With a boutique clinic in Kuala Lumpur, Persistence Chiropractic Care aims to improve Malaysians’ quality of life
In partnership with Persistence Chiropractic Care
As our nation achieves urbanisation, the challenges of city living aren’t far behind. Chronic pain is on the rise as lifestyles become sedentary. Just ask chiropractor DC Valerie Na, founder of Persistence Chiropractic Care (PCC).
With former associate DC Giselle Chong and current associate DC Derek Tan, Valerie has treated over 900 children, young adults, blue- and white-collar workers and even seniors for musculoskeletal issues.
Educated in Melbourne, she dreamed of returning home to start a private practice. “I saw what chiropractic could do. I wanted to come back and make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Running a boutique chiropractic practice has its share of challenges, such as competition, marketing and raising awareness about chiropractic. But the deep connections forged with patients make all the effort worthwhile. In fact, it’s these relationships that drive Valerie’s passion.
What factors contribute to pain?
Prolonged sitting and a lack of adequate exercise can lead to poor posture, muscle imbalance and pain. Many jobs also require repetitive lifting, bending and even typing, which can cause localised pain. Even stress can generate muscle tension. These issues are made worse by poor ergonomics, such as incorrect chair height.
What misconceptions do people have about chiropractic?
The biggest one is that it’s exclusively for back pain. Chiropractors treat many conditions, such as joint problems and sports injuries. Many also believe that chiropractic is dangerous. But licenced chiropractors undergo extensive training to ensure patient safety. Finally, it isn’t just for adults. Our patients range from eight months old up to 90 years old.
What’s rewarding about running a boutique chiropractic clinic?
For me, PCC is not just a business; it’s a calling to serve the community and improve the lives of individuals seeking relief from chronic pain and striving for better overall health. A small practice offers trust among patients and staff, as well as the flexibility to manage unique treatment approaches.
Gonstead Method: 6 steps to expect on your first visit
1. Consultation: The chiropractor will take your details and medical history.
2. Visualisation: Your gait and the appearance of your spine will be assessed.
3. Instrumentation: A NervoScope can detect temperature changes caused by inflammation around a spinal deviation, or a subluxation.
4. Palpation: Palpations determine if there’s swelling around the subluxation and if the joints are moving well.
5. X-ray: Gonstead chiropractors analyse X-rays to identify scoliosis, trauma, arthritis and other issues.
6. Personalised adjustments: Based on the above findings, the chiropractor will realign your spine.