Last updated on September 10, 2021.
Sitting at a desk all-day? Having back or neck pain? Seeing a chiropractor can help you for these but also for many different conditions. Here is the expert guide to chiropractic in Hong Kong!
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a type of alternative medicine focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal system with mechanical manipulation. It is very well known in the US, Canada and Australia. Chiropractic treatments usually involve a hands-on approach with the practitioner opting for manipulation of the spine, joints and tissue for therapeutic use. Despite its differences in fundamental beliefs with mainstream medicine, results from research and experiments have shown the effectiveness of chiropractic in relieving stress and treating a number of issues such as lower back pain, headache and numbness of the limbs.
How to choose a chiropractor in Hong Kong?
There are currently 264 registered chiropractors in Hong Kong. Chiropractic in Hong Kong is overseen by the Chiropractors Council, “established by the Laws of Hong Kong under the Chiropractors Registration Ordinance in 1993”. The main function of the Chiropractors Council is to “examine and verify the qualification” of applicants and to “oversee disciplinary offences” in order to ensure the reliability and quality of treatments to patients. All practicing chiropractors in Hong Kong have to be registered with the Chiropractors Council. You can find a complete list of all registered chiropractors in Hong Kong here.
How much does it cost to see a chiropractor in Hong Kong?
Chiropractors in Hong Kong only operate within the private sector. In Hong Kong the cost of seeing a chiropractor varies greatly (just like for other health practitioners), and it largely depends on clinics’ locations. While the Hong Kong Chiropractors Association states that the average treatment fee is about HK$350 to $500, our research reveals that consultations in premium locations can go up to HK$1,600.
Chiropractors & Chiropractic Clinics
Price for initial consultation & adjustments ADULTS
Price for initial consultation & adjustments CHILDREN
800 - 1,600
800 - 1,600
Some of the top chiropractors and chiropractor clinics in Hong Kong
To make it easy for you, we have prepared a list of well-known chiropractors and specialized clinics in Hong Kong:
Atlas Chiropractic Hong Kong – Dr. Ben Dyer
Dr. Ben Dyer has been practicing as chiropractor since 2015, and cares for a range of clients from babies and children to adults and seniors. His approach helps to treat a range of conditions, reduces pain and brings stress relief.
Drs. B. S. Vaughan & Associates 王保山 葉柏強 林江山 脊醫診所
The Drs. B. S. Vaughan & Associates Clinic was established in 1966 by Bruce Vaughan who campaigned for decades in order to have a better recognition of chiropractors. This clinic has a team of 5 Chiropractors trained overseas (USA, England, Canada, Denmark and Australia).
Dr. Benjamin Bluestein
Dr. Benjamin Bluestein is a chiropractor trained in Canada and registered to practice both in Canada and Hong Kong. He serves clients of all ages, fitness and health levels but has a special interest in, and experience in sport health and fitness. Dr. Benjamin Bluestein is associated to Joint Dynamics, which has two locations in Central and Quarry Bay.
Hong Kong Spine Centre香港護脊中心 – Dr. Claudia Ng 吳珏儒, 脊醫
Dr. Claudia Ng has been a chiropractor in Hong Kong since 2000. She founded and is the owner of Hong Kong Spine Centre, an established chiropractic clinic with 2 locations (Central and TST) and 4 practitioners. They use a number of techniques including Trigger-Point Shockwave Therapy, Interferential Current Therapy, Ultrasound Therapy and Exercise Therapy.
Hong Kong Sports Chiropractic – Dr. Ian Shaw
Dr. Ian Shaw is the former performance therapist for the Chinese Olympic Committee and both Chinese and Hong Kong National Sport Climbing Teams, and has practised chiropractic across Toronto, Beijing and HK. He treats a range of musculo-skeletal conditions, with a focus on sports-based rehabilitation, performance therapy and ongoing wellness.
Hong Kong Sports Clinic
Hong Kong Sport Clinic is an all-round clinic in Central providing physiotherapy, osteopathy, manual therapy and rehabilitation services. Its team includes a chiropractor, Dr. Elaine Leung, as well as several physiotherapists, an osteopath, a yoga instructor and even a fitness personal trainer.
New York Medical Group 紐約脊醫及物理治療中心
New York Medical Group involves chiropractors, physiotherapists and other health professionals. This clinic possesses advanced imaging material and their team has many specialities such as paediatric care and sports.
There are 12 locations across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories.
RIN SPINE CENTER – Dr. Rin J Park
Dr. Rin J Park is a registered chiropractor in Hong Kong with 20 years of practice. He is specialised in dry needles, scoliosis treatment, aesthetic medicine and back pain for pre and post pregnant women.
UP!Health – Dr. Michelle Zhou McCulloch
Dr. Michelle Zhou McCulloch is an Australian chiropractor and founder of the UP!Health clinic. She is passionate about providing chiropractic care to pregnant women. She also offers new baby assessments in order to give new-mamas additional tools that may help with breastfeeding, colic, reflux and flat head. The UP!Health clinic focuses on modern health challenges by combining chiropractic care, TCM treatments, Muscle therapy, Kinesiology and Counselling. Other chiropractors have joined UP!Health: Dr Derek Wong, Dr Gillian P.S. Tsang and Dr Kent Au.
Does insurance cover chiropractic treatments?
According to Alea, local medical coverage may cover chiropractic, but you should be cautious of sub-limits as they may be very low. Most international insurance plans cover alternative medicines including chiropractic. Depending on the plan and insurer, a GP referral letter may be required to receive reimbursement. If you have insurance questions, contact Alea’s healthcare and health insurance experts at [email protected].
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This article is informative only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice and should never be relied upon for specific advice.