Hello! A couple of weeks back, I was invited by Natural Healings to try out their services! I’m sure if you’ve been following me for awhile, you would know that I’m always on the look out for enterprises that cater to re- aligning the body and helping to get rid of all the aches and effects of the abuse I’ve inflicted on myself (massive long runs last time, rigorous HIIT sessions and binge eating 🙁 ) in the past. I’m now totally into moderate varied eating, moderate exercise and lots of long, slow, stretching sessions and restorative walks (best enjoyed in the company of family and friends!)
I actually do go to a physio clinic for runner’s knee but I’m not going to say where because I actually think they are not very good at all. I healed more researching on google and doing squats on my own to strengthen the quads rather than anything the physiotherapist advised me to do (or didn’t advise because let’s just say the physiotherapist I was under was rather… negligent 🙁 )
Anyhoo! Natural Healings is a really interesting concept because they fuse both Chiropractic services and Physiotherapy services in one super convenient location! I think this is way more holistic than just going for one because your bones and muscles work together so it makes sense right, to have them assessed together?
If you didn’t know, Chiropractors are trained in the alignment of the spine. And I’ve only recently learned that having your spine out of alignment negatively impacts your health SO MUCH. For one, if you work in an office and you are always sitting down and leaning forward, your head may be tilting forward so much that the weight of your head is poorly supported, resulting in unnecessary strain, aches and pain. Read more here to find out how you can tell if your spine is out of alignment and causing a multitude of problems such as body pains, headaches and even constipation!
As for physiotherapists, they focus more on treating muscle injuries or even rehabilitation for stroke recovery and post operation rehabilitation. They use a variety of treatment options just as ultrasound, electrotherapy, heat therapy and massage techniques. If you don’t know which one to go for, my opinion is that if you have a muscle problem or impaired joint mobility, go for physiotherapy but for general upkeep of health and wellness and to rid yourself of that constant dull sense of unidentified ache and fatigue, go see a chiropractic!
If you still don’t know which is best for you, you should go to Natural Healings because they have both under one roof! Haha!
So I turned up for my appointment and was made to fill in a form. They will ask you all sort of things about yourself and to circle a diagram where you feel tightness, aches or pains. I circled my shoulders, neck, lower back, hamstrings, left ankle- practically the whole body man!
I was made to stand next to this grid to check my alignment. They will take pics of you from different angles, with your head at a neutral position, looking up and looking down.
First up, a consultation with the Physiotherapist. I’m listening to her explain all about how everything is linked. Next, I was brought to a room where I was given a gown to change into and the physiotherapist proceeded to check muscle tension in my back (and everywhere else that I complained about hehheh. )
She made me do this really embarrassing exercise after that. I mean, it was embarrassing to me because I couldn’t do it AT ALL. So basically, what I was supposed to do was just to lift up my arm, and she pressed gently down and I was supposed to resist it/ push it up. And I just couldn’t do it AT ALL. 🙁 I was really horrified because when I got home, I tested it on my brothers and they all could do it easily! Apparently my back muscles are really weak so in order to compensate, my shoulders strain forward causing all my pain and aches, making me hunch and further weakening the unused muscles. OH MY TIAN. This is why I spend hundreds of dollars at Wanyang when I should be lifting some weights instead. Hurhur.
A 45 min physiotherapy session comprises of the massage, the ultrasound and the electrotherapy depending on your condition and what you need. After that, I was brought for a consultation with the Chiropractor!
Here she is explaining that the spine is Very Important and needs to be taken care of.
I don’t know why but almost every chiropractic place I’ve been to, the chiropractor always aligns the spine in the open. Is there a reason for this or just simply logistics? Anyway it was quite fun watching other people and hearing all the very satisfying spinal cracks (which I learnt were just air bubbles 🙁 I thought they were cool sounds emitted when my bones snap back into place!) Also very comforting is how everyone looks instantly brighter, lighter and happier once it’s over. Maybe it’s relief that they didn’t snap into half but I like to think it’s because their spine is all so well aligned now and they feel fabulous.
Yay! My turn!
I think the pillow would make an excellent and practical gift for grandparents or parents!
In conclusion, I recommend Natural Living not just because I think their therapists are good (because let’s face it, I’m sure there are many good ones in Singapore), but because this is a place that really strives to treat you as holistically as possible. At my previous (well, not previous- technically my package hasn’t been used up but I can’t bring myself to go back there) physioclinic, I was just an ankle sprain to them and they treated only that one spot. But over here at Natural Living, they take pains (hur) to really understand you and your condition and most importantly, they have the facilities and people to cater to your needs.
So if you know anyone who needs to rid themselves of aches and pains to live life a little more enjoyably, give Natural Living a call to try them out and see if they are suitable for you. Don’t suffer in unnecessary, debilitating pain anymore. As for me, I’m definitely going to put in more effort in stretching and strengthening myself as gently as possible and treating myself right!
Till next time,
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