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History of The Chiropractic Association (Singapore)


Chiropractic was established in Singapore in 1978 by an American, Dr. Carol S.Elder-Birnbaum, when she received the first employment pass issued to a Chiropractor in Singapore. During the period 1983-1987, additional DC’s joined the practice. It was during this period that the association was formed, getting its registration as a society in January 1988.

In 1990, The Chiropractic Association (Singapore) became the national constituent member of the World Federation of Chiropractic, which has non-governmental organization (NGO) status with World Health Organization.

Additional chiropractic clinics were established throughout the 1990's and membership grew. As The Chiropractic Association (Singapore) has matured, the focus of the association is to improve the level of professionalism of Chiropractic in Singapore.

In 2000, meetings with Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore were held and the Director of Medical Services advised the association to develop self-regulation along the lines of the profession in UK and Hong Kong. Through a consultative process, a self-regulation document (SRD) was developed, ratified by membership and adopted in 2002.

The association now maintains a professional register, in the absence of a government register, which serves the public interest, as well as establishing greater professional credibility, by ensuring internationally recognized standards of chiropractic training, adherence to a strict code of professional ethics and a high standard of professional practice.

The association has also been able to organize continuing education seminars on an annual basis since 2004, when we were fortunate to have Prof. Thomas Bergmann, Northwestern Health Sciences University - Northwestern College of Chiropractic noted author and lecturer here to present a Chiropractic Technique seminar in conjunction with the World Federation of Chiropractic Annual Council meetings held in Singapore that year.

Further growth of the profession and the introduction of some controversial business practice models from USA and Australia led the association to begin a process of revision of the SRD in 2005. This was done consultatively, however, there were some points that all parties could not agree upon, so that in 2006, a consultant from UK, Dr. Richard Brown, who has expertise in standards of practice, was engaged to assist in the revamp through a one-week series of workshops.

Based on Dr. Brown's recommendations and through a series of meetings of the association membership over a one-year period, a revision of the 2002 Self Regulation Document was ratified by membership in December 2007.

This is posted on the association's website. Also ratified in December 2007 was the requirement for Continuing Professional Development that have to be satisfied for renewal of membership.

The new association regulations have strict rules for the sale of pre-paid treatment packages and public spinal screenings. As a consequence, because of their business practices, several qualified chiropractors were not eligible or chose not to renew their memberships. The remaining core of doctors in the association remains committed to the principal that the interests of the patient being paramount.


The Chiropractic Association (Singapore)

The Chiropractic Association (Singapore), TCA(S) strives to maintain the highest standards of professionalism for the chiropractic profession in Singapore. Chiropractic is not regulated by MOH and is considered self-regulating. As such, TCA(S) has worked with experts on self-regulation for chiropractors and has developed and adopted a Self-Regulation Document that sets down a code of ethics, practice guidelines, and a code of advertising guidelines consistent with those of professional regulatory bodies internationally.

TCA(S) maintains the only professional register of qualified chiropractors who practice according to the Self-Regulation Document. Professional Membership in the Association therefore assures members of the public that a chiropractor is trained to the internationally recognized education standard, and has agreed to abide by the association’s Self-Regulation Document.

Although they are qualified, some chiropractors choose not to join TCA(S) because, (1) it is not required by MOH, and/or (2) they do not wish to conform to our Self-Regulation Document.

TCA(S) maintains a relationship and dialogues regularly with the nominated officers of MOH on the issue of regulation.

The Chiropractic Association (Singapore) was founded in 1988 by three of the first doctors of chiropractic in Singapore, and in 1991 became the Singapore national constituent member of the World Federation of Chiropratic (WFC), the international umbrella body for national chiropractic associations.  

WFC has Non-governmental Organization (NGO) status with World Health Organization (WHO), Chiropractic is a profession recognized by the WHO.

TCA(S) is also the Singapore national constituent member of the Asia Pacific Chiropractic Doctors' Federation, APCDF, the Asia Pacific regional sub-grouping of national chiropractic associations.


Dr. Tamara Wong (President of The Chiropractic Association Singapore)

Dr. Tamara Wong, President
The Chiropractic Association (Singapore)

I have had the opportunity to test and evaluate the latest Serta Pedic range of mattresses.  I was able to get a feel for the different mattress types by trying out the varying levels of thickness and firmness.  I am very satisfied by the quality and comfort that were provided and feel that consumers would find one of the Serta Pedic range mattresses comfortably supportive.

Low-quality, uncomfortable mattresses have been linked to sleep discomfort and pain.  It's important to chose the right mattress that helps you sleep without pain and stiffness.  However it does come down to personal preference with mattresses.



Dr. Janet Ruth Sosna (Hon. Secretary of The Chiropractic Association Singapore)Dr. Janet Ruth Sosna, Hon. Secretary
The Chiropractic Association (Singapore)

I have personally evaluated Serta Pedic range of mattresses.  All of these beds have firm support and they range in conformity, so that I am confident that this range will have a mattress to suit just about anyone's personal preference.

A quality mattress will give appropriate spinal support, as well as help to allow better, deeper sleep, which is when the body does its repair and maintenance. Together, this will help to keep spinal problems away.



Dr. Terrence Yap (Vice President of The Chiropractic Association Singapore)

Dr. Terrence Yap, Vice President
The Chiropractic Association (Singapore)

I evaluated Serta Pedic mattresses and found that it did a fine job of supporting my body.

With their various range of  Serta Pedic mattresses, I am convinced that there will be one that will be a good fit for anyone who needs that essential support for a good night's sleep.



Dr. Neil Stakes (Chiropractor of The Chiropractic Association Singapore)

Dr. Neil Stakes, Chiropractor
The Chiropractic Association (Singapore)

Choosing a suitable mattress is an investment in your health as the body needs time to recuperate during sleep.

I choose to endorse the Serta Pedic range as it offers a choice of varying mattress firmness where each person is bound to find a suitable choice for their spine.



Dr. Kelvin Ng (Chiropractor of The Chiropractic Association Singapore)

Dr. Kelvin Ng, Chiropractor
The Chiropractic Association (Singapore)

A good mattress is important for quality sleep.

Serta’s range of Pedic mattresses not only has the firmness and support for one's spine, but also the comfort that is important for one to achieve high quality sleep.




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