No. Chiropractors are primary healthcare providers which means that a referral from a general practitioner (GP) is not necessary. Having said that, certain insurance policies may require a GP's referral for coverage and you are encouraged to check with your insurance provider. See more details on our fees and coverage page.
Yes. Chiropractic health care is an effective option for diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of disorders related to the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems. Learn about the conditions commonly treated by chiropractic.
Yes. Pregnant women often experience weight gain and changes in their postures that can cause pain in the back and pelvis.
Because chiropractic is concerned with correcting the structure of the body to restore function, it is ideal for treating some of the discomfort that arises during pregnancy.
The popping sound that commonly follows a spinal adjustment is caused by gas that has been released from joint capsule by the temporary opening of joint space. Visit the spinal manipulations page to learn more.
No. Because branches from the same nerve may supply more than one level of the spine, the discomfort originating from one segment may be felt over several segments. However, when you perform self-manipulation, it's usually the hypermobile joints (joints that are moving too much) that are released, while the restricted joints remain restricted. Skilled manipulations performed by a chiropractor are specifically and carefully delivered to the joints that truly need it. The effects of the manipulation are also more longer-lasting and the urge to self-manipulate will subside.
There are certain instances when spinal manipulation may not be suitable: acute trauma, bone fracture, spinal infection, advanced osteoporosis or metastatic bone disease (bone cancer). Dr. Ng would review the patient’s history carefully to determine if other treatment options should be considered, or referral for further investigations is appropriate.
Yes. Hong Kong is the first and only region in Asia that has established statutory legislation of the chiropractic profession. The other regulated healthcare professions are medicine, dentistry, and traditional Chinese medicine. Hong Kong Chiropractors’ Council is the regulatory body of practicing chiropractors in Hong Kong and its committees ensure that public’s interests are served.
A significant amount of the health-related scientific literature that is available today has been funded by pharmaceutical companies that manufacture drugs. Because chiropractic is a drug-free treatment approach, the same volume of research has not been done in the field. Despite this, scientific research has shown that chiropractic is particularly effective for treating low back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
Pregnancy increases loading on not just the heart / lungs and other organs, but also the joints and muscles supporting the spine. With increasing weight and weight shift, there is increased demand on the spine. In fact, 80% of pregnant women suffer from back pain due to various reasons. Hormonal changes can cause loosened ligaments which can lead to sacroiliac joint sprains and hip and lower back muscle strains. The upper back and neck can also be affected by postural changes such as slouching.
Chiropractic treatments during pregnancy are safe, effective and has no side effects as opposed to drugs. Chiropractic adjustments can help maintain the stability as well as the flexibility of the spine during pregnancy. A normalized nervous system can also have a direct effect on the healthy growth of the fetus. Furthermore, regular spinal adjustments during pregnancy helps optimize the mobility of the spine and pelvic joints, which would facilitate a smooth delivery process.
The chiropractic adjustment (a high-velocity, low-amplitude force directed to specific joints) requires the integration of anatomical knowledge, biomechanical understanding, and a high degree of skill.
As with any medical procedures, there is a risk associated with the chiropractic adjustment. The highest concern is related to injuries after a cervical adjustment: according to research, there is a one in one million chance resulting in cerebrovascular accidents, with half having a fatal outcome. Having said that, it is worth noting that “compared to other treatments used for similar conditions, these rates are 200 times lower than the rates reported for gastrointestinal bleeding due to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Gabriel SE et al. 1991, Dabbs V et al. 1995, Deyo RA et al. 1992, Malter AD et al. 1998).
In such cases, the individuals performing the adjustments were usually not professionally trained chiropractors.
Sitting for an extended period of time increases pressure on joints. Muscles are also strained from maintaining the same posture for prolonged periods of time.
As a result, one feels stiffness of muscles and joints.
Since our body is designed for motion, our movement serves as nutrition to our musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic adjustment frees up restricted joints and relaxes tight muscles and restores normal joint movements and puts them into motion again. It is often hard to correct a bad posture even if one wants to because spine stuck in poor posture for too long; joints are locked.
Spinal adjustments unlock stuck joints and allows for a freer spine, after which one would find it easier to maintain a straight spine than before.
Chiropractic treatments are covered by many insurance programs. Visit the Fees and Coverage page to find out more.
Chiropractors undergo rigorous training to enable them to safely and effectively administer chiropractic care.
All practicing chiropractors in Hong Kong are graduates of accredited chiropractic colleges overseas and are registered to practice in their respective countries. The curriculum in the USA and Canada is a post-graduate programme leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. The curriculum in the UK and Australia leads to a Bachelor degree of Applied Science (Chiropractic).
Like general MDs, all chiropractors have undergone 6 to 8 years of post-secondary training.