As a go-to physiotherapist in Singapore, HelloPhysio founder JENNY HUANG credits the success of running her own physiotherapy clinic to the sport of running. Here, the Singapore physio shares how the sport transformed her life and how she brings her passion into her clinical practice. Plus, she explains the benefits of combining traditional manual therapy with non-invasive techniques like shockwave therapy.
The power of running – a physiotherapist in Singapore tells her story
It was a decade ago when Jenny discovered her love of running. As a single full-time mum dealing with a series of unfortunate life events, running “found” her, she says. It became a constant that kept her going.
“Running gave me the confidence that I needed during a difficult point in my life. There was a peace in the repetition of doing something over and over again, gaining strength and getting faster. Beyond the endorphin highs, I love that it also gives me the strength to continually believe in myself.”
Just a year into running, Jenny became a podium-placing athlete. When she decided to take on a 100-kilometre ultra-marathon just to show her kids “that their mom could finish”, she came home with the first-place trophy!
“I know things in life should be more intrinsically motivated. But it’s rewarding to know that what I did shows my kids that they can accomplish anything they strive for.”
Running a successful physiotherapy clinic in Singapore
In 2019, Jenny showed off yet another feat: successfully launching her own physiotherapy clinic, HelloPhysio. As a top physio in Singapore, the clinic specialises in sports physiotherapy for injury, post-op rehabilitation, and chronic pain management.
Determined to put patients front and centre, Jenny cultivated an experienced team of physiotherapists, Pilates instructors, sports massage therapists and alternative therapists. “I see my role working with patients as a catalyst of healing, and patient care as a team approach,” she says.
As a go-to physiotherapist in Singapore for many athletes, Jenny most commonly sees overuse injuries like shin splints, calf muscle strains, ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis from newer runners. In more seasoned athletes, the Singapore physio says she sees more chronic conditions like Achilles tendonitis.
A winning formula: traditional manual therapy and non-invasive technologies like shockwave therapy
Of course, there’s more that goes into becoming a top physio in Singapore. Fundamental to the the success of HelloPhysio is an integrated approach that combines traditional manual therapy with the latest non-invasive technologies to reach where hands can’t. This includes Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy, INDIBA radiofrequency, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, NovoTHOR Red Light Therapy and LightSpeedLift.
“Technology has come a long way as a modern therapy tool,” says Jenny. Combining the latest technology with expert manual therapy means the HelloPhysio team can address almost any trigger points causing pain.
Shockwave Therapy, for instance, is a non-invasive method that can treat a wide range of conditions without surgery. Shockwave therapy uses low-energy shockwaves to enhance blood circulation and tissue regeneration, ultimately speeding up the healing process.
The ultimate aim
With this winning combination, Jenny says patient outcomes have benefited through the quickened healing effects for both acute and chronic cases.
“Ultimately, our goal is to help quicken healing to get patients back into their daily lives faster. It’s through this evidence-based model of treatment, plus patient empowerment and education, that we help athletes and clients return to pain-free movement.”
In fact, the approach proved so successful that Jenny launched a second clinic, HelloPhysio Rehab, in 2021. This, she says, could meet the growing demand of patients looking to live pain-free.
“Being an entrepreneur is just like running – it’s step by step. Know your immediate steps, but always work to be where you want to be. Be okay with mistakes, but continue to learn about the exciting new world,” she says.
“I think the most important thing is running your own race and muting the noise of what other people want you to be.”
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This article first appeared in the January 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy