CHARMAINE TAM

Areas of Expertise:

  • Manipulative therapy
  • Combination of manual therapy, trigger point needling and evidence-based exercises
  • Neurokinetic Therapy Practitioner Level 3
  • Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex Practitioner (Foundation completed, pursuing Intermediate and Advanced level)
  • Overuse injuries from muscle imbalance problems or biomechanics error
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Mechanical back and neck pain
  • Postural muscular pain

Tell us about your background in Physiotherapy.

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Hong Kong and then a Masters degree in Sports physiotherapy from Perth, Australia. Before joining Sports and Spinal, I worked at one of the leading hospitals in Singapore and then at the Hong Kong Sports Institute helping professional athletes. In terms of sporting events experience, I have worked at the Davis Cup, China Open (golf), Oxfam Trailwalker Hong Kong events, World Championship for Fencing and for the Valley Black Ladies Rugby team.

 

What are your interests?

I’m a keen Thai boxer, and I also enjoy swimming, running, and Pilates.

 

Tell us about a life-changing experience or adventure you’ve been on.

This trip was out of my comfort zone because I’m a first-time trekker, but I was so glad I took up the challenge and did a 4-day trekking trip in Nepal up to 3900m. Every step was difficult but once I overcame the physical and mental obstacles, they were yet another reason to be proud and I got to rejoice and enjoy the fruits of my hard work at the peak.

 

What is your area of expertise?

It’s a combination of manual therapy, evidence based exercises and trigger point needling in my practice. I also manage patients with various musculoskeletal problems such as sports-related injures, mechanical back and neck pain, postural muscular pain and overuse injuries as a result of muscle imbalance problems or biomechanical error.

I am interested in the latest clinical research and data on body imbalances and how different body parts work with or compensate for each other. Particularly how various previous injuries, trauma, scars or even operations can affect the body’s motor control and therefore affect its movement and alignment. As the body is one complex integrated system, when there is a change in the system, the different body parts will have to change how they work or compensate for each other, which commonly results in body imbalances, and aches and pains. Understanding how and why the body compensates can help explain why there are occasions that the body does not responds to stretches, there’s recurring strains and sprains, certain muscles cannot be loosened or activated, or problems are spread all over the body.

 

What is the most fulfilling part of the job?

Being able to work with patients and help them to understand how their bodies have been compensating and therefore result in different aches and pains. I also enjoy promoting the benefits of an active lifestyle, and building rapport with my patients and their families. Seeing them get back to their pre-injury physical levels or even beyond that, is just a great feeling that cannot be measured.

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