All you need to know about Singapore Chiropractors

Are you looking for pain solutions to your lower back pain or pain from other parts of your body? Sure you’ve heard about chiropractic care but you’re unsure what the heck it is? Here’s the Ultimate Guide on Everything you need to know about Singapore Chiropractors and Chiropractic Care.

Misconceptions of Singapore Chiropractors

The first Chiropractor in Singapore that was issued an employment pass is to an American name Dr. Carol S.Elder-Birnbaum. That being said, the establishment of Chiropractic in Singapore was dated way back in 1978.  

Till date, many Singaporeans are still skeptical about the chiropractic care supposed benefits and safety as there is no scientific evidence to back up. Further, some have even spoken negatively about their experience with the Singapore Chiropractors to be horrifying as they have undergone hard-sell sales trauma for high ticket chiropractic treatments.  

Do not be disheartened by one or two bad reviews and news that you’ve heard. How true the stories are, you’ll never know. Thus, it is important for you to find out personally if you wish to receive any chiropractic treatment. This ‘Ultimate Guide on everything you need to know about Singapore Chiropractors and Chiropractic Care’ will help you gain the minimal understanding of the chiropractic professions.   

You can click here for more FAQ about our website or alternatively, you can reach out to any the Singapore Chiropractors directly should you have any doubts regarding to your pain problems.

1. What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is a form of diagnose, treatment and even prevention to pain problems that affect the nerves, muscles, bones, and joints of the body – in short the neuromusculoskeletal system of your body.

The reason for patients to seek Chiropractic Care is considered as an alternative treatment approach to undergo scary surgery and consume pain-killing drugs.

2. What does a Singapore Chiropractor specialised in?

Consider a Chiropractor as a trained specialist in identifying and readjusting the misalignments of the spine known as vertebral subluxation that interfere with the central nervous system function.

By using their hands, the Chiropractors are trained to help restore posture, align the spine, improve the nervous system function and maintain the overall health of the patient. 

3. How are the Singapore Chiropractors qualified to perform chiropractic care?

Similar to medical doctors, many people do not realise that Chiropractors have to spend years in rigorous training to be qualified as a baseline level of an experience Chiropractor.

All licensed Singapore Chiropractor holds a chiropractic degree from a professional degree-granting course to receive the titles for doctor of chiropractic, chiropractic physician or chiropractor. Mandatory subjects to learn in the course includes anatomy, physiology, nutrition and holistic health.

A 2005 World Health Organization (WHO) guideline indicates that all prospective chiropractors who does not have any relevant prior health care education or experience must undergo a four years of full-time education. Regardless of the model of education utilized, the prospective chiropractors must spend a minimum of contract hours with 4200 student or teacher (or the equivalent) and this includes 1000 hours of hands-on supervised training.

4. How can a Singapore Chiropractor do and what are their limitations?

If you are facing the following problems, a licensed Singapore Chiropractor should be able to help.

  • Ankle/Foot Pain
  • Chest Pain
  • Extremity Pain (Arm & Leg)
  • Headaches
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Neck Pain & Stiffness
  • Numbness/Tingling
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Upper, Mid or Low Back Pain

Please do not be mislead into believing that Chiropractic Care can cure all body pain problems. If you encounter any Chiropractor that can help with other problems outside of the list indicated as above, (e.g. Asthma, Diabetes, Flu, etc), you may want to do your research and reconsider your trust towards that Chiropractor.

5. What determines a Professional Chiropractor in Singapore.

In general, a professional Singapore chiropractor will only advise a chiropractic treatment that is according to your body needs based on your condition. You should not have that high-pressure feeling from an aggressive salesman that ask you to sign packages that are more than 12 sessions.

During the consultation session, a professional Singapore chiropractor will not make exaggerated claims about your problems rather, their concerns is focused in resolving your issue.     

6. Is it true that the chiropractic industry in Singapore is not regulated?  

The chiropractic industry in Singapore has been self-regulated by the Chiropractic Association Singapore since the the development of a self-regulation document (SRD) adopted in 2002.  

All licensed Singapore Chiropractors have to abide by those guidelines set by WHO and also the standards of practising chiropractic in Singapore set by the Chiropractic Association.

Even though there is an absence of a government registration, the Ministry of Health (MOH) holds regular dialogues with the  the Chiropractic Association to review the best practices of the chiropractic industry in Singapore.

Having said that, as qouted from Mr Neil Stakes, the vice-president of the Chiropractic Association “Singapore should follow Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand that have formally regulated chiropractic care in their countries. This can prevent rogues from entering Singapore to take advantage of an unregulated environment” 

You’ll never know when and how soon it will be for Singapore to formally regulate the chiropractic industry.    

7. What are the potential side effects and risks that a Chiropractor can cause you to face?   

There are bound to be some side effects and risks involved in any healthcare sector. A chiropractic treatment may cause minor side effects such as headache, fatigue or pain in the parts of the body that were treated. While a severe case that can happen to the patient, after the chiropractic neck manipulation, is stroke.  

Chiropractic Care is not for everyone. You should not consider any chiropractic treatments if you have:

  • A known bone abnormality in your upper neck
  • Cancer detected along or near your spine
  • Critical osteoporosis condition
  • Easily numb or little strength in your arms or legs
  • Stroke or bone abnormality in your family history

Before consenting to any treatment, it is best to do a thorough research on a professional Singapore Chiropractor that is certified, reliable and experienced. In addition, you can lower any potential risks by sharing as many medical information with the Chiropractor during the consultation session. This includes your family health history, medical documents (x-ray, MRI, etc taken within the year), allergies, lifestyle, trauma accidents, past surgery, etc.

8. What happens when you visit a Singapore  Chiropractor?

No. 1_A typical visit to a chiropractic clinic starts off with a consultation session for the chiropractor to understand your existing health status, the treatment that is suitable for you, determine any potential risks and potential side effects.

No. 2_The chiropractor will conduct a chiropractic and orthopaedic examinations by identify possible potential issues that might occur at your back and legs.

No. 3_There may be possible X-Ray examinations on your spine (if necessary).

No. 4_The chiropractor will obtain your consent to receive the recommended chiropractic treatment and your agreement with the charges, acknowledgement of the potential risks and potential minor side effects.  

No. 5_Proceed with the chiropractic treatment.

No. 6_Review of your wellbeing after the chiropractic session.

9. How much does a typical Singapore Chiropractor charge?

Most of the Singapore Chiropractors choose not to indicate their fees on their website as there are many factors that can influence the chiropractic treatment cost.

See the prices abstracted from Singapore Pain Solutions (left) and Squareone (right) below for your information.

In Conclusion

Chiropractic care isn’t as scary as what some have said. Do a little research and read up a little to know what you’re in for before you commit to any treatment. Even doing a simple Thai Massage at Johor Bahru. It may be relaxing at first but there’s also some side effects as well.

That being said, we hope that you find this Ultimate Guide on Everything you need to know about Singapore Chiropractors and Chiropractic Care useful. Should you wish to find out more about any other topics or you have some interesting stories to share, do contact us, we’ll be more than glad to hear from you.

Till next time!

Your personal chiropractic assistant,

north lake chiropractor.


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