My neck & lower back pain has been a constant problem for the past 20 years mainly because of bad posture while carrying the 6 kids. With my eldest, I didn’t know better and was afraid to put her down when she fell asleep in my arms as she would wake up and cry. That resulted in many hours of unnatural carrying positions! I have tried all sorts of treatment but have resigned myself to living with the constant pain.
When I was approached by one of Singapore’s top Chiropractors to try out a session under the skilful hands of Dr Theo, the timing couldn’t be better as I had a very tight knot at my neck and really should be doing something about it before going on vacation. Every time I return from a flight I have to visit my physiotherapist because the sitting position on the plane is not ideal.
To be honest, as a professional in the healthcare industry, I am weary of chiropractors in Singapore. First-hand accounts from friends have shed a poor light on some of them and I wouldn’t trust my body in the hands of someone not highly experienced.
Dr Theo was trained in America by the best chiropractor known in the history of the profession, Arno Burnier, and he has had more than 12 years of clinical experience in Singapore and 17 years of hands-on experience working with the spine. His particular area of expertise is in the upper cervical, which is my biggest problem area!
I was greeted by the warm and friendly staff at the front desk and ushered to a room to get changed into a gown. My spine was scanned to find out which are the areas that have blockages. The scanning is done by a female chiropractor assistant using a hand-held thermal scanner by running it gently down the spine. The results are shown immediately and she pointed out my problem areas to me.
Next, I placed 3 fingers into a machine and it gave another set of results. The areas that looked bad on the scan were the areas I have been having problems with, so it was accurate!
What I didn’t know was how bad some areas were. Every time I went for a massage the masseuse will tell me the same thing, that the knots at the right side of my neck and shower blades are very tense but all they can do is to release it little by little.
The friendly assistant explained the colour codes to me, starting from white which was good, moving to green, blue and red. The black was off the charts! Uh-oh. It doesn’t surprise me though as the problem has been there for so long.
She continued with the questionnaire and asked me what I felt was my stress level on a scale of 1-10. I gave it a 3, and she laughed in surprise, saying that with raising 6 kids and running my own company, 3 was a pretty low level.
I do find that over the past 5 years, ever since I have taken time out for myself to tend to my spiritual needs and to make time to recharge and enjoy the company of friends, I have become much more balanced than in the first 10 years of motherhood. If she had asked me that question a decade ago, I think my stress levels were closer to a 9!
After the testing was done, it was time for the session with Dr Theo. He started with explaining the basis of his treatment, that not only are blockages a result of physical causes, but when a person gets frustrated easily, is unable to let go and is highly stressed, there can be a lot of blocked areas. While he can do the manual adjustments, the person has to learn to be less uptight and unhappy with life in general. He also stressed how maintaining a good posture is very important. Something we all need constant reminders about!
He started the treatment with adjusting different segments of the spine one at a time and it wasn’t painful. You can tell that he is indeed very experienced.
He noticed that one leg was longer than the other, and that has been something my physiotherapist has been trying to fix. It was due to years of carrying my kids on one hip which led to the tightening of muscles on one side of the body which caused the natural alignment to be out of sync. He worked on that as well.
He meticulously went through the adjustment procedure, asking me to turn to the right, left, facing up, facing down, sitting up and standing to correct the blockages one by one. It felt good to have my whole body re-aligned!
My scorecard? He said that it was relatively easy to do the adjustments and there wasn’t much tension in my body. I am by nature an easy-going person and I don’t get stressed easily nor harbour negative feelings or thoughts, which helps!
Dr Theo sees patients with issues such as lower back pain, sciatica, headaches, numbness, slipped disc, poor posture, neck pain, and he also works with children and pregnant women.
Young children tend to fall a lot and sometimes that results in misalignment in their pelvis and lower back which needs to be readjusted. School going children carrying heavy school bags or having poor posture can also benefit from chiropractic care because when their bodies work better, their minds also function better.
I never thought I would have so much to reflect upon when I entered their centre. But in that one and a half hours, I had a good conversation with Dr Theo and came out being able to stand taller, feel lighter and have an overall happier feeling, both of mind and body.
I’m glad I saw him before I left for our trip because despite the 7-hour flight and our long road trip, my neck wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. I will have to make one more trip to Dr Theo and that should put things in good order.
He says, “Being pain-free should not be enough. Feeling great, inspired and alive should be what we all strive for.”
I can’t agree more!
The first visit costs $190 which includes a Thermal spinal scan, consultation and tailored adjustment and it takes about 60-90 minutes. More details of their fees can be found on their website, with one-off prices as well as package rates. They have kindly offered a discount for my readers for the FIRST SESSION – simply quote MUMMYWEE and they will take $20 off the fee*.
Most of us mums tend to overlook taking care of ourselves and our bodies. However, don’t forget that when we are healthy both in mind and body, we will be in a better position to take care of our families!
*valid till 31 Dec 2019
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.