Enjoy golf but hate having to worry about the possible risks and side effects of playing the sport, or suffering from chronic neck pain over the years? From treating sports injuries like slipped discs and knee pain, to rehabilitating spine issues such as scoliosis, we speak to experts specialising in orthopaedic, physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy care about the treatments they offer, popular misconceptions, and what they love about their areas of expertise.
Located at TripleOne Somerset, Genesis Chiropractic offers high-level corrective, preventive and maintenance chiropractic care, as well as in-house posture correction therapies. Treatments are catered to all ages – from babies and children to adults and the elderly – and a variety of needs, including sports injuries, headaches, colic, ear infections, high and low blood pressure, back, neck and limb pain, scoliosis, autism, ADHD, stress, asthma and allergies, pregnancy care and infertility.
Hear from the founder, chiropractor Dr Travis Fisher, who has provided care in Singapore and other parts of South East Asia for the past 10 years:
“Chiropractic care is well-known for its ability to make huge improvements to back pain, neck pain, migraines and headaches. But what some may not realise is how important chiropractic care can be for cultivating a healthy body, and healing and optimising your entire system. Quite simply, when you get your nerves firing better, everything else can fall into place. As a society, we are brought up to assume that there will eventually be a magic pill, lotion or injection to help every ill. The truth is, we already have an amazing system within us for self-healing.
“Watching the transformation in the lives of those who have sought our care and implemented our guidance is more rewarding and fun than I have ever imagined – I’m grateful for the impact it has on my patients’ lives. My evaluations always start with a consultation, followed by a detailed examination and posture analysis. Recommendations are made based on individual unique needs, and certain rehab and posture correction therapies may also be recommended if needed.”
City Osteopathy & Physiotherapy
This holistic healthcare centre has branches at Raffles Place, Bukit Timah and Novena, and a team of trained and experienced osteopaths, physiotherapists and naturopathic doctors, as well as a sports masseuse and a health and performance coach, who work together to provide care for patients of all ages.
Hear from osteopath Victoria Kent, who has 20 years of experience and specialises in cranial osteopathy:
“I love my work as an osteopath, and that’s partly because it’s so varied; anyone suffering with ‘anything’ can walk through my door and, because we treat everyone based on his or her individual needs, every consultation is different. In a single day, I can treat unhappy babies suffering from reflux, neck issues and head shape problems, children with back pain, behavioural issues and ear infections, and adults with pain due to posture, pregnancy or stress. The scope of what cranial osteopathy can treat is huge, as it’s so gentle. My youngest patient was only two hours old and my eldest was a marvellously active 98-year-old former ballerina who was experiencing backaches for the first time.”
Hear from physiotherapist Heidi Maccanti, who has 20 years of experience and specialises in neurological physiotherapy:
“Physiotherapy sessions involve hands-on assessment and treatment techniques, and structured rehabilitation programmes to meet each patient’s individual goals. I think the biggest misconception about physiotherapists is that we only treat sporting injuries when, in fact, our depth of treatment specialties is so much larger – from back and neck injuries, vertigo, stroke and developmental delay to women’s health issues and geriatric rehabilitation, just to name a few.
For those looking to receive care in the comfort of their own homes, Mobile Physio offers just that, bringing portable physiotheraphy services – including geriatric, cardiac, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal neurological, orthopaedic and sports rehab, antenatal and postnatal care, osteoarthritis management programmes, weight management, and fitness and wellness programmes – to patients’ homes and GP clinics.
Hear from co-founder and physiotherapist Khong Bee Bee, who’s been practising there for a decade:
“We are movement therapists, and our job is to make movement in everyday life better for people. The freedom to have a session at the client’s home lets me design a programme that fits very well into their daily life, making it easy to adhere to, and a lot more successful in solving certain problems for them without environmental limitations. For example, if a person has trouble walking from Newton MRT to Novena MRT due to knee pain, Mobile Physio actually gives me the freedom to go for that walk with the client, figure out exactly when and where the problem is, and then design an intervention that can be used while that person is on that walk. All of this reduces the overall time and number of sessions required to get better, and allows the client to empower himself with his own solutions. Watching the journey of a client towards a better quality of life gives me a lot of happiness.”
This award-winning clinic has expertise across a broad spectrum of specialisations, and has treated over 12,000 patients since its opening in 2006. There are five locations for patients to visit across the island – including the CBD, Orchard, East Coast, Jurong and Novena – for services such as physiotherapy, neck and back care, sports therapy, sports massage, post-surgical rehabilitation, women’s health, and corporate health and ergonomics.
Hear from senior physiotherapist Diana Mecklenburg, who has 20 years of experience practising in Switzerland and Singapore:
“Every day in the life of a physiotherapist is different and exciting. For new patients, I will first do an assessment, which includes some questions, and active and passive motions. I will then explain my findings and the causes of their problem or pain. Next, we will set short- and long-terms goals, and discuss the treatment plan, which may include mobilisation, strengthening exercises, dry needling, shockwave therapy and massage. Being able to empower our patients through education is also key. The greatest sense of achievement comes from discharging a patient because they have fully recovered!
One of the biggest misconceptions about physiotherapy is that it is only for injury treatment. The fact is, prevention is a big focus at PhysioActive! Many of the interventions provided through physiotherapy can modify risks and help to prevent injuries and, even falls. A workstation assessment is also recommended for desk-bound workers to prevent and alleviate common work-related musculoskeletal disorders such as lower back pain, sore shoulders, numb wrists, and repetitive strain injuries.”
Liberty Orthopaedic Clinic
Started in 2017 by UK-trained Dr Lee Eu Jin, Liberty Orthopaedic Clinic at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre is dedicated to creating a “patient-centric” experience by finding a suitable treatment plan for each and every patient; after all, “no two problems are alike!” With a sub-specialty in hip and knee surgery, Dr Lee provides care for a variety of bone and joint problems including arthritis of the hip and knee, offering services such as total hip and knee replacements, computer-aided surgery, minimally invasive surgery, customised instruments for joint replacements, arthroscopic keyhole surgery for the hip and knee, ligament reconstruction, meniscus repairs, avascular necrosis treatment of the hip, and cartilage resurfacing for joints.
Hear from founder and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Lee Eu Jin:
“The field of orthopaedic surgery has always fascinated me. It’s a unique mix of medicine, biology, science and engineering all at once. It brings a smile to my face when patients tell me that I am warm and approachable, and the treatment I have done have cured them!
Each session is unique and different. The principles of the first consultation would be to establish an accurate diagnosis. From there, I can then tailor the treatment plan specific to the needs of the individual patient be it with medications, rehabilitation, the use of specialised braces or with surgery.”
Academy of Chiropractic Clinic
Chiropractor Dr William Choi, who has been in practice for 13 years, opened the Academy of Chiropractic Clinic in 2010, and it remains the only chiropractic office in Singapore that practices the Gonstead Method, a unique system in which a thorough analysis of the spine is conducted using five specific criteria – including visualisation, feeling the patient’s spine in both static and dynamic positions, x-ray analysis, and the use of an instrument called a Nervoscope, which can uncover any signs of inflammation – to detect the presence of vertebral subluxation complex (a misalignment of the spinal column that leads to certain symptoms and health problems).
Hear from founder and chiropractor Dr William Choi:
“The Gonstead Method represents the ultimate standard in ‘hands on’ spinal adjusting, and remains the leader in chiropractic techniques. The first examination includes a complete patient history, full spine x-ray analysis and instrumentation of the spinal column; only then will spinal adjustments be made. For me, it’s rewarding to be able to locate the patient’s problem, correct it and watch as the patient improves over time.
Chiropractic is not just for spinal pain or back pain only. It encompasses the whole body, it’s for men, women and children, and it should be a part of your healthy lifestyle.”
Taking a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to recovery and sports rehabilitation, this award-winning clinic – which is part of popular health and fitness brand, UFIT Singapore – believes everyone should have access to the same level of professional care as top athletes. Now, with three locations – Raffles Quay, One-North and Orchard Central – UFIT Clinic offers a wide range of rehab and wellness services including physiotherapy, osteopathy, massage therapy, stretch therapy, women’s health, Pilates and nutrition.
Hear from physiotherapist Nada Khalid, who is also a Muay Thai champion:
“As an athlete myself, I understand the importance of having our bodies move optimally and efficiently. No two people move the same way, so I enjoy putting pieces of the puzzle together to help individuals understand why they’re having trouble with certain movements. Your physiotherapist may modify certain activities in your daily life or your sport. Often, these are strategies to allow for recovery. Your physiotherapist will also be able to conduct assessments to gauge your readiness to return to sport, ensuring that you have a safe return with a decreased injury risk.”
Hear from osteopath Sebastien Bodet, who has been practising for four years:
“A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated and indivisible whole, and contains self-healing mechanisms that can be utilised as part of the treatment. It involves hands-on assessment and treatment techniques – including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance – and rehabilitation programmes to meet each patient’s individual goals. I think the biggest misconception about osteopathy is that we only treat neuromusculoskeletal injuries like neck pain or back pain. Our depth of treatment is so much larger, from headaches, vertigo and digestive issues, to postural problems due to pregnancy, insomnia and more.”
Physio Down Under
Physio Down Under is Singapore’s first dedicated women’s health physiotherapy practice, treating everything from urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and sexual pain to rectus diastasis (abdominal muscle separation), bowel conditions (constipation, faecal incontinence), pregnancy and post-natal conditions such as pelvic girdle pain, wrist conditions and blocked milk ducts. Founders Monica and Tamara combine their physiotherapy experience with evidence -based practice to create individualised treatment plans, with the main focus being on their patients’ goals.
Hear from the Physio Down Under founders, Monica Donaldson and Tamara Gerdis, who have over 30 years of combined experience in women’s health physiotherapy:
“As university graduates in women’s health physiotherapy, we have always been passionate about women’s health. We have been fortunate to have 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 that every woman should be able to have access to professional care in a safe and supportive environment for these conditions. In addition, 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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