Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Chiropractor and a Physiotherapist?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) are fully qualified professionals specializing in the health and alignment of your spine, as well as the overall function of your nervous system. Please refer to next question for more.
They not only help you feel better by restoring your innate ability to heal and maintain yourself, thus reducing pain or problems you are experiencing, but also promote wellness to help you live your life to your full health potential.
This is achieved through chiropractic adjustments, which restore the natural alignment of your spine and improve the function of your nervous system. Adjustments are very specialized procedures, and should only be applied by highly skilled and trained chiropractors.
Doctors of Chiropractic are primary healthcare providers. They are fully qualified to diagnose conditions and trained to refer to the appropriate medical professional when necessary.
A physiotherapist will focus more on strict pain treatment. Physiotherapists will treat the local area of injury using a variety of modalities and techniques, and may help to restore movement or reduce pain.
In Singapore, a 3-year diploma qualification from Nanyang Polytechnic is required to practice as a physiotherapist.
Physiotherapists are not trained to diagnose health conditions. They are basically technicians that follow instructions.
Why are chiropractors known as Doctors of Chiropractic?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) are functional, holistic, wellness-oriented doctors who specialize in improving the health and integrity of the spine and nervous system. A DC is awarded after completion of a 4-year doctorate program, following a 4-year pre-requisite in basic sciences at university level.
All chiropractors are ensured by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower and the Ministry of Health to have valid and qualified degrees from an accredited chiropractic institution.
Read more about Doctor of Chiropractic Qualifications.
Why are spine problems so common?
Subluxation can happen as early as the birth process. Unnatural stresses can be placed on the baby’s spine even during natural birth, but with more people opting for medically induced labor, the severity of the stresses on the spine increases for the new-born.
As we grow up, modern life continues to present multitudes of different stresses, physical and psychological. Daily activities, like sitting for long hours with poor posture, slips and falls, sports activities, car accidents, heavy school bags, chemical irritants; as well as psychological stresses such as, work deadlines, projects, financial worries, can cause stress on the spinal bones to silently and painlessly misalign.
The continued use of smartphones and tablets, which is now so common, even for young children has made spine problems even more prevalent in our community.
But being common, does not mean that it should be normal. Learn about chiropractic, get adjusted, and allow yourself and your family to be protected early to live to your full health potentials.
Read more about Your Spine.
Can children be adjusted?
Yes! In fact, children and babies should be adjusted as they are even more susceptible to spinal problems, because of the high number of traumas they experience during their young lives.
No child is too young for an adjustment, and your Doctor of Chiropractic will often adjust the force required or utilize different techniques as determined most effective for your child.
Read more on how chiropractic can benefit children.
What is the difference between a slipped disc and subluxation?
Subluxation is a primary contributing factor to what we commonly call “slipped disc.”
“Slipped disc” is a disc that may herniate (‘slip’, bulge) and press against a spinal nerve, due to injury, misuse, or degeneration. This trauma may be associated with pain and reduced mobility. In the majority of cases, the body resolves the swelling and absorbs (covers up) the deeper damage to the joint/disc mechanism.
No noticeable signs of damage occur until years later, and may first show up as a decrease in disc space (degeneration) and progress to osteoarthritis damage to the vertebrae.
Unless it is a traumatic injury, it is very likely that the “slipped disc” originated from a subluxation, or misalignment, in the spine. By getting your spine checked by a chiropractor and if found, correcting the subluxation early, can help stop the progression to a “slipped disc” and allow you to live optimally with full vitality.
Read more about slipped disc.
Is it normal to hear “popping” or “cracking” during adjustment?
The sound associated with the chiropractic adjustment is actually not that important.
Sometimes there is a sound and sometimes there is a very effective adjustment delivered, that provides a lot of benefit, with no audible sound whatsoever. The popping sound is due to a change in pressure as the joint is moved in a specific way. There are small pockets of air or bubbles that surrounds the joint, the tissues are stretched during adjustment and the pocket of air “pop” which creates the cracking sound.
We are more concerned with the degree and quality of movement that was achieved with the adjustment. Motion is life; and your spine has be flexibly, stable, and well-aligned in order for you to be healthy.
Read more about chiropractic adjustments.
Reclaim Your Health!
There is no reason to continue dealing and living with pain and health problems. Nor should you live numbing your body further with ineffective, temporary treatments.
Chiropractic has a long track-record of helping people with many types of pain, symptoms, and health challenges.
Schedule a no-obligation spinal checkup to find the cause of your health concerns.
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