Dr. Goh Shian Li
Qualifications, Education and Work experiences
Pier Street Chiropractic Clinic. Victoria, Australia (2015-18)
Placements at Tokyo Chiropractic College (TCC) – (2015)
Masters of Clinical Chiropractic (RMIT Australia- Distinction) – (2014-15)
Bachelor of Science -(RMIT Australia - Distinction)- (2011-2013)
Certified Applied Kinesiology practitioner (International College of Applied Kinesiology Australasia) – (2017-18)
Postgraduate Paediatric studies ( 2017 -19) (The Online Paediatric CPD Program by C4K)
Advanced Diploma of Alexander Technique Teaching (SOFMAS – Melbourne Australia) (2016- 19)
Alexander Technique Yoga teacher (Melbourne Yoga Centre) )2016-19
Seminars and further studies in
-Sacro-occipital technique (SOT) – Categories, Cranials, CMRT, bloodless surgery and temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ)
-Dry needling (level 1)
-Fascial work (myofascial release)
-Pregnancy care (momentum pregnancy seminar, Spinning babies workshop)
‘My approach is always gentle & thoughtful, allowing people to know that they can do things that they once would not be able to do, even the smallest change matters.’
My treatment approach is very much influenced by my own life changing experience with chiropractic. Having experienced the tremendous effect of the gentle yet powerful effect of cranial work, I focus a lot on checking and balancing cranial structures and the jaw. I have learnt that this plays a big part in people suffering from headaches.
Besides, I also found dry needling and rock tape to be effective in chronic muscular tension, sprain & strain. In addition, due to the exposure to various techniques during my time in Australia, I work not only with balancing spinal structures, but also look at the person as a whole - addressing organ, emotional, nutritional and meridian imbalances in the body.
Techniques that I utilize include Applied Kinesiology (AK), Sacro-occipital Technique (SOT), dry needling, spinal adjustments (Diversified), activator, drop piece, soft tissue therapy and rock tape.
My aim in teaching the Alexander Technique is to empower individuals to learn how to take care of themselves while performing daily activities (sitting, standing, singing, vacuuming etc.) Prevention of injury is key. We focus on conscious awareness of their habits and pointing out unnecessary muscular tension holding. Besides that, we focus on the psycho-physical unity emphasizing how the mind can affect the physical body. Main principles include observation, inhibition, direction.
We aim to provide them with a tool to manage physical and emotional stresses in their daily life.
My journey to chiropractic begun when I was at the age of 12, with my ballet teacher noticing uneven waist and shoulder levels. My parents and relatives too started noticing a thoracic hump on my right side when I was standing. After radiology (XRAY), I was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), with only options being bracing, or beyond this, spinal surgery. Off to visit a local chiropractor I went. Following initial weekly sessions over a two-month period, my scoliosis improved dramatically. Not only did my thoracic hump on my right side lessen but also I found marked changes in eye and lip symmetry.
Due to this ‘life-changing’ experience, I decided to pursue chiropractic as a profession. Chiropractic care is a natural, safe, and effective approach to better health, based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating and self-healing organism. Chiropractic is a vitally holistic philosophy and considers that each person contains the innate wisdom they need for healing, well-being and living their full potential. My role as a chiropractor is to restore this innate ability of the body. With this, my chiropractic work is always emerging, including new health modalities and possibilities.
I was informed that my scoliosis and facial asymmetry may have been caused by forceps used in childbirth. With this, I recognized the importance of chiropractic care for infants and birthing mothers during the pregnancy journey.
My interest in Alexander Technique started when my vocal teacher in Penang introduced me to the technique. I attended the school for a one-week intensive training and decided to take on the three-year training program to become an Alexander Technique teacher. I soon realized the various benefits of the technique that was not only for my singing, but was also very compatible with my work as a chiropractor.
I learnt how to use myself better and reduce injury during my work as a chiropractor, and it gave be a better understanding of what so-called “good posture” is. It was also a good tool in assisting me to deal with stress and reaction to various stimuli in my daily life.
I hope to be able to educate my patients about postural awareness, and to give them a self- empowering tool to help themselves prevent injury and deal with stress and pain. Having been professionally trained in voice and dance, I am looking to work with singers and dancers to maximize the potential of each performer, and to help them sing and move with ease, thus having a longer lasting career.