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Applying Problem Solving Skills to Chronic Pain

"The idea that patients who appear to improve in the first treatment session will do well longer term is not supported by the literature." Source: Musculoskeletal Science and Practice When it comes to recovery from chronic pain or injury, we have an expectation that we should feel better with each visit. However, research tells us [...]
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Understanding Change: The Hard Recovery vs The Easy Recovery

When it comes to living with chronic pain, most patients are aware that something must change for them to get better. Most people with back pain or neck pain start with changing their posture. When the self-directed intervention doesn't work, they seek the help of professionals such as chiropractors or maybe massage therapists for some [...]
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Understanding the Cost of Chiropractic Treatments: Discount vs Premium

It doesn't make sense for me to talk about my own fees so I invited a few clients to share their thoughts. As I heard them speak, I came to be more and more thankful and grateful for the clients who have been so supportive of my work. It's not easy to build a chiropractic [...]
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Understanding Empowerment: Therapy vs Coaching

Despite the rocky beginning, our client achieved full-symptom resolution with just exercise and education. We teach our clients to finish for their own pain relief. Coaching is our long-term pain solution! Singapore's 1st no-adjustment chiropractor I started as Square One Chiropractic because as a chiropractor that made sense. That was expected of me. Then I [...]
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Understanding Words: Positive vs Negative Self-Talk

Our client talks about mindset shift. How becoming aware of his negative self-talk led him to a whooping 95% improvement in symptoms just within four weeks of online coaching. I am moving towards what I consider high value content. By that I mean things that are actionable that you can implement in your daily life. [...]
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Understanding Load Management: Exercise vs Rest

The emphasis is always on keeping active and avoiding complete rest even in times of chronic pain or injury. Retrospectively, I now realise that that is not enough for you to make sense of what to do. We'll look at load management today to give you an idea of how keeping active in spite of [...]
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Understanding Mindfulness For Chronic Pain: A Neuroscience Perspective

If you are hard-science person considering mindfulness practice as a pain management strategy, this is for you. With research around neuroscience behind chronic pain and mindfulness practice, I hope to answer to questions from an evidence-based perspective. What is chronic pain? What is mindfulness? How to manage pain? How does pain make people change their [...]
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Understanding Knee Arthritis: Damage vs Pain

It's National Arthritis Week over in Ireland and I absolutely love their theme for this year: Every Movement Matters. It's really on point because people with arthritis tend to be afraid of moving or exercising. For everyone else, it's a good reminder that we should continue to stay active despite the COVID-19 lockdown around the [...]
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Understanding Value: How to Choose a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist

I recently published two blog posts: one to help you 'zhng' up your new year recovery and another to help you determine if you are ready to start living pain-free. That may not be enough help for some of you. You may be looking for professional physiotherapy or chiropractic to guide you through recovery. This [...]
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Understanding Recovery: How to “Zhng” Your Life

With the new DECADE only hours away, everyone is scrambling to write new year resolutions to kick off with the right foot. Today, we share with you seven must-learn lessons to help 'zhng' the new decade for a more holistic, less-painful life.  *Zhng: Singlish, Hokkien to mean modify or upgrade #1 The power of now, [...]
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Understanding Science: Six Things An Orthopaedic Surgeon of 20 Years Experience Got Wrong

I was researching back pain treatment options in Singapore and I came across two articles written by an orthopedic surgeon. The articles were positioned to be evidence-based and authoritative. However, I realised the content was not congruent with the latest research. This is a long, heavy read. As usual, I included many, many (in-text) references [...]