If you’re looking for a drug-free, holistic approach to healthcare, you may want to consider chiropractic care. This practice uses non-invasive spinal manipulation, called an adjustment, to restore joint function, relieve pain and promote overall wellness. However, chiropractic treatment goes far beyond neck or back pain. It’s used to treat a wide range of health issues. This includes everything from high and low blood pressure, asthma and allergies to acid reflux, insomnia and infertility. Here, we talk to some of the top chiropractors in Singapore about what they do and the benefits of chiropractic.
Chiropractic care focuses on correcting misalignments in the spine; these misalignments interfere with the nervous system, and can cause all kinds of symptoms throughout the body – everything from migraines and back pain to asthma and digestive problems. A chiropractic adjustment performed by an experienced chiropractor can realign the spine – thus, removing nervous system interference and the symptoms that come along with it.
As one of the top chiropractors in Singapore, Chiropractic Singapore has been delivering chiropractic care to the international community here for the last 10 years. With four clinic locations across the island (CBD, Novena, Jurong, Tampines), the practice is dedicated to helping people achieve both long-term health and symptomatic relief. To do this, chiropractor DR RYAN VAN DEN HEUVEL and his team first aim to understand the root cause of a patient’s condition, and then tailor chiropractic treatment according to the patient’s individual needs.
Of course, you don’t need to have a specific concern to seek chiropractic care. Instead of waiting to treat issues once they develop, chiropractic can be utilised as a valuable, preventative tool. For this reason, many of Dr Ryan’s patients come to him regularly for check-ups to maintain spinal health and prevent issues from arising.
According to Dr Ryan, everyone should see a chiropractor at least once in their life, even if it’s only for a check up to find out the condition of one’s spine. He compares it to seeing a dentist for routine check-ups. “Most people see dentists regularly to make sure their teeth are healthy,” he says. “So, why not give your spine the same, if not more?”
What to expect from your chiropractic visit
A regular adjustment session at Chiropractic Singapore involves checking the patient’s spine and the surrounding muscles for tension, then adjusting the appropriate segments.
As a new patient, you can expect to have a detailed discussion about your immediate concerns and goals, along with your medical history and any previous injuries. Additionally, you can expect a range of posture and motion assessments, any relevant orthopaedic and neurological testing, and x-rays to determine where the problem is stemming from.
Hear from Dr Ryan:
“I always wanted to work in healthcare, as I have a passion for helping people. However, the typical allopathic, treatment-based medicine didn’t resonate with me. I would much rather help prevent illness than treat it. That’s when I found out about chiropractic; after my local chiropractor helped me understand more, I knew that chiropractic was right for me.
I love helping people reach their goals and regain a certain quality of life that they have lost due to the symptoms they are experiencing. Beyond that, I like keeping them healthy so they can live the lives they wish to live.”
Locations at Far East Square in the CBD (31 Pekin St, #02-01), Novena Specialist Centre (8 Sinaran Drive #05-21), Westgate Tower (1 Gateway Drive #10-13) and Our Tampines Hub (1 Tampines Walk #B1-21)
“Connect, educate and transform” is not merely a motto, but a way of providing care for this top chiropractic clinic in Singapore. Nestled in the Orchard area, Genesis Chiropractic aims to inspire people to make smart choices when it comes to their health and wellness, with natural, safe and effective methods. Chiropractor DR TRAVIS FISHER and his team, with two other chiropractors, have provided care to the international community in Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia for nearly 15 years. They use evidence based methodology to provide corrective chiropractic care programmes tailored to each individual’s needs and goals.
According to Dr Fisher, who practises a range of chiropractic methods, the human body was built with an innate healing system. He says that chiropractic care eliminates interference of this system caused by misalignments of the spine and joints that result from emotional, chemical and physical stresses on the body. Misalignments put pressure on the nerves, resulting in dysfunction within the nervous system and surrounding soft tissues; they reduce the necessary communication between the brain and body that’s required for the body to function properly. Luckily, chiropractors are highly trained to locate and correct these misalignments with specific and measured adjustments to remove the interference in the nervous system, and restore the proper flow between body and brain.
What to expect from your chiropractic visit
At Genesis Chiropractic, they don’t guess when it comes to your health. All care is based on methodical evaluation and body testing. Evaluations begin with a consultation, followed by a detailed examination and posture analysis. X-rays are also used when necessary. Recommendations are then made based on an individual’s unique needs, and certain rehab and posture correction therapies may be recommended. Additionally, tailored at-home exercise routines may be advised, based on Dr Fisher’s background in personal training and kinesiology.
But, don’t worry – adjustments aren’t painful. In fact, many patients report a sense of calm after their chiropractic adjustments.
Hear from Dr Travis Fisher:
“At Genesis Chiropractic, we’re not just about helping you get out of pain. We realise that every health issue brings larger consequences and impacts your overall life, which at times, can prevent you from being the best possible version of yourself. As lifestyle experts, we hope to prompt people to cultivate more healthy habits into their lifestyles, especially following the pandemic as people are work at home and some back to the office.
In addition to offering freedom from pain, we offer freedom from unnecessary drugs and surgeries. By removing interference to the nervous system, we often see lives transform. Many people comment on getting resolution for issues unrelated to why they originally sought care.We see ourselves as a team of guardians for the health of the families in our community by guiding each person through a systematic approach that offers results that align with their health goals.
For one person, ‘results’ may be a long-term drug-free solution to their regular headaches. For another, it may be wellness care to ensure their children are growing in alignment with good posture so they face fewer issues as adults. But, the best result is prevention; that is, doing what’s necessary in today’s modern world so we never get a lifestyle disease in the first place. Everyone has their own personal situation. We have to consider this and we tailor care to suit their individual needs. It requires careful monitoring, re-evaluation and willingness to adapt care when needed.”
#08-13 Triple One Somerset, 111 Somerset Road
9810 9909 | genesischiropractic.sg
Academy of Chiropractic Clinic
Another one of the top chiropractors in Singapore is Academy of Chiropractic Clinic in Clarke Quay. This practice utilises the Gonstead chiropractic method to help patients of all ages with all kinds of conditions. In fact, Gonstead chiropractor DR WILLIAM CHOI not only encourages regular chiropractic treatment for adults, but for children as well. He says that stress to the spine can begin at birth, when an infant’s underdeveloped spine can suffer trauma during delivery. As the child grows, repeated falls, and physical activities like twisting and jumping, can cause vertebral misalignment. And, many children frequently communicate this pain through grumpiness, acting out or incessant crying. Other signs of spinal distress may include colic, poor appetite, ear infections, bed-wetting and ADHD. A properly aligned spine, however, can promote good posture, a stronger immune system and better health overall.
Like other chiropractic techniques, the Gonstead chiropractic method uses non-invasive, hands-on manipulation. However, the Gonstead chiropractor uses a set of very specific criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral misalignment. These include visualisation (looking for subtle changes in posture or movement), feeling the patient’s spine in static and dynamic positions, x-ray analysis, and the use of a Nervoscope. A Nervoscope is an instrument that measures heat on the spine to uncover any signs of inflammation.
Here’s what to expect from a Gonstead chiropractic session
The examination and treatment begins with a discussion of the patient’s case history. Your chiropractor will want to know the problems or discomforts you’re experiencing, and if you’ve had auto accidents, falls or other traumas to your body in the past. An x-ray is then be done to look for signs of disease, fracture and what position the vertebrae are in. Once the problem is detected, effective adjustments can be made. Done by hand, Gonstead adjustments are safe and gentle, and never forced. They are precise, biomechanically accurate and well-researched.
The focus of the Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise and as accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas, explains Dr Choi. If done correctly, the adjustment should be quick and painless with one segment corrected per adjustment. It’s also common for patients to feel relaxed, even sleepy, after an adjustment.
Hear from Dr William Choi:
“Gonstead chiropractors look at the spine from an engineer’s point of view. By analysing and treating the structure and mobility of each disc in relation to the overall functioning of the spine and surrounding tissues, we aim to rebuild the spine from the bottom up.
These days, more and more people are recognising chiropractic care and its value for treating many conditions, and improving overall health and wellness. More than just spinal adjustment, studies have shown that chiropractic’s holistic approach to healthcare can be used to effectively treat a wide variety of health issues.
For example, if you have trouble sleeping, a chiropractor might be able to help. As sleep is connected to overall health, a lack of spinal stability can have a negative impact on your ability to rest. When vertebrae are misaligned, signals cannot be properly transferred from one body part to another. This causes problems in the central nervous system. Regular chiropractic adjustments can keep your neck in alignment, ensuring that you get the right amount of sleep.”
Vitality Chiropractic Centres
Also among the top chiropractors in Singapore is DR SHAAN RAI of Vitality Chiropractic Centres. In fact, according to Dr Shaan, Vitality Chiropractic is the only chiropractic clinic in Singapore – and the first in Southeast Asia – that specialises in Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care, which is used to treat health issues related to the nervous system. This includes migraines, vertigo, Meniere’s disease and neurological conditions.
Upper Cervical is a speciality focused on brainstem-related problems. Located at the base of the brain and at the top of the spinal cord, the brainstem is responsible for controlling many of the body’s key functions. To analyse this area properly, Dr Shaan uses Computed Thermography (nerve scans) and biomechanical x-rays to analyse patients and provide more specified care. He says that this is particularly helpful in the more difficult cases where patients have been affected chronically, helping them to “take their lives back.”
Here’s what you can expect from Vitality Chiropractic
The first appointment is a one-hour consultation to learn more about the patient’s case. Dr Shaan will take your medical history, and perform a physical assessment and nerve scans. He typically sends for for x-rays to be reviewed at the following appointment to determine the next steps.
At every regular appointment, you can expect nerve scans, which help determine when an adjustment is needed. After an adjustment, you can take some time in one of the clinic’s recovery suites to “speed up” the healing progress. You can also expect to receive information about the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to take home.
Hear from Dr Shaan Rai:
“At Vitality Chiropractic, we pride ourselves in taking on some of the most difficult cases – often, where people have lost their ability to work, continue hobbies or even play with their children. These are the problems that really drive me. I have always wondered why some people have health problems while others with the same lifestyle and risk factors can live worry-free. The pursuit of this question is what led me to this speciality where, instead of chasing every symptom or body part, we look directly to the underlying cause of the issue, which is often overlooked.
I believe everybody should be able to have their nerve system checked for problems, even if they’re not experiencing any symptoms. You’re always better with a healthy nervous system than an unhealthy nerve system.
To train in this speciality, I undertook additional training in the US, UK, Australia and outreach trips in the Philippines, before opening Vitality Chiropractic. I chair the Charity and Outreach Committee for the Alliance of Chiropractic. We are active in the community, offering free care at local community centres.”
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