You probably never heard of our Dynamic Functional Alignment program. This is because my best friend, Michael Beere, and I developed it. We were sick of people not getting better. We were frustrated at healthcare providers offering sub-par care. We felt we could do more to help people get out of pain.

What is Dynamic Functional Alignment?

Dynamic Functional Alignment is a one-of-a-kind, functional approach to treating musculoskeletal complaints through the optimisation of your alignment, mobility, movement, and strength. It is designed to look at you as a whole and to address the factors causing your pain. We work with more than just your pain itself to give you the results you have been looking for.

The problem with musculoskeletal care is that most patients are just not getting better. Why? Because chiropractors, physiotherapists, and other health professionals are doing the same thing over and over again to different people with similar problems. The assumption that if chiropractic adjustments work for A’s back pain and therefore will work for B’s back pain is flawed. We are all unique individuals with our different issues that need addressing.

Customised pain solutions

Dynamic Functional Alignment is – as the name suggest – dynamic. We don’t do the same thing to everyone who walks through the door! Our approach is about getting to understand you better as a person and address what is causing your symptoms one (or a few) at a time. This means you may get a chiropractic adjustment (or none at all) or dry needling, or maybe a customised prescribed exercise program to get you where YOU want to be.

We don’t only get results. We get measurable and tangible results.

The traditional chiropractic model is about maximising profits

If you have been to a traditional chiropractic clinic before, you’d know what I’m talking about. They usually operate in an open space with a couple of chiropractic tables and a number of seating spots for patients waiting for their turn. When your turn is up, you lay on the table and the chiropractor does a series of adjustments on you and send you your way. The whole process is over in five minutes. Everyone gets the same treatment regardless of who you are or what your complaint is. It is so well-accepted in the chiropractic industry that it has been nicknamed “the flying sevens”.

Because of the profit optimisation and the sheer volume of patients they can service, successful chiropractor can see up to 300 patients a week! Sounds like a pretty good business model to me!

Needless to say, this is done at the expense of your health. The quality of care provided is low and patients are unlikely to get better.

Static vs. Functional Alignment

Researchers found no relationship between “poor” neck posture and neck pain.

We often look at posture and alignment as causes of pain but can they cause pain?

A 2018 study looking at neck pain found that there is no association between neck posture and neck pain. According to the authors, the increasing prevalence of neck pain is not related to mobile phone use. This supports our belief that poor posture is more of a marketing gimmick!

So what exactly is functional alignment? In functional alignment, we never look at your body when you are lying down on the table or standing up straight. Instead, we evaluate how your body works when you are doing certain movements such as sitting-to-standing, squatting, jumping, etc. We look at how your body reacts to load and stressors. We look at what aggravates your pain.

With this information, we are able to form patterns about how your symptoms behave and create a pain solution that will help you get long-term results.

Disrupting the chiropractic and physiotherapy industry

Have you gone to a physiotherapist or a massage therapist where you told them your calf hurts? They would proceed to rub it out and stretch it a little. Before you leave, you get an exercise sheet (the same sheet everyone with calf pain receives) for home exercise. Did it work?

Maybe. Unlikely.

This is why we are relentless at trying to find out what causes your symptoms and what makes it better or worse. It may feel like a waste of time but I promise it is time well-spent.

It is not just making you exercise. It’s about understanding your body as a whole to get you what truly matters to you. You deserve a customised pain solution.

Finding a good chiropractor or physiotherapist in Singapore

Finding a good musculoskeletal healthcare provider is challenging. However, the question really shouldn’t be if chiropractic or physiotherapy is better. The truth is the scope of practice for both professions are similar. You get both the good and the bad within both professions!

There is no absolute way of knowing what you are getting into without experiencing it yourself but we have a few recommendations of what you can do:

  1. Know what you want to achieve from seeking care – playing the violin without pain? Return to sports? Being able to sit pain-free at work? If you don’t have a goal, you can’t know if you are getting better!
  2. Research! Ask for referrals, look on Google. Find out as much as you can about them. Do they have good reviews on Google? The written reviews will tell you a lot about how a provider practises.
  3. Call them up – are they open and transparent with their business practices? Remember the bad review you found on Google? Ask them what happened. Be mindful that the reviewer’s right to privacy should triumph a clinic’s desire to close you as a patient. Also, ask about their fee structureBeing secretive about their fees is a big telltale sign.p.s. Don’t expect them to provide clinical advice though. It is unethical to do so without an assessment.

Talk to us! We promise to help you as much as possible to find you the healthcare professional you are looking for – even if it is not us. We understand you have your preferences and we are committed to helping you make the best informed decision.