Spinefit Chiro & Physio partnership with Ergoland
Spinefit Chiro & Physio
Here at Spinefit Chiro & Physio, we help people in pain avoid surgery so that the pause button on their life doesn’t last forever. We are a team of professional chiropractors and physiotherapists located in the heart of Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. We believe that health is more than just a body lying down on the table – we want you to understand your body and take control of what will carry you throughout your life. More than just a quick fix, our approach here at Spinefit utilises a combination of the best of both worlds – individualised chiropractic and physiotherapy care specific to YOUR current condition!
Keith Tan, Spinefit Chiro & Physio Co-Founder and General Manage
The Person behind the practice
While the team at Spinefit work hard to look after the wellbeing of the Practice Members, Keith works in the background to make sure the Spinefit ship remains tight. With sales and marketing experience in the Advertising, Construction and IT sector, Keith has managed both large and medium sized client accounts and gets a kick out of surpassing expectations. He takes a people-centric approach, believing that while tasks must be executed well, nurturing good relationships is crucial. Keith was recently interviewed by Astro’s Awani Review to share his thoughts on the current chiropractic and physiotherapy health industry in Malaysia. He has a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Business from Auckland, New Zealand. He is often found either behind the front desk or in the pantry making flat whites for anyone who asks nicely!
Conversation with the chiropractor
What are some of the most common work-related injuries you see? And how do you treat them?
Low back pain and neck pain are some of the most common issues from work. Sitting for long hours in front of the computer has become the norm because of technology and recently Work From Home (WFH). This new way of working brings along pain, difficulty sleeping at night, and waking up with stiffness and aches. Another huge side effect we’re seeing is faster degeneration of the spine in people who are only in their twenties, thirties, or forties!
The key to finding the most effective treatment is by identifying the root cause of your problem through assessments. After that, our chiropractors use safe spinal adjustments to improve spine health specific to your issues, and advice on what you should focus on (at work/home, when sleeping, stretches, lifestyle changes). Our physiotherapists treat using motor control and strengthening exercises, muscle release techniques, and provide you with a home exercise programe downloadable right to your phone so that the positive changes last long.
What is the common spine related problems for children among your patients? And is there some advice you can give to concerned parents?
Scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine) and flat feet! When talking about just the physical impact of children sitting slouched in front of screens longer than what is necessary, it can be quite serious. Children’s bodies were meant to move around in different environments to be able to develop the movement patterns needed by the brain to grow healthy joints and muscles. When there is a lot of sitting or slouching involved, the muscles and joints may not develop as well, which can lead to scoliosis or flat feet - causing problems further in the future during adulthood.
It is inevitable that at some point in a young child’s life, they will be exposed to screen time. Schools are using it now at an even younger age, and mobile devices or iPads are everywhere! Look into the chair and table that your child is sitting at. Make sure that it is ergonomic enough so that it places less strain on your child’s body. Also, check the backpack that your child is using. We can’t avoid all the heavy textbooks needed for school, but we can make sure that it can distribute the load well when being carried.
How do you feel about the awareness of ergonomics here in Malaysia?
Pretty low. People take ergonomics lightly because of a common mindset that, “Our ancestors never needed such things before and they were doing just fine.” The problem with that is the way that our ancestors lived and the way that we live now is VERY different. They used to work under the sun to provide food for their families and were very strong. Commuting in the past also involved a significant more amount of walking.
However, with more of us driving to work adding to the ever increasing traffic jams and considering most of us sit in an air-conditioned room for most of the week, it is no wonder we’re seeing more and more aches and pains as a result of how we’re living now! We need to do better in our education of how we can treat our bodies better so that we can reduce the chances of future pain and regret.
Why do you recommend using ergonomic furniture?
We often see people injure themselves in the gym and come to us for treatment, asking us, “Why did I still get injured when I have been going to the gym 3 times a week as recommended by physicians?” The answer is because we spend 8-10 hours sitting at work everyday, and then expect the 1-2 hours in the gym a few times a week to mitigate those negative effects.
It makes more sense to adjust what we do in those 8-10 hours at work everyday so that the stress on our spine, joints, and muscles are much less, which includes changing our furniture and environment into something more ergonomic. It’s helping our body to help itself!
Partnership with Ergoland
Ergoland has definitely been in the market for a long time, which is difficult if you are not a reputable brand with a good track record. Their understanding of what ergonomics is definitely helps the community to put ‘knowledge’ into ‘practice’ when people come to them to find out which chair, table or bag is right for them or their child.
One thing that we also appreciate is their sourcing of products that have eco-friendly manufacturing and are certified non-toxic, as well as repairing traded-in bags to be reused for charity. To be able to help ourselves and also the Earth at the same time issomething overlooked but highly needed in this time.
D4, G3-6, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL, 50480