The 100% Truth about Chiropractic
Hi, my name is Dr Jenny Li. I am a fully qualified Doctor of Chiropractic, and I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in the United States. I have practised in Hong Kong and at an established chiropractic brand in Singapore for six years before founding Singapore Pain Solutions.
Over the years, I realised that many people have misconceptions about what chiropractic can or cannot do. On top of that, some self-proclaimed chiropractors are tainting the industry with poor practices such as hard-sell sales tactics and making bizarre claims.
I believe that it will be a good idea to put up a resource guide, so people can better understand and appreciate chiropractic. Having the right information to make an informed decision is critical especially when we are talking about issues relating to your health.
Understanding Chiropractic & Chiropractors
A Typical Chiropractic Adjustment Session
What is Chiropractic?
According to the definition by World Health Organisation (WHO):
Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is an emphasis on manual techniques, including joint adjustment and/or manipulation, with a particular focus on the subluxation.
Spinal manipulation dates back to Hippocrates and the ancient Greek physicians, the discovery of chiropractic is attributed to D.D. Palmer in 1895, with the first school for the training of chiropractors commencing in the United States of America in Davenport, Iowa in 1897.
Medical Research shows that Chiropractic helps
Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic
We go through at least five years of doctoral education in chiropractic institutions accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education to be qualified chiropractic practitioners. Just like any other professions, there are unqualified people operating a chiropractic business. That is why it is important for you to know how to identify a credible chiropractor.
There is some overlap between these two forms of treatment, but to put it simply, chiropractic deals with the spine and joints, while physiotherapy deals with soft tissues like joints and muscles.
Despite the similarities, a patient can benefit from a combination of both treatments. When it comes to chronic pain management, research has shown that a combination of chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments produce faster and longer lasting results.
Chiropractic is not a life-transforming miracle pill that works on the first try with 100% chance of recovery.
Chiropractic simply facilitates the healing of the body. Healing takes time and requires patience. Every 10-12 visits, we will assess your recovery progress with objective tests.
If you have undergone numerous chiropractic adjustments and still see little results, we will refer you to our healthcare partners for alternative treatments.
If by definition of real doctors you mean MD or GP, or OBGYN, you are right, we are definitely not MDs or GPs. Chiropractors don’t prescribe drugs or surgery in our practice. Does it mean we are totally against drug and surgery?
Absolutely not, drugs and surgery have their own place in the medical system. It is up to the right qualified professionals to decide the usage of drugs and surgery. For those seeking pain management thru drugs and surgery instead of focusing on the core problem, then chiropractic is definitely not the right choice for you.
Chiropractors are offering a less invasive method to deal with your pain management and as well as healthy, normal life style. Proper chiropractic training must be obtained usually with 4 years of additional education after graduating from college or university.
Chiropractic as a profession is also registered with the WHO (World Health Organisation) and recognized in many countries.
TCM focuses on the flow of Qi (energy) through the body. It is believed that any blockage of Qi will result in sickness, pain and discomfort. TCM utilises herbal supplement, cupping, tui na, massage and the occasional bone setting to “unblock” the Qi.
Chiropractic is the clinical application of our knowledge of biomechanics and neurology in the human body. We utilise diagnostic tools such as X-rays and MRIs to determine the function of joints and muscle.
Chiropractors focus on finding the root of the problem which causes ache, pain, numbness, and weakness in the muscles. Chiropractors also prescribe home rehabilitation exercises to help you recover faster.
Depending on the severity of your treatment, we will advise you to come more regularly at the start. Once we see significant improvements, we will suggest spacing out the treatments for maintenance.
Of course! Chiropractic is mostly about solving back issues. Your back pain is likely a result of spinal misalignment, or in some cases, rotation in your hip or feet. Come in for a consultation with us. We’ll see if we can help.
Usually, after the first session, you may feel some improvements. But it may take weeks or even months to see significant improvements. It depends on how severe your condition is, how well your body is reacting to the treatment, and most importantly, how regularly you are coming in for treatment. The more consistent you are, the better the results.
As long as you come for treatment regularly, your progress will not be affected. Even if you can’t make it regularly, you should still make time for treatment whenever you can. It’s better than not doing anything about it.
Chiropractic @ Singapore Pain Solutions
What happens during a chiropractic treatment?
- Our chiropractor will have a chat with you to understand a few things: health history, existing health conditions, drugs, trauma accidents, surgery, family history illness. It’ll be good if you can bring any accompanying documents to show us. Do bring along any special diagnosis images (x-ray, MRI, etc) that were taken within 6-8 months.
- Next, we’ll do chiropractic and orthopaedic examinations, which means we will be looking at your back and legs to identify potential issues.
- After that, we will decide whether or not you need to go for an X-ray before administering any treatment.
- Finally, you’ll receive your first chiropractic adjustment if you need one.
Do I need to sign a package? How many sessions should I get? Will you try to hard-sell me a long term package?
While it will save you money, we advise that you come in for a consultation first. After our consultation, we will advise if you should sign up for a package. Give us a try first. We want you to be fully confident in us before signing on the dotted line.
It is our policy not to do any form of hard-selling to our patients.
If any of our staff, try to hard sell to you our services, please get in touch with me directly.
Are there different kinds of chiropractic treatments?
Chiropractic adjustments typically involve manipulating the joints. Sometimes, massages and stretching are administered on the soft tissues if needed. Some other techniques include heat or ice application, prescription of rehabilitative exercises and electrical stimulation.
Get a Chiropractic Consultation
If you are suffering from back pain or discomfort in areas such as the lower back or neck, do give chiropractic a try.
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