From chronic back pain and sports injuries to pregnancy aches and postpartum recovery, physiotherapy can be helpful at all stages of life. Here, we talk to top physiotherapists about the conditions they treat and the benefits of seeing an experienced physio in Singapore.
The Physio Studio
The Physio Studio in Novena is dedicated to providing effective treatment to patients, in order to optimise their function, mobility and overall wellness. Patients come to this physio in Singapore for a wide range of reasons. These include musculoskeletal conditions, orthopaedic rehabilitation and sports injuries, along with pre- and post- breast cancer rehabilitation, and urinary incontinence after pregnancy or prostate surgery.
This Singapore physio also specialises in lymphoedema therapy. This involves lymphatic massage (manual lymphatic drainage) to reduce swelling from lymphoedema, a chronic condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues that most commonly occurs in cancer patients after lymph node removal. In addition to reducing swelling from lymphoedema, this type of therapy can lessen swelling due to pregnancy and poor blood circulation, treat headaches, improve the immune system and remove toxic waste from the body.
Hear from Vernetta Wong Tyng Yi, a physiotherapist with 16 years of experience:
“I have always been fascinated by the fact that physiotherapy can help patients to relieve pain, regain their mobility and physical fitness to the point that they may not even need painkillers or surgery. Physiotherapy treats an array of physical conditions with a holistic, evidence-based approach. This involves, but isn’t limited to, corrective movements and movement analysis, customised coaching, ergonomic advice based on your lifestyle, soft tissue release, manual therapy, pain relief modalities and appropriate exercises. Similar to a medical visit, a physiotherapy session involves questioning to further understand a patient’s medical history, and an evidence-based physical examination, followed by tailored physiotherapy treatment.”
This physiotherapy clinic in Singapore has locations in Tanjong Pagar (#21-15 International Plaza, 10 Anson Road) and Novena (#02-02/03 Novena Specialist Centre 8 Sinaran Drive). Clinical expertise includes specialist physiotherapy services for sports, musculoskeletal conditions, chronic pain, spinal rehabilitation, and pre- and postnatal problems such as pelvic floor dysfunctions and incontinence, or oncological conditions (breast and gynaecological cancer), as well as clinical Pilates.
Additionally, this Singapore physio specialises in paediatric physiotherapy for children with a wide variety of needs. These include neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, delayed milestones, colic pain, constipation and more.
Dedicated to providing holistic, quality care to ensure swift recoveries, Rapid Physiocare’s team of trained physiotherapists has a variety of advanced therapy equipment at their disposal. This includes extracorporeal shockwave, therapeutic ultrasound, interferential therapy, spinal traction unit, Pilates reformers and resistance training equipment.
Hear from Senior Principal Physiotherapist Sheny John, who has 21 years of experience and a special interest in women’s health and paediatric physiotherapy:
“As we age, women need to look after their pelvic floor to ensure that they are pain- and incontinence-free. It’s a complete misconception that it’s normal to have leakages post-pregnancy and that you have to just live with it. Like all muscles, the pelvic floor can be trained. It can make significant changes in your daily life including a reduction or elimination of incontinence, better sexual health and a stronger lower back that enables you to do more.
Another important aspect of my job is managing oncological (breast and gynaecological cancer) clients through my manual lymphatic drainage skill set to ensure their speediest recovery after surgery. Supporting clients psychologically and emotionally through their cancer journey is really fulfilling for me.”
This progressive, evidence-based physio in Singapore has three locations: two in the CBD (#01-01A, 137 Telok Ayer Street and #01-100 4 Robinson Road) and one at Orchard (#11-01 The Forum, 583 Orchard Road).
All of Edge Healthcare’s therapists are dedicated to providing personalised care to patients looking to lead pain-free lives. In addition to physiotherapy, the clinic offers a wide range of other services. These include cranial, visceral, pre- and post-natal, and paediatric osteopathy, naturopathic medicine, functional movement assessments, dry needling, and pre- and post-surgery rehabilitation. Additionally, the team offers NAET; this complementary therapy helps desensitise individuals with various allergies or intolerances. So, whether you’re having problems with dizziness or experiencing pelvic floor dysfunctions, these guys have got you covered!
As part of a multidisciplinary team, this physio in Singapore works closely with GPs, sports physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, podiatrists, personal trainers and sports coaches to help achieve the best result for clients.
Hear from Ray McCarthy, Senior Physiotherapist:
“As a physiotherapist, every day is different, as every patient has unique problems. These can range from children with developmental issues to active adults with sports injuries. Ultimately, job satisfaction is by far the best perk as a physiotherapist, as we are continuously guiding and helping people recover and reach their goals.
Getting a detailed understanding of the individual as a whole and how their issue impacts their lives is crucial. Normally, the first session includes a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s condition, formulating a diagnosis and creating a treatment plan with the patient’s input. Follow-up sessions may include a combination of soft-tissue work, joint mobilisation and progressive exercises.”
City Osteopathy & Physiotherapy
This holistic healthcare practice in Singapore has branches in the CBD, Bukit Timah and Novena. City’s experienced team of over 25 practitioners includes osteopaths, physiotherapists, sports massage and lymphatic drainage therapists, and a health and nutrition coach. They all work together to provide care for patients of all ages.
For the initial physiotherapy consultation, a thorough assessment is conducted to determine the underlying factors that may be contributing to the patient’s condition and pain. Following the diagnosis, the physiotherapist discusses the direction of the treatment plan with the patient. Treatment typically involves manual therapy, which can be in the form of soft tissue releases, joint mobilisations or stretch therapy, and exercises. Occasionally, adjuncts such as therapeutic ultrasound or sports taping are utilised as well. The physiotherapist will also prescribe suitable exercises or stretches for patients as part of their home exercise programme.
Hear from physiotherapist Madeline Soh:
“As a physiotherapist, I get to be involved in every step of a patient’s recovery process, and be there to provide the tools and guidance to help them achieve their goals. The satisfaction of seeing my patients recover and get stronger in their recovery process is the part of my job I enjoy most. It also fulfils me when I can share and educate my patients regarding the different approaches towards management and prevention of injuries and pain.”
Taking a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to recovery and sports rehabilitation, this award-winning clinic is part of popular health and fitness brand, UFIT Singapore. The team believes everyone should have access to the same level of professional care as top athletes. Now, with three locations – Club Street (#01-01 21 Club Street), One-North (#01-02 Galaxis Building) and Orchard Central (#06-11) – UFIT Physio and Rehab Clinic offers a wide range of rehab and wellness services including physiotherapy, osteopathy, massage therapy, women’s health, Pilates and nutrition.
UFIT’s team of highly qualified and experienced physiotherapists specialises in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic problems, soft tissue injuries, ligament sprains, muscle tears, joint problems, arthritis and post-surgery rehabilitation. Additionally, they have expertise in back and neck pain, whiplash injury, ergonomic advice, sports-related injuries and injury prevention, and pre-natal care.
Hear from physiotherapist Emily Drakes (13 years of experience):
“As a physiotherapist, I like being a first contact practitioner. I also enjoy the detective work involved in finding the cause of the problem and where I can help. Each session involves a review and update on how things are going; we use objective markers to measure physical progress. Depending on your condition, there may be some ‘hands on’ treatment and a review of your exercise programme. Ultimately, we want to make sure you’re on the right track to getting the pain down, getting back to normal life and achieving your goals.”
Club Street, One-North and Orchard Central
Founded by Bex Aldridge, a top personal trainer and physiotherapist in Singapore, Health2mama offers physiotherapy, personal training, wellness and postpartum recovery services for expectant and new mums. This includes pelvic floor recovery, breastfeeding relief, diastasis recti (abdominal separation) healing, and help with easing back into exercise after pregnancy.
Additionally, Health2mama offers postnatal massage to help with aches and pains from pregnancy, breastfeeding and lifting a baby. Performed by an experienced physiotherapist, the massage uses manual therapy to help cure the cause of your pain, rather than just the pain itself.
All of Health2mama’s trainers are physiotherapists who specialise in seeing mums. This means they’re super experienced in dealing with prenatal and postnatal bodies. And, whether you want to meet at the park or stick with the comfort of your own home, they can come to you, making your life as a busy mama just a bit easier.
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Stride Fitness & Clinic
Lorenzo Basso is a physiotherapist in Singapore who provides physiotherapy, personal training services and sports massage therapy all under one roof at Stride Fitness & Clinic. Taking a holistic approach to health, the clinic’s training and treatment programmes are backed by science and highly individualised to help each client reach his or her goals – whether that be injury rehabilitation, injury prevention, fat loss or sports performance training.
Some of the most common conditions patients come to Stride Fitness & Clinic with include back and neck pain, sciatica, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder labrum tears, knee injuries and ankle sprains. Physiotherapy treatment consists of manual therapy to ease the pain and a customised exercise plan to address any strength or flexibility shortfalls. In addition, patients are advised on how to modify their activities and lifestyles to optimise recovery. This includes nutrition advice, too!
Hear from physiotherapist, Lorenzo Basso (eight years of experience):
“When I played competitive football, I suffered several ankle and back injuries for which I’d see a physiotherapist. During this time, I became interested in human anatomy and physiology; so I decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy to help others recover from injuries. I decided to specialise in resistance training because it’s one of the most science-based treatments with multiple benefits for the body.
As a physio, I enjoy the human interaction involved during each session. How we communicate with patients can make a huge difference in the way a treatment is perceived – ultimately influencing the recovery process.”
Physio Down Under
This physio in Singapore is dedicated to treating a wide range of conditions experienced by women, including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and sexual pain, diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation) and bowel conditions (constipation, faecal incontinence). It also looks at pregnancy and post-natal conditions such as pelvic girdle pain, wrist conditions and blocked milk ducts. Founders Monica Donaldson and Tamara Gerdis combine their physiotherapy experience with evidence-based practice to create individualised treatment plans, with the main focus on their patients’ goals.
Hear from physiotherapists Monica and Tamara (over 30 years of combined experience in women’s health physiotherapy):
“As university graduates in women’s health physiotherapy, we’ve always been passionate about women’s health. We’ve had some excellent mentors and access to world-class women’s health university courses over the years. This, alongside our individual 15 years of women’s health physiotherapy experience, allows us to effectively diagnose and treat what are often extremely personal and distressing conditions for women. We believe every woman should have access to professional care in a safe and supportive environment for these conditions. Additionally, preventative care plays a huge role in what we do. A postnatal check six-to-eight-weeks post-delivery can help guide a woman safely back into exercise and pick up any potential problems early on.”
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