Most people think seeing a chiropractor in Singapore is expensive because you have to keep coming back.

What if I told you that that is a lie?

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“Chiropractor Singapore” is one of the most searched phrases on Google. It comes as no surprise as chiropractic treatments work wonders not only for lower back pain, neck and shoulder aches pains, but also for conditions such as “wear and tear” knee pain. This is why chiropractors are gaining popularity among Singaporeans!

Trust me, I know how frustrating looking for a chiropractor can be for you. When I was looking for a chiropractor for my father back in 2015, I remembered calling over ten chiropractic clinics in Singapore to ask for their fees. All the phone conversations ended badly. Not only did their websites not have a clear fee structure of any kind, the receptionists were not able to advise on the costs involved as well. “It depends on the doctor’s findings during your first visit”, was all they could tell me.

As a chiropractor who has worked with the everyday officer worker to the C-suite executives (and international sports athletes), I realised there are many misconceptions about what chiropractic care is about. For example:

In addressing these issues, I hope to share some of the industry insights, both as a chiropractor and as a patient, so that you can find your own freedom from pain.

“I’ve tried multiple sports injury management methods ranging from sports massage to physiotherapy but to no avail. These methods provided me with short-term relief to my injury and failed to solve the root cause of the problem. Hence, the pain keeps coming back whenever I push my body to its limit.
Today marks my 3rd session with Jesse. I’m pleased to say that after merely 3 sessions with him, I am already able to do weighted squats with NO knee pain.”
Kingsley Tay
National Volleyball Athlete
29 April 2019, Instagram

Read more about our management of Kingsley Tay’s Achilles Tendinopathy.

Is chiropractor a doctor?

A chiropractor, or doctor of chiropractic, is a health care provider who is trained to diagnose and treat joint and muscles disorders. Contrary to popular belief, chiropractors do not work with bones.

Chiropractors are NOT medical doctors or orthopaedic doctors.

Traditional vs. modern chiropractors

Not all chiropractors are the same. Traditional chiropractors – known also as “straight” chiropractors – believe they can correct “subluxations” or misalignment in the spine with chiropractic adjustments. According to them, spinal misalignment disrupts the nervous system and correction of the “subluxations” will give better health.

However, there is no evidence to support this approach to care.

On the other hand, modern chiropractors apply the latest research in their treatments. We move follow an evidence-based approach and utilise the best treatments to help you achieve faster recovery.

When it comes to managing lower back pain, advice, education, and exercise the #1 treatment (The Lancet, 2018).

Choosing the best chiropractor in Singapore

Needless to say, we think we are the best chiropractor in Singapore. Of course asking you to believe that will be a hard sell. So we have put together a list of what to look for to determine who is the best chiropractor.

Good values: ethical and community-first
Good tribe: testimonials, good word-of-mouth
Good content: data driven, no broscience and no marketing fluff
Good clinical process: evidence-based practice
Good business practice: no hard selling, no packages
Good results: over 80% achieve full recovery in 4 to 7 visits

Read more: Here’s how you choose a good chiropractor or physiotherapist in Singapore

How much does a chiropractor charge per session?

Chiropractic packages in Singapore can cost up to $4,320. Average spend per client at Square One Active Recovery is between $955 to $1,630.

A screenshot of ‘initial chiropractic care package for adults’ has been removed at the request of its owner.

Source: How much does it cost to see a Chiropractor in Singapore? | Light Chiropractic

The cost of seeing a chiropractor in Singapore can start from as little as $18 to $280. The average cost typically ranges between $80 to $120 depending on the number of sessions purchased. As accurately pointed out by Light Chiropractic’s article on ‘Chiropractic Fees & Cost in Singapore’, the total fee for chiropractic treatment plan is dependent on the package and type of services rendered.

While chiropractic packages in Singapore can cost up to thousands of dollars, the average spend per client at Square One Active Recovery is between $955 to $1,630.

You would probably know someone who have had a difficult time dealing with a chiropractor.

A quick search of the Internet will bring up multiple horror stories of chiropractors using fear-mongering tactics (The Straits Times) to sign clueless patients up for chiropractic packages. These encounters usually start with a cheap chiropractic promotion and end up a often expensive and unnecessary package. Some clinics even offer 90-session packages!

We are honest and transparent about our fees at Square One. For price comparison, we included a chiropractor Singapore price table to show how we charge relative to our chiropractic competitors in Singapore.

Read more: The Chiropractic Adjustment – Seven Hard Truths You Want To Know

  • Do not be pressured into signing a contract without understanding fully what the contract or treatment entails
  • Exerting undue pressure on a consumer to enter into a transaction is an unfair practice under the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) AcT
  • The consumer can simply leave if he or she feels pressured to sign up
  • Check the chiropractic association’s website for a list of qualified chiropractors who have agreed to adhere to its code of ethics

Square One Active Recovery

First visit: $280
Follow ups: $225

Singapore Pain Solutions

First visit: $165
Follow ups: $90

Light Chiropractic

First Visit: $190
Follow up: $130

Healing Hands Chiropractic

First Visit: Unavailable
Follow up: Unavailable

Square One Active Recovery does indeed charge a higher fee than our competitors and for good reason – over 80% of our clients achieve full recovery in 4 to 7 visits! We do not hard-sell or tie you down with packages.

Because we charge what we consider to be a fair fee, we are not enticed to over-service you.

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Up to 95% off! You can get a osteo-chiropractic adjustment for just $18. If you want a discount, you know where to go. Source: Fave

I am not joking when I say some of our competitors are MORE THAN TEN TIMES CHEAPER than us. While other chiropractors compete on price, I don’t. In fact, we have a firm no-discount policy because we believe you should choose us based on our excellent quality of care.

How much is chiropractic treatment in Singapore?

Our clients spend an average of $955 to $1,630 with us while other chiropractic clinics have been known to charge upwards of $5000 for a chiropractic package.

(This means we make less money than almost all our competitors. We are willing to do this because we are honest and we prioritise your recovery over our profits.)

p.s. we are unable to find the fee structure for the bigger chiropractic chains such as Chiropractic First, Natural Healings, or True Chiropractic.

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Singapore #1 Tennis Player Roy Hobbs seeking treatment for his shoulder pain with chiropractor Jesse Cai

“I play tennis as a profession, and was having really bad lower back pain, that made me pull out of some tournaments. I bed Jesse and he not only got the lower back pains to stop, but we kept working on improving other parts to help me play better (loosened up my shoulder). Now I can play pain free and my serve has improved.”
Roy Hobbs
Singapore #1 National Tennis Athlete
25 March 2018, Google Reviews

Remember, cheap chiropractors are NOT always cheaper!

The Allure of Cheap Chiropractors

You may consider our competitors over us because they are cheaper. And indeed, they often are! You can find discount chiropractors on Fave (previously Groupon) for as little as $9 per session!

“Affordable” and cheap care, at the expense of a quality and meaningful therapeutic relationship, is their selling point!

You have to do your homework and your due diligence. Find out how much chiropractor Singapore cost. We are going to guess your chiropractic experience with discount chiropractors will be no less unpleasant than the ones I had back in the day.

Cheap chiropractors in Singapore offer steep promotion (up to 94% on Fave, believe it or not) for an opportunity to sell you a package that will easily cost you thousands of dollars.

Most chiropractors in Singapore are also remunerated on a sales-based commission model. Not results! There is no incentive to help you get better, faster. Their relationship with you ends the moment you commit – on pen and paper – to their package. From that moment on, you become one of the many bodies that pass through their clinic each day.

You have been warned. Make sure you ask those questions before moving ahead. Based on their responses, you should be able to gauge if they are indeed the right place for you.

Believe it or not, we have a money-back guarantee at Square One. Because you come first. Always.

Read more: Four Things Your Chiropractor Doesn’t Want You To Know

Research-based chiropractic treatments

Square One Active Recovery

Evidence-based Approach

Exercise, advice, and education

Singapore Pain Solutions

Traditional Subluxation Model

Mostly passive care

Light Chiropractic

Traditional Subluxation Model

Mostly passive care*

Healing Hands Chiropractic

Traditional Subluxation Model

Mostly passive care

We are tooting our own horn here but Square One offers the highest value.

Instead of helping you feel better with chiropractic adjustments (i.e. dependent on us to feel better), we teach you to “fish” for your own pain relief.

This means you are 100% not dependent on us and you don’t have to keep coming back!

*Dr Theo from Light Chiropractic has informed us he also offer lots of free advice and do free workshops for the public in my office. Do check them out!

p.s. We are not affiliated to Dr Theo or Light Chiropractic.

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“You’d have thought going to a chiropractor would mean getting every inch of your body cracked and then walking out the door with a temporarily sated body. (But Thai masseuses are not chiropractors!)
Jesse bumps that up by making sure you leave with the knowledge of where and what went wrong with your body. He doesn’t stop there because you’d be taught mini exercises until you see him next. Yes, they help tremendously in recovery if you have the discipline! Without a doubt, Jesse is obviously well informed in his craft and you’d definitely understand why he trumps the “crack-and-go’s”.”
Clare Yau
Founder of Ryders Singapore
18 May 2018, Google Reviews

How often should you get a chiropractic adjustment?

Do you know over 80% of our clients leave our care within 4 to 7 visits? Doesn’t matter if it’s neck pain, shoulder pain, or knee pain. We are about helping you achieve pain-free living and with full function.

Why do we get such results? It’s because exercise works. We believe exercise-based therapy, endorsed as first-choice treatment by virtually all international clinical guidelines, is the way to long-term pain relief.

If you are asking us how many chiropractic treatments you need in total to get better, I’d say four to seven visits should suffice. We do not particularly like the idea of maintenance/wellness care because we think that means you are not truly better.

But for argument’s sake, how often should you see a chiropractor if you want to keep coming back? Based on a study in 2018, patients who come back for regular chiropractic visits experienced 13 fewer days of lower back pain compared to the control group. On average, the participants saw the chiropractor for just under 9 visits a year. So, that works out to one visit every month or two months.

If you are looking to buy a 12 or 16 session package to be used over a year, that might make sense. Anything more, as supported by academic literature, is a bit of an overkill.

How to find a value-for-money chiropractor in Singapore?

The truth is you will likely pay more per visit at Square One. (The most expensive by far charges $120 for two minutes). We understand our approach to care is different (long treatment sessions, prescribed home exercises, and more expensive fees) and does not suit everyone.

We charge more per session because we spend more time with our clients to make sure we correctly understand their needs. It’s that simple! The result? Our patients get better faster.

Each and every one of our patients is unique and we want to ensure we customise their care to their specific needs. We believe in giving you more value for your dollar. Because that’s what builds a stronger, healthier community.

We consistently deliver results our competitors cannot match! We are one of the most successful clinics in Singapore with a stellar track record of 100% 5-star reviews on Google (as of publication time). Don’t forget – we are still the only clinic with a 100% money-back policy in place!

There are many good reasons to see a chiropractor but only you can decide who is best for you. Finding an affordable chiropractor Singapore is hard work and we welcome you to talk to us should you need more help in determining who is best for you. We promise you will be in good hands!

Square One vs. Our Competitors

Results in 4 to 7 visits

Over 80% of our clients leave our care in 4 to 7 visits. We don’t offer packages or maintenance care because we deliver truly outstanding results. We empower our clients.

Results in > 8 visits?

Our competitors are often unable to share how long their clients take to get better. In fact, treatment packages are common among chiropractors and physiotherapists.

Performance Progression

Once you get better, we drive the intensity of the program up so you are always getting the best results possible.

“Our aim is for you to squat 20kg without pain next week.”

No Clear Progression (Time-based Progression)

Our competitors often see their clients twice weekly for the first fortnight or month without clear criteria progression.

“See how you feel in a few days.”

High Value Care

We are 100% evidence-based and 100% guidelines compliant. We do not offer modalities that are not supported by the latest research. Our treatments deliver results.

Low Value Care

Our competitors offer treatments that are the most popular (i.e. manual adjustments, dry needling, IASTM) even though research does not support their use as first-choice treatment. They do what is best for sales and don’t always deliver results.

Honest Selling

We support all our work with references and hard data so you can fact check. To keep ourselves accountable, we share daily updates on the latest research in our Facebook group: Singapore Pain & Injury Network.

Emotional Selling

Our competitors do not support their claims with references or hard data making it impossible for you to fact check. They take your trust for granted. We don’t. They count on you buy with emotion and later justify with logic.

Relationship-based

Your care with us doesn’t end when you leave for the day. We follow up with our clients via WhatsApp and emails to see how they are progressing with the exercises. We monitor our clients closely to make sure they are always performing at 100%

Transaction-based

Our competitors in Singapore do not follow up with their clients’ recovery progress between visits. In most cases, your access to the clinician ends when you leave the clinic for the day. You don't have professional support in between visits.

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“I am still so dumbfounded how 20 years of chronic problems from one injury have been nullified in just a few weeks. My body is feeling truly awesome. Very thankful I’m in some good hands at the moment.”
Paul Foster
Host, Actor, Model
18 April 2018, Instagram

Are you ready to start your recovery journey? Please proceed if:

You are ready to live pain-free
You trust Square One to be the right chiropractor for you
You are open to trying exercise as a core treatment for your pain
You will try to get better to the best of your ability
You will be self-compassionate through this challenging but fulfilling recovery

(Don’t worry, we are all not perfect. But we ask you try.)

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*Fee must be paid in full before an appointment can be scheduled

Ask A Chiropractor Anything

Based in Singapore, Square One Active Recovery offers treatments with a very big difference. We deliver more than neck and back adjustments. With our evidence-based exercise approach, you can achieve your recovery goals in just 4 to 7 visits. Not getting results from your chiropractor, TCM doctor or physiotherapist? Talk to us and find out how we can take your recovery to the next level.