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A Comprehensive Guide To Orchard Health Clinics Chiropractic Care | Orchard Health Clinic

PART 1 – INTRODUCTION

Health and well-being are paramount concerns for those seeking a balanced and fulfilling life. However, in our fast-paced modern world, our hectic lives can cause us to lose sight of this goal, leading to lower back pain and other ailments. Those struggling with these health issues may seek a holistic and non-invasive path to wellness. 

Enter chiropractic care! A healthcare discipline focusing on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system and how this impacts the restoration and maintenance of our health. Our chiropractors can help eliminate nerve compression and irritation, thus aiding the nervous system and stimulating the body’s innate ability to heal itself. 

As someone unfamiliar with chiropractic care, you will likely have several queries about this treatment, primarily, “What are the conditions a chiropractor can treat?” and “When should I see a chiropractor?”. These are valid questions and ones we can help answer. Let us share everything you should know about our chiropractic care in Singapore.

PART 2 – UNDERSTANDING CHIROPRACTIC CARE

2.1. What Is Chiropractic Care?

To understand whether chiropractic care is for you, let us first establish basic knowledge about this treatment. At its core, chiropractic care is a natural and drug-free healthcare discipline concerned with diagnosing, treating, and preventing disorders arising from the neuromusculoskeletal system, as well as the effects of these ailments on general health.

Rooted in the belief that wellness stems from a harmonious connection between the body and the mind, chiropractic care addresses the root cause of ailments rather than simply treating the symptoms. Our chiropractors believe these disorders are caused by misalignments or subluxations in the spine, thus disrupting the nervous system and causing a myriad of health issues. 

To resolve these conditions, we will usually emphasise manual techniques, including joint adjustment and spinal manipulation, with a particular focus on the subluxation to realign the spine, restore balance, and stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself. However, manual manipulations are not the only form of treatment we offer at our chiropractic clinic.

Our chiropractors will also employ a multi-modal approach to treating your body, offering pain relief and allowing you to lead a healthy life. That involves assessing your lifestyle through a series of questions involving your occupation type, exercise routines, and more. With this information, our chiropractors can help you identify unhealthy habits and provide practical advice to deal with them. They can also offer ergonomic tips on improving diet, posture, and footwear to optimise your well-being.

2.2. What Can Our Chiropractors Treat?

What Can Our Chiropractors Treat? | Orchard Health Clinic

 

Contrary to popular belief, chiropractors do not solely treat back pain. The scope of our chiropractic care is much more comprehensive, often serving as a gateway to overall well-being. Our chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat a diverse range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Here is a glimpse of the common ailments we can help treat:

  • Ankle and Knee pain
  • Back, hip, and pelvic pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Headache and migraine symptoms
  • Jaw pain (TMJ disorder)
  • Muscle Tension
  • Neck pain and whiplash
  • Poor posture
  • Pregnancy & Postnatal Care
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Slipped disc
  • Sports and accident-related injuries

2.3. Understanding Our Chiropractors’ Techniques

Understanding Our Chiropractors’ Techniques | Orchard Health Clinic

Theoretically, the body possesses an inherent ability to heal itself without surgery or medication, provided the musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, is properly aligned. Hence our chiropractors often utilise a hands-on spinal manipulation approach and other methods to address specific health concerns and restore balance, mobility, and vitality to the body. Learn more about the intricacies of our chiropractic techniques so that you can make informed choices about your health and well-being.

1. Spinal Adjustment and Manipulation

Among the cornerstones of chiropractic care lies the art of spinal adjustments or manipulations. This technique is performed manually, requiring the skilled application of precise, controlled force to adjust misaligned vertebrae in the spine. This action helps optimise well-being by improving nervous system function and enhancing the body’s ability to heal itself.

The goal is to enhance overall alignment and allow your joint to return to its natural range of motion, thus alleviating the pressure on nerves and restoring the body’s natural energy flow. As a result, you may notice pain relief for your back or neck pain, as well as improvements to your overall health after treatment.

2. Spinal Mobilisation

In contrast to spinal manipulations, which utilise quick, controlled thrusts, spinal mobilisation employs slower movements, emphasising gentler, rhythmic approaches to stretch and mobilise the joints in the spine. However, the goal remains identical – to restore and improve joint movement and aid body realignment.

This technique is preferable for patients sensitive to more intense adjustments or those with specific health conditions requiring a subtler approach. Our chiropractors may also opt for spinal mobilisation over spinal manipulation if the patient experiences severe pain.

3. Spinal Decompression

Our chiropractors may recommend spinal decompression for individuals with spinal disc problems, such as herniated discs and slipped discs. Patients receiving this treatment will generally lie on a treatment bed to allow the lumbar spine to stretch gently and relax.

The stretching of the lower spine helps realign herniated or slipped discs, manually returning them to their original position, thus relieving pressure on nerves and alleviating pain. Besides slipped discs, spinal decompression is also recommended for those with chronic upper and lower back stiffness or back pain.

4. Traction

Traction, a technique akin to spinal decompression, can be applied manually or through specialised equipment and is often used in conjunction with other chiropractic treatments to optimise results. It involves using controlled, steady force to elongate and stretch the spine, thus reducing pressure on compressed nerves, relieving muscle tension, and improving spinal alignment.

5. Activator Method

Patients who prefer a gentle alternative to conventional manual adjustments can consult our chiropractors to determine if the Activator method is suitable for their condition. This technique is usually performed with the patient lying or sitting in a relaxed position and utilises a small, handheld instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument, which delivers low-force impulses to specific points along the spine to restore optimal motion.

This pulsing force helps adjust misaligned vertebrae without the need for forceful movements, making it beneficial for those with acute pain, elderly patients, or those who prefer a more delicate approach to chiropractic care. This method is primarily used to locate and treat neck and back pain, as well as headache and migraine symptoms.

6. Graston Technique

The Graston technique may represent a suitable form of chiropractic care for individuals seeking relief from soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. With the aid of stainless steel instruments, our chiropractors will perform a form of manual therapy known as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM) to manipulate and scrape at the skin, breaking up scar tissues in the affected areas. This action helps foster tissue repair and regeneration, promoting pain relief and restoring range of motion.

7. Sacro-Occipital Technique

Rooted in the intricate relationship between the sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of the spine) and the occiput (the back of the skull), the Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) focuses on restoring balance within the body’s craniosacral system. In addition to SOT, our chiropractors may recommend a blend of chiropractic adjustments, blocks, and wedges to address imbalances and improve cerebrospinal fluid flow. 

From the spinal adjustments that realign the body’s foundation to the precise instruments used in advanced methods, each technique offers a unique pathway to healing and is suitable for different conditions. We recommend consulting with our qualified chiropractors, who can guide you towards the ideal treatment method to restore balance and vitality to your body.

However, chiropractic care is most effective when paired with proper exercise and nutrition. Beyond chiropractic pain relief treatments, we will provide suggestions on how you can enhance your recovery at home, as well as assess your diet and recommend suitable changes to your dietary habits, empowering you to lead a life of optimal wellness.

PART 3 – WHY YOU SHOULD SEEK CHIROPRACTIC CARE AT ORCHARD HEALTH CLINIC

3.1. Why You Should Visit Our Chiropractors

Why You Should Visit Our Chiropractors | Orchard Health Clinic

In the pursuit of holistic well-being, finding a chiropractor that prioritises your health and respects your individual needs is essential. However, identifying one you can trust to attend to your physical health is understandably challenging, given the various chiropractic clinics in Singapore

So why should you choose Orchard Health Clinic? That is because we take pride in fostering an environment of trust, expertise, and comprehensive care. Rest assured that our priority is getting to the root cause of your health problems rather than addressing your ailment symptom by symptom as they emerge. Here is what you can expect the moment you step through our doors.

Reason #1: We are a patient-centric clinic

At Orchard Health Clinic, we believe that patient care begins with genuine understanding and tailored solutions. During your consultation with our chiropractors, we focus on assessing your issues and advising you accordingly. From your first consultation to the final step of your treatment plan, we will guide you through every step of your healing journey, empowering you with knowledge and choices that align with your health goals. We also aim to foster open communication, ensuring that you remain an active participant in your path to well-being.

Reason #2: We have a team of qualified chiropractors

While chiropractors are not regulated by the Ministry of Health (MOH), candidates must still undergo rigorous education and obtain the relevant degree and qualification before becoming certified chiropractors.

Our chiropractic clinic takes significant pride in having a team of dedicated professionals with extensive training and proper accreditations. Our chiropractors must undergo a stringent recruitment process to ensure their competence and expertise in the field before being hired.

Moreover, we believe that learning never stops. Once our chiropractors are part of the team, they are expected to engage in continuous learning and stay updated on the latest advancements in chiropractic care. Any complex cases handled by the team are discussed with our experienced Clinic Director to formulate a suitable treatment plan. These requirements ensure that our team can continue to deliver quality care to our valued patients.

Additionally, our chiropractors must undergo a minimum of 104 hours of CPD throughout their employment at Orchard Health Clinic and complete a minimum of 48 pro-bono hours per Calendar Year as our way of giving back to society. We believe these requirements are necessary to shape our chiropractors for the better, ensuring they are better equipped to help treat our patients.

Reason #3: We offer a comprehensive range of treatments

At Orchard Health Clinic, we understand that every patient has unique needs. As such, our chiropractic clinic offers a comprehensive range of treatments designed to address diverse health concerns. Whether you seek relief from chronic pain, sports-related injuries, or stress-induced tension, our chiropractors will take an integrative approach to curate a personalised treatment plan that suits your needs.

3.2. When Should You Visit Our Chiropractors?

When Should You Visit Our Chiropractors? | Orchard Health Clinic

As you can see, there are various valid reasons to consider Orchard Health Clinic. However, one question remains: when should you visit our chiropractors? The best piece of advice is to listen to your body. Your body often communicates in subtle ways, alerting you to potential imbalances and ailments. When these signs persist, it is time to seek professional help.

Sign #1: You experience constant headaches

Frequent headaches can be debilitating, impacting your ability to focus, work, and enjoy life fully. However, pinpointing the exact trigger of your headache can be challenging, as there can be multiple causes for the ailment. One possible explanation is that your headaches are linked to issues with the spine, particularly in the neck and upper back regions. 

In such instances, it might be beneficial to consult our chiropractors. As headache specialists, they understand how to relieve headache symptoms effectively and can offer long-term solutions to recurring episodes. Treatments may involve gentle adjustments to realign the spine, improve blood flow, and increase the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain, thus alleviating discomfort.

Sign #2: Your occupation confines you to a desk

A sedentary lifestyle is often the cause of poor posture, resulting in unwanted pressure on the upper back, neck, and shoulders. That can cause the discs or bones to shift, leading to disorders such as a slipped or herniated disc or spinal misalignment. So if your job requires you to sit for prolonged periods, especially hunched over a keyboard, you could experience neck strain, back pain, or discomfort in your shoulders. 

Visiting our chiropractors can ensure your spine is aligned correctly, minimising the risk of future problems surfacing. We can guide you through several exercises and stretches to promote spinal health and counteract the adverse effects of prolonged sitting. You can also expect to receive tips from our specialists to improve workplace ergonomics and maintain a healthy posture.

Sign #3: You have a limited range of motion

Stiffness, inflexibility, and restricted movements often indicate underlying musculoskeletal issues. So if you discover that you are not moving as freely as you used to, it is a good indication that you need to visit a specialist. Our chiropractors can assess your joint function and mobility to identify areas of concern. Subsequently, they can recommend appropriate treatments to restore proper joint function and enhance your range of motion, helping your body function optimally.

Sign #4: You feel a sharp, shooting pain in your legs

If you experience a sharp, shooting pain in your legs, or tingling and weakness, it could be a sign of sciatica or a slipped disc. Our chiropractors can conduct a thorough examination to diagnose the source of the pain and develop a customised treatment plan to alleviate symptoms before your condition worsens.

Learn More: How A Chiropractor Can Help With Your Sciatica

Sign #5: You have chronic joint, back, or muscle pain

Like headaches, chronic pain in your joints, back, or muscles can be debilitating, affecting your daily life and well-being. So if you are battling discomfort frequently, seeking chiropractic care may be the answer. Our chiropractors are trained to diagnose and address the root cause of your pain rather than mask the symptoms, providing pain relief without the need for invasive surgery or medications.

Sign #6: The soles of your shoes wear out differently

Did you know that the way your shoes wear out can offer valuable insights into your body’s alignment? Uneven wear patterns often signify that your body is out of alignment and should be adjusted. It could also indicate that you have a subluxation in the spine. If these problems are left unaddressed, they could become a chronic issue. Therefore, you should address these concerns early by visiting our chiropractors. They can prevent further complications and help you maintain optimal musculoskeletal health.

PART 4 – FAQs ABOUT OUR CHIROPRACTIC CARE

We hope what we shared has given you a better idea of what to expect from the chiropractic care offered by Orchard Health Clinic. Nevertheless, we understand you may have several lingering questions left unaddressed in our guide. So let us compile the common queries we receive from our patients and our responses to them.

Question #1: Are chiropractic treatments safe for me?

Rest assured that our chiropractic treatments are safe and suitable for all ages, including newborns, pregnant women (after the first trimester), the elderly, and sports enthusiasts. Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic care does not always involve getting your back ‘cracked’. Our chiropractors will assess your situation to determine the best treatment approach.

Of course, spinal adjustments remain a significant part of chiropractic care. However, treatments also comprise various ways to manage your condition. For example, our chiropractors may recommend mobilisation or corrective exercises to address sports injuries. Lifestyle changes can also impact the road to recovery, so our chiropractors may offer dietary or ergonomic advice to help maintain your health.

Question #2: Do chiropractic treatments carry any risks or side effects?

Chiropractic care is perfectly safe when administered by a trained professional, such as our chiropractors at Orchard Health Clinic. With that said, all treatments carry an element of risk. Hence, a thorough examination of the patient is crucial before any treatment is carried out to ensure they are suitable for chiropractic care. 

Those who undergo chiropractic adjustments may experience minor side effects, like fatigue or pain in the affected body areas. Rest assured that these side effects will subside after a few days. However, please consult with us immediately if the discomfort persists.

Question #3: What can I expect during my chiropractic treatment?

During your first consultation, our chiropractors will sit down with you to assess your condition and understand your health history. Subsequently, we will perform a chiropractic assessment to identify potential issues. Based on the information obtained, our chiropractors will discuss your options with you and decide on the best approach to administer treatment.

Question #4: Will I notice improvements to my condition after treatment?

Generally, patients may notice improvements to their condition after the first few treatment sessions. However, please note that this is on a case-by-case basis, and not everyone will experience the same effects. Various factors, such as the severity of your condition and the frequency of treatment, can affect how your body responds to the treatment. Some may take weeks or months to see significant improvements. 

Patients who are more consistent with their treatments will usually experience better results. Our chiropractors will advise you on the frequency of your treatment sessions based on your condition. Once we notice significant improvements, we may suggest spacing out the treatments for maintenance.

PART 5 – CONCLUSION

Quality chiropractic care can have an impact on your overall well-being. Besides, you need not visit a chiropractor only when you experience pain or discomfort. Chiropractic care can also help maintain your health before you develop symptoms. We recommend choosing a suitable chiropractor who can provide credible advice and prioritises your well-being above all else.

Fortunately, you need not search far. At Orchard Health Clinic, we pride ourselves on cultivating an environment of trust, compassion, and expertise. Whether you seek pain relief for your condition or a holistic approach to wellness, our chiropractic clinic stands ready to help you achieve a healthier, pain-free life. Contact us to schedule a consultation with our chiropractors today.

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