So why choose a Registered Chiropractor in Singapore? You’ve got a headache—or back, shoulder, or leg pain—and you’re looking for a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) in Singapore to help with your problem. How do you make that decision? Should the size of the Yellow Pages advertisement be the determining factor? Selecting the right health care provider for your own needs is important. The following suggestions are designed to simplify the decision-making process.
What qualifications should registered chiropractors in Singapore have?
If you are looking for a USA-trained Chiropractic Doctor, the the first step is to ensure that your DC graduated from a school accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). The CCE is the national agency that accredits chiropractic colleges in the United States. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and your DC is licensed in one of the States in the USA.
Are registered Chiropractors regulated by the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Singapore?
No. Similar to the good old days of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Chiropractic, being relatively new in Singapore, is not yet regulated by MOH. MOH has appointed The Chiropractic Association (Singapore) as the self-regulating body for the profession. Due to the growing awareness and the effectiveness of Chiropractic, even TCM practitioners are calling themselves “Chiropractors”.
How can I be assured that Chiropractors in Singapore are ethical and offer the best quality of care available?
You can’t. Since the government does not ensure that chiropractors are properly trained or have a licence, there is no way to be sure that you will receive quality care. We can only recommend that you choose a chiropractor who is a member of The Chiropractic Association (Singapore) which ensures that they are properly licensed. Also, for assurance that there is re-course in the unlikely event that anything untoward should occur, a disciplinary process is in place which discourages the common use of large treatment packages. Members of the Chiropractic Association are committed to open and honest recommendations based on research and prevailing evidence of effectiveness.
Why are Members of the Association allowed to sell only a maximum of 12 visits per treatment package?
This is in line with US standards of care. Large treatment packages usually have money making in mind rather than the patient. Patients often get enticed into buying huge chiropractic treatment packages, in the belief that they are saving money. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Shorter treatment packages allow the patient and doctor to constantly review their progress more frequently, to evaluate if the services worked for the patient. After 12 visits, if you need further care, you can always purchase more treatments.
How long will Dr Timothy Lim treat me?
Any good health care provider will work hard to get you out of the clinic and functioning properly as quickly as possible. Joint manipulation is a wonderful non-invasive procedure in the hands of a skilled doctor of chiropractic. It has been repeatedly shown to reduce pain and help patients function better in daily life. It has not been shown, however, to prevent problems. A good chiropractor will help you prevent musculoskeletal system problems by teaching you how to engage in regular exercise, maintain good posture, and practice other healthy living habits. As with any other health care decision, remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Choose a chiropractor you are comfortable with, who addresses your health concerns, and who uses sound principles of modern health care to help. The best source is often a referral from a relative or friend who has had good experiences with the doctor. That is how we run our business at Lifesystems Chiropractic. Results, not promises, lead to new patients and we value that more than any other marketing methods.