Dr Xiaoqi Chen


Dr Xiaoqi Chen

Physiotherapist @ drchenphysio.com

Special interests in neck, back, shoulder & arm pain, whiplash, concussion, headaches, cervicogenic dizziness, Hypermobile Spectrum Disorder (HSD) and Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)

Originally from Singapore, Chen has now made Brisbane home. Chen has been a physiotherapist since 2009, and recently completed her PhD at the University of Queensland which studied the risk factors associated with neck pain, and the impact of workplace-based interventions on neck pain in office workers (2017). Her passion to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice is manifested in her publications related to exercise and ergonomic interventions for neck pain, and sensorimotor dysfunction in people with chronic neck pain. Altogether, Chen has co-authored 7 publications in the manual therapy, physical therapy, and occupational health journals, with more papers currently in preparation. Chen was also a clinical tutor, examiner, and guest lecturer to physiotherapy students at the University of Queensland from 2014-2018.

Chen’s list of clinical interests are as follows:

  • acute or chronic neck, back, shoulder and arm pain
  • whiplash and associated disorders (i.e. dizziness, headaches, visual disturbances)
  • concussion syndrome
  • headaches
  • cervicogenic (i.e. neck-related) dizziness
  • nerve impingement, radiculopathies
  • thoracic outlet syndrome
  • shoulder impingement, bursitis
  • work-related injuries (Workcover claims)
  • car accident related injuries (Compulsory Third Party, CTP insurance claims)
  • Hypermobile Spectrum Disorders (HSDs)
  • Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)

A combination of advice and education, real time ultrasound (RTUS), electrical muscle stimulation, taping, dry needling, Clinical Pilates, exercise prescription and manual therapy are utilised in her practice. Chen continually improves her practice by keeping up to date with the latest technology, skills, and research.

Chen strives to provide her clients with the highest level of service and care by regular communication with their general practitioner, specialists, and other health professionals. She routinely sets objective goals with her clients, and helps them take control of their problem by equipping them with appropriate self-management strategies.

In her free time, Chen contributes reviews and her digital editing skills to the Physio Network, an online platform that allows physiotherapists around the world to keep up with the latest research in physiotherapy. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, meditation and exploring the Australian hinterland via weekend getaways and bushwalking trips.

Links to Chen’s publications and media appearances related to her research are listed below:

Honors & Awards:

  • 2017 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Higher Degree by Research Theses (University of Queensland)
  • 2013-2017 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (Australian Federal Government)
  • 2012 University Merit Award (University of South Australia)
  • 2012 Three Minute Thesis Finalist (University of Queensland)
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