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The Ultimate Guide To Seeing A Chiropractor (Singapore Edition, 2021)

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?

chiropractor singapore, jesse cai, chiropractor near meI stopped offering chiropractic adjustments because my clients were simply taking too long to get better.

Don’t get me wrong. Spinal manipulation and soft tissue therapy do help my clients feel better.

However, the results are often short-lived. My clients would feel better for a couple of days but their pain always comes back.

Does this sound familiar to you?

“Chiropractor Singapore” is one of the most searched phrases on Google. It comes as no surprise as chiropractic adjustments have been marketed to work wonders for health conditions like lower back pain, neck pain, and even migraine headaches. This is why chiropractors are gaining popularity among Singaporeans!

As a chiropractor who has worked with over a thousand patients, I realised there are many misconceptions about what chiropractic care is about:

• Which chiropractor is good in Singapore?
• What is a chiropractor?
• Are chiropractor doctors?
• Is chiropractic recognised in Singapore?
• How much does it cost to see a chiropractor in Singapore?
How often should you go to a chiropractor?
• What are the types of chiropractic treatments available in Singapore?

In addressing these issues, I hope to share the secrets of the chiropractic industry with you. In doing so, helping you find your true freedom from pain.

Are chiropractors doctors?

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“Are chiropractors doctors?” The Ministry of Health have explicitly stated chiropractors are NOT allowed to practise medicine as doctors.

Contrary to popular belief, chiropractors do not work with bones.

A chiropractor, or doctor of chiropractic, is a health care provider who is trained to diagnose and treat joint and muscles disorders. Chiropractors are trained to treat patients of different ages from children to adults to seniors.

Chiropractors are NOT medical doctors or orthopaedic doctors.

While chiropractic patients often address their chiropractors as “doctor”, this is strictly a professional courtesy in the United States.

The Ministry of Health had also previously emphasised that chiropractors “cannot practise medicine as doctors”.

Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar, MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, had brought up the issues surrounding the practice of chiropractic in Singapore. It was revealed that misleading use of titles (e.g. the doctor salutation) is one of the common complaints received by MOH.

The confusion around the usage of the doctor title is not limited to Singapore or the chiropractic profession. Read more at Who is entitled to the title of “doctor”?

Are chiropractors recognised in Singapore?

Chiropractic is not recognised in Singapore as an allied health profession and is considered a complementary and alternative medicine.

This means that chiropractors in Singapore are not regulated under the Private Hospital and Medical Clinic Act (PHMCA) or the Allied Health Professions Act. As such, chiropractors are free to do as they wish with little to no consequence.

What is chiropractic?

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BJ Palmer’s, one of the founding fathers of chiropractic, chiropractic clinic. Exercise is part of chiropractic care since its founding days!

Chiropractic is an allied health profession concerned with the diagnosis and treatment for disorders of the musculoskeletal system (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy).

Traditional chiropractors claim 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 a subluxation-based approach to pain and injury.

Modern chiropractors apply the latest research in their treatments, follow an evidence-based framework and utilise the research-proven 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

“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

There are many chiropractors in Singapore. To help you decide who is best chiropractor in Singapore, I have put together a list of what to look out for:

  • 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 their recovery goals in 4 to 7 visits

When it comes to the top performers in chiropractic, we have one thing in common: we prioritise our clients over our profitability.

Square One Active Recovery started as a passion project to transform the Singapore chiropractic industry. I wanted to offer evidence-based chiropractic care that is focused at the wellbeing of my clients.

The best chiropractors don’t just look at your “misalignment”. We look at at your whole person and come up with working solutions to help you achieve true freedom from pain.

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

How much does chiropractic cost in Singapore?

Chiropractic fees can start from as little as $9!

The average cost of seeing a chiropractor in Singapore ranges from $80 to $120 per chiropractic adjustment. The actual fee you pay depends on the package you signed, which pay include other chiropractic services such as functional wellness or spinal decompression.

The average price of one package may sometimes seem affordable at $600 to $850. However, most patients will need renew their packages a couple of times to achieve full symptom relief. This quickly gallons up to a few thousand dollars. Some chiropractic clinics offer packages upwards of 40 sessions that can cost as much as $4,320.

Chiropractic Clinic Initial Follow up Package
Square One Active Recovery $300 $350/month Monthly Mentorship
Singapore Pain Solutions $180 $100 YES
Light Chiropractic $190 $130 YES
Healing Hands $185 $60 Not Available YES
Total Health $160 $99 Not Available YES

*Please contact the clinics directly for updates on the latest fee or promotions
^I was unable to find the fee structure for the bigger chiropractic chains such as Chiropractic First, Natural Healings, or True Chiropractic.

Cheap is not always cheaper!

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Would you like an osteo-chiropractic adjustment for only $18. Alternatively, you get TWO treatments with True Chiropractic for just $10 more. Source: Fave

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!

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

Square One Active Recovery does indeed charge a higher fee compared to our competitors because we do zero upselling.

We also don’t compete on price. While some clinics charge upwards of $5,000 for a chiropractic package that will require you to keep coming back for years, most of our clients will only work with us for 4 to 7 sessions!

This why despite our high fees, our clients would still save money by choosing us.

roy hobbs singapore tennis player
Chiropractor Jesse Cai works with Singapore #1 tennis player Roy Hobbs for his shoulder pain.

“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

The dirty secrets of the chiropractic industry.

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

clare yau sunglasses“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 many chiropractic sessions do I need?

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. I am about helping you achieve pain-free living and with full function.

Why do I get such results?

It’s because research says exercise with coaching works. This is exactly what I offer.

Exercise-based therapy and pain education are recommended by all international clinical guidelines as the solution to long-term pain relief.

If you are asking me how often you should get adjusted, I’d say you should see a chiropractor for four to seven sessions across a two to three-month period. It is true and fair for complex cases to need extra sessions. However, you shouldn’t be getting adjusted thrice a week for 12 weeks.

It’s simply too much.

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). I understand our approach to care is different (long treatment sessions, prescribed home exercises, and more expensive fees) and does not suit everyone.

I charge more per session because I spend more time with our clients to make sure I correctly understand your needs. The end result? My patients get better faster.

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

I consistently deliver results our competitors cannot match! Square One Active Recovery one of the most successful clinics in Singapore with a stellar track record of 100% 5-star reviews on Google (as of publication time).

Chiropractors are effective musculoskeletal health experts trained to diagnose and treat your daily aches and pain.

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 I welcome you to talk to us should you need more help in determining who is best for you. I promise you will be in good hands!

paul foster, chiropractor singapore, shoulder pain, exercise“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

WANT TO GET STARTED IMMEDIATELY?

Frustrated by the lack of results-driven and ethical chiropractic clinics in Singapore, Chiropractor Jesse Cai found Square One Active Recovery to deliver meaningful and sustainable pain solutions.

Our goal? To make our own services redundant to you.

*We do not offer temporary pain relief such as chiropractic adjustments, dry needling, or any form of soft tissue therapy.