Areas of Expertise:
- Manipulative therapy
- Combination of manual therapy, evidence based exercises and trigger point needling
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Sports-related injuries
- Mechanical back and neck pain
- Postural muscular pain
- Overuse injuries from muscle imbalance problems or biomechanics error
After treating my wrist with no lasting improvements, I was fortunate to have been referred to Charmaine. After my first session, I saw immediate and lasting improvements. Since healing my wrist, she diagnosed and treated my underlying problem to my back and shoulders. She lifted the boulder off my back that I had since I started college. Charmaine uses a combination of Western and Chinese techniques to treat the underlying problem with strong focus on manual therapy. I cannot recommend Charmaine more highly.
I have consulted Charmaine in a number of areas including back, neck, shoulder and knee pain and always found her to be dynamic in her solutions and we have enjoyed a high degree of success together in keeping me hiking, in the gym and swimming. Charmaine‘s assessments are always very thorough and I have developed more confidence in her diagnoses. Expect massage, stretch, acupuncture and work in the gym. Our work together after a skiing accident in 2013 led directly to me being able to hike in Bhutan only six weeks afterwards.
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.
What is the most fulfilling part of the job?
Increasing the awareness of the benefits of an active lifestyle, building rapport with my patients and their family are just some of the rewarding returns of this profession. Seeing them get back to their pre-injury physical levels or even beyond that, is just a great feeling that cannot be measured.