Continuing our series of posts describing the difference in our treatment, this week we discuss how we offer patients a painless and non-surgical alternative to common chronic pain problems such as slipped discs, cervical spondylosis or osteoarthritis.

There are two parts to this post – the first explains what we mean by “painless” treatment. And the 2nd part explains the “non-surgical alternative” description.


For patients unfamiliar with our treatment, we combine a unique Chinese herbal medicine patch with modern physiotherapy. This innovative combination only came together recently in 2012, so much of our history since our founding in 1979 has been more with our traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) roots. Within TCM, there is a sub-branch of medicine that is known to the Chinese community as “die da or 跌打”. In English, it’s sometimes known as bone-setting. Now, there are many types of bone-setting, but most people imagine the painful manipulations that an old Chinese sinseh does on your sprained ankle or back. The experience can be traumatizing for many people, because the pain during and after the manipulations can be very intense.

There is another type of “die da” which does not rely on manipulations, but more on secret formulas of herbal medicine to treat the pain. YAPCHANKOR comes from this tradition. These special formulas were developed over centuries in ancient China to treat the injuries incurred during martial arts practice or battles, and over time were refined by generations of experiments on human subjects. This tradition does not believe in painful manipulations, especially for serious chronic problems, but instead focus on massage to aid the healing by the medicine.

Today our treatment is a combination of sports massage, physiotherapy and the application of our proprietary patches. All this is done without pain, and we tell our patients that they should not leave the treatment feeling more pain than when they came in. We also believe that his combination is far better than any pure traditional treatment because it brings in the best of modern medicine’s objective approach to pain treatment.

Painless, non-surgical alternative for chronic pain


Many patients suffering from serious chronic pain problems in the musculoskeletal system will at some point be asked to consider surgery. Examples are patients with herniated or slipped discs, bone spurs, knee osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis, degenerative spondilolesthis, spinal stenosis or degenerative discs. Many of these patients are reluctant to undergo surgery but think that there is no other alternative, since they have most likely exhausted all the options that mainstream medicine has to offer before their orthopedic surgeon recommends surgery.

To be absolutely clear here, we are not saying that surgery is not needed. There are some cases which will require the expertise of a surgeon. The clearest example would be patients with compound bone fractures.

But there are also many cases where surgery is recommended as an option because the medical establishment does not know about non-surgical alternatives like YAPCHANKOR. Over decades of treating serious chronic pain cases, we have been able to offer sufferers of chronic musculoskeletal conditions a non-surgical option. Ever since we combined physiotherapy into our treatment, we have also been able to measure objectively the progress these chronic pain patients make. Even cases where doctors today believe the only option is surgery, for example a total knee replacement case for an osteoarthritis patient, we have been able to help recover.

Besides the risks of surgery and the downtime to recover from the surgery, there is also the cost of surgery to consider. A total knee replacement for one knee in Malaysia costs RM20,000 on average. The cost of our treatment at YAPCHANKOR for one knee is a fraction of this price. In the long run, we can also save money and time for patients.