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Dr. Rachel Lai Chu KWAN

Assistant Professor

Office: 2/F, School of Medical and Health Science, Nelson Court, 45 Waterloo Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel : (852) 3725 6235
Email : [email protected]


Dr. Kwan is a registered physiotherapist and currently serves as the Assistant Professor of School of Medical and Health Sciences. Dr. Kwan acquired her BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, MPhil and PhD from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She obtained accreditation in acupuncture, and also qualified as Clinical Pilates instructor. Dr. Kwan has worked as a clinician for years in the Hospital Authority. She also worked in private clinics providing on-field services to world class athletes in international sports competitions.

Dr. Kwan has been actively involved in research and publication of scientific papers, which focus on area of musculoskeletal rehabilitation, specifically in people with diabetes-related complications. She often presents conference papers and her researches have received prestigious awards worldwide. She also serves as the reviewer of indexed peer-reviewed journals.


Academic and Professional Qualifications
Registered Physiotherapist (Hong Kong)
Member of Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association
Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association

Author Identifications
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0016-3876
Scopus Author ID: 55352572800

PhD, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
MPhil, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Honours and Awards
Dr. Robert W. Hobson II Award (USA)

Teaching Areas
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Research methodology

Research Interests
Wound management

Publications (Selected)
Lau RWL, Kwan RLC, Cheng JCY, Hui SSC, Lam TP. Patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis have higher metabolic cost during high-intensity interval training. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2023, 20(3), 2155.

Cheung EYY, Yu KK, Kwan RLC, Ng CKM, Chau RMW, Cheing GLY. Effect of EMG-biofeedback robotic-assisted body weight supported treadmill training on walking ability and cardiopulmonary function on people with subacute spinal cord injuries – a randomized controlled trial. BMC Neurology 2019, 19, 140.

Kwan RLC, Lu S, Choi HMC, Kloth LC, Cheing GLY. Efficacy of biophysical energies on healing of diabetic skin wounds in cell studies and animal experimental models: a systematic review. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 2019, 20(2), 368.

Ng TKW, Kwan RLC, Lo SK, Cheing GLY. A tailor-made exercise program for improving balance and mobility in older adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 2018, 44(2), 41-48.

Cheung EYY, Ng TKW, Yu KK, Kwan RLC, Cheing GLY. Robot-assisted training for people with spinal cord injury: a meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2017, 98(11), 2320-2331.

Sun JH, Kwan RLC, Zheng YP, Cheing GLY. Effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields on peripheral blood circulation in people with diabetes. Bioelectromagnetics 2016, 37(5), 290-297.

Ng TKW, Zheng YP, Kwan RLC, Cheing GLY. An innovative ultrasound foot scanner system for measuring the change in biomechanical properties of plantar tissue from sitting to standing. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research 2015, 38(1), 68-73.

Kwan RLC, Wong WC, Yip SL, Chan KL, Zheng YP, Cheing GLY. Pulsed electromagnetic fields promote healing and microcirculation of chronic diabetic foot ulcer: a pilot study. Advances in Skin and Wound Care 2015, 28(5), 212-219.

Cheing GLY, Li XH, Huang L, Kwan RLC, Cheung KK. Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) promotes early wound healing and myofibroblast proliferation in diabetic rats. Bioelectromagnetics 2014, 35(3), 161-169.

Cheing GLY, Sun JH, Kwan RLC, Zheng YP. The potential influence of diabetic history on peripheral blood flow in superficial skin. Microvascular Research 2013, 90, 112-116.

Chau RMW, Ng TKW, Kwan RLC, Choi CH, Cheing GLY. Risk of fall for people with diabetes. Disability and Rehabilitation 2013, 35(23), 1975-1980.

Cheing GLY, Chau RMW, Kwan RLC, Choi CH, Zheng YP. Do the biomechanical properties of the ankle-foot complex influence postural control for people with type 2 diabetes? Clinical Biomechanics (Bristol, Avon) 2013, 28(1), 88-92.

Kwan RLC, Cheing GLY, Vong SKS, Lo SK. Electrophysical therapy for managing diabetic foot ulcers: a systematic review. International Wound Journal 2013, 10(2), 121-131.

Kwan RLC, Zheng YP, Cheing GLY. The effect of aging on the biomechanical properties of plantar soft tissues. Clinical Biomechanics 2010, 25, 601-605.



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