I started this blog to offer evidence-based chiropractic content so people could make informed-decisions about their pain treatment.

It has since grown to include other topics, in over 200 posts, to provide a true biopsychosocial, whole-person approach to helping you find freedom from pain.

I’ll like to thank the support of my readers — all 10,000 of you — who have helped this site grow to become the most read chiropractic/physiotherapy blog in Singapore.

To facilitate your reading experience, I am compiling an essential reading list. If you prefer, you can scroll down to access the blog in reverse chronological order (newest entries first).

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Understanding Ground Movements: Animal Flow and MovNat

A quick search on any journal databases will reveal strong evidence supporting the benefits of exercising. While virtually everyone will agree is good for you -- from reducing pain to improving longevity and quality of life -- there is little clarity on the type of exercises we should performing for maximum health value. Many “professionals” [...]
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Understanding FMS: The Ultimate Functional Movement Screen?

If you have been shopping around for a personal trainer or a physiotherapist, you may have come across trainers who are FMS certified. FMS stands for Functional Movement Screen - one of the functional movement tools developed by acclaimed physiotherapist Gray Cook. With all the fluff around functional movement, what exactly is a functional movement [...]
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The truth behind a chiropractic adjustment (2020 edition)

Chiropractic adjustment is one of the greatest mystery in chiropractic care. With some chiropractors claiming that regular adjustments can improve your spine alignment and therefore general health, I decided to present you with the hard science about the benefits of spinal adjustments so you make your own conclusion. In this blog post, I will discuss: [...]
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Paracetamol and NSAIDs do more harm than good (NICE Guidelines, 2020)

Last night, an acquaintance from Oxford said to me, "You seem to store a lot of faith in academia." Yes, I do. I do put a lot of faith in science and research because I think it is the best way to understand problems and, more importantly, to find solutions. You would be totally right [...]
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Understanding Placebo: Does knee surgery work?

When patients feel better after a treatment, they naturally think it's because the treatment they received is working. They are en route to recovery. This is simply not true. We could argue all day about this but I am not going to. The research on this is clear -- feeling better (i.e. less pain, improve [...]
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McKenzie Exercises: Are they the best?

This study was published two days ago in Journal of Physiotherapy and its misleading title 100% offends me. To give a little of a background, the study looked at 262 participants. Out of which 133 of them saw a physiotherapist twice for McKenzie-based self-management exercise and education programme. The researchers then conducted follow ups with [...]
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The Ultimate “Slipped Disc” Guide (2020 edition)

When it comes to "slipped disc", there's way too much broscience and marketing fluff going around. You would have heard people saying that slipped disc occurs when you don't lift a heavy object with "good" form. You may have seen a doctor or orthopaedic surgeon who might have told you that you wouldn't squat again. [...]
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Ultimate Guide to Knee Osteoarthritis and Hip Osteoarthritis (2020 Edition)

There are only 22 clinical guidelines in Singapore that are available to the public. It is unsure if there are other guidelines available to medical doctors only. If so, Singapore has a long way to go in moving away from authoritative, doctor-centred care to embracing patient-centred care. We have an ageing population here in Singapore [...]
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Do you need a spine x-ray before starting chiropractic treatment?

In Singapore, most chiropractors require you to have an x-ray before you can start treatment. It's such a common occurrence that you can probably pick up multiple instances of such complaints on Google if you do a little quick search: Source: Reddit   Source: Singapore Expats Forum It is so prevalent that when UFIT Clinic [...]
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WTF? Can you F*** your pain away?

Research is not always boring okay? A paper published in April this year found swearing “fuck” to improve pain threshold and pain tolerance by over 30%! Interestingly enough, using words such as “fouch” and “twizpipe” to have NO influence on both pain threshold and pain tolerance. On the surface, this paper sounds like a joke […]

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Exercise may PREVENT degeneration of your lumbar spine

Even though majority of Singaporeans would understand that regular exercise is good for them, there is still a common misunderstanding that exercise could potentially lead to degeneration. Most of us would know some one with back pain, neck pain, or even knee pain who has been told that they have degeneration in their joints. This [...]
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Understanding self-efficacy: how to believe you can

There's so much research being published this year to talk about the softer aspects of treatment when it comes to effective pain management. From the words you choose to say to yourself to what you choose to believe, studies are repeatedly showing that non-physical aspects of treatments can make a difference to your pain experience. [...]