ARE you suffering from recurring back and joint pains? Maybe it’s time for you to see a chiropractor.

Defined as the “diagnosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal system – particularly the spinal column”, Chiropractic Medicine is pretty much uncommon in this part of the world.

In fact, only a handful of Filipinos are informed about this type of alternative medicine, said Dr. Mark Enriquez, founder of the Singapore-based Alpha Chiropractic, which has a newly-opened branch at Centuria Medical Makati in Kalayaan Avenue, Makati.

“Oftentimes, Filipinos who experience back discomfort or body aches usually head over to the nearest massage salons to alleviate their pain. What they don’t know is that while massages can temporarily ease the pain, the discomfort would still be there in a matter of days as the body is already experiencing an imbalance in the musculoskeletal structure,” he said.

In most cases, the pain stems from a spinal disproportion or imbalance that leads to the body not functioning properly. If not treated, the imbalance can lead to the body wearing out, which overtime can cause injury and pain.

Dr. Enriquez believes that this is where Chiropractic Medicine offers a solution as it treats the imbalance and pain through the realignment and manipulation of the spine and joints.

Unlike massages which can temporarily ease the discomfort, chiropractic gets to the root of the issue.Using specific treatment plans, chiropractors perform a variety of adjustments and therapies to the body, particularly in the spinal area, to increase optimal body function and remove unwanted strains and injuries.

Some people consider Chiropractic Medicine to be a “rich man’s service” because treatmentsessions may cost higher than a massage.  But treating the pain at the source and preventing it from recurring will benefit the body in the long run.

In the Philippines, there are 34 registered chiropractors, and only 23 of these are based in Metro Manila. This small number prompted Dr. Enriquez to expand and bring his Australian-accredited practice here.

“As Filipinos engage in a healthy lifestyle, it is important for Chiropractic to be included in one’s wellness regimen to know one’s body and to make it function properly for any fitness programs.”

According to Dr. Enriquez, locating his Chiropractic clinic in a world-class outpatient medical mall like Centuria would enable him to promote and highlight the medical practice to various communities such as residents, athletes, fitness enthusiasts and employees.

Alpha Chiropractic is located at the 16th floor of Centuria Medical Makati.

Source: Malaya | February 27, 2017