misalignment causing compensations

Aside from not tackling the underlying issue, treating compensations can make it harder for your child’s body to cope with the primary injury. Our bodies are intelligent and the compensations are there for a reason.

ABC – An alternative to paediatric chiropractors in Birmingham

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We have improved the biomechanics, posture, mobility and symptoms of every baby and child that we have helped to date. That’s a 100% record.

 In a survey conducted of our adult clients in 2019, we found:

  1. 98% rate our treatment effective
  2. 100% noticed posture improvement
  3. 96% had symptom improvement
  4. 91% noticed better breathing
  5. 95% benefitted from better movement, focus, energy, sleep and mood.
  6. 99% would recommend us to others

Compared to the results we had been getting with previous methods and current competing techniques and professions, this is astoundingly effective and consistent!

Find out more

You can learn more about primary injuries and compensations in this video. It will also teach you how these lead to many symptoms you may be experiencing.

Upright Body Renewal – Different from paediatric chiropractors in Birmingham.

If you would like to find out more about our treatment please get in touch with us to discuss your problem.

Find out more about Advanced BioStructural Correction.

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ABC – The Alternative to a Paediatric Chiropractor in Birmingham

Alternative to Paediatric Chiropractor

Our ABC specialists at Upright Body Renewal have been trained to understand the special needs of babies and children. We have a very high success rate for symptom relief and we also see consistent improvements in posture, movement and balance.

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