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The word Chiropractic is derived from Greek words meaning “practice” and “hand”. It is grounded in the principle that the body can heal itself when the skeletal system is correctly aligned, and the nervous system is functioning properly. To achieve this, the chiropractor uses his or her hands to find the location of spinal problems, to perform specific and precise manipulations of the vertebrae. When these bones of the spine are not correctly aligned, this results in a condition known as subluxation. The theory is that nerve transmission is disrupted by the subluxation, and this causes pain and other symptoms in the back, as well as other areas of the body.

Chiropractic is third most popular healthcare profession in the world, after traditional medicine and dentistry. Some would say it now qualifies as mainstream treatment, as opposed to complementary medicine. Chiropractic treatment is covered by many insurance plans. It has become the well-accepted treatment for acute pain and problems of the spine, including lower back pain and whiplash. Most chiropractors also adjust the other joints of the body, not just the spinal joints.

Chiropractic is generally safe when performed correctly by a trained and registered chiropractor (NHS, 2020).

Minor “adverse events”, such as muscle soreness and stiffness can occur after treatment in some patients (Carnes et al., 2010). These are usually mild, fairly common and typically resolve within 24 and 72 hours.

Serious “adverse events” are rare, occurring in less than one in a million patient visits for lumbar spine manipulation (Bronfort et al., 2010). This compares favourably with the risks of taking medication.

Spinal manipulation is included as a treatment recommendation in the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Guidelines for “Low back pain and sciatica”, 2016.

Cervical spine manipulation has been researched in association with various types of stroke. Cassidy et al. (2017) concluded that there was no excess risk of carotid artery stroke after chiropractic care.

  • Diversified (main technique)
  • Thompson Drop
  • Blocking
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Myofascial Release Therapy
  • Graston Technique
  • Cox Flexion Distraction
  • Gonstead Technique
  • McKenzie Technique
  • Laser Therapy
  • SOT (Sacro-Occipital Technique)

Both chiropractors and osteopaths work on a patient’s musculo-skeletal system. They use their hands to diagnose and treat structural and functional problems, by working with the bones, muscles and connective tissue.

The term “spinal manipulative therapy” refers to both osteopathy and chiropractic. Traditionally, chiropractors use direct, precise, short, rapid thrusts in a particular direction and specific location, which often produces the characteristic “click”. Osteopaths move the patient’s joints and muscles using stretching, resistance and gentle pressure.

Both professions take a case history and undertake a patient examination. Both use manual palpation (feeling the spine and joints while in motion) to diagnose abnormal or restricted movement. Both professions use diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests, in addition to orthopaedic and neurological tests, to diagnose the condition with great accuracy.

There is generally considerable overlap of techniques and ideas. The two professions probably have more similarities than they have differences.

In simplest terms, a subluxation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) is not moving correctly. This can create pressure on or irritate the spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that exit between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes them to malfunction and interfere with the nerve signals.

The nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling via nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper messages. In other words, some parts of your body will not be working properly.

It is the responsibility of the chiropractor to locate the subluxation and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments, specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.

Chiropractors have known about the effects of subluxations for over 125 years. Today, more scientific evidence is showing the effects of subluxations and the health benefits of correcting them. To be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference. Our goal is to allow your body to return itself to the highest level of health possible, by correcting vertebral subluxations.

70% of our patients come to us with some type of lower back pain. It can be a serious problem, if not taken care of. After mental health, musculoskeletal pain is the most common reason for taking time off work. Our chiropractors have a lot of success at reducing or eliminating pain and also teach you how to stay healthy.

No. Our practitioners will examine you and, if needed, prescribe X-rays, MRIs or other images of the correct areas, to help with diagnosis. However, if you have any images that are less than five years old, please bring them with you. They may be useful in the diagnosis.

Our chiropractors successfully treat pregnant women. We use specialised, gentle techniques to alleviate your symptoms and optimise your musculo-skeletal system. Chiropractors who treat pregnant women are well educated in the correct techniques to use, to ensure your safety.

Age is no barrier to chiropractic care. Many gentle, low-force techniques can be used, depending on the condition and age of the patient. Treatment is adapted according to each patients needs, in order to decrease pain and increase mobility.

Yes. Some spinal and joint problems arise in the womb or through birth trauma, and we are well qualified to diagnose and treat babies from birth and children of all ages.

We work all days of the week from 8:30 am to 8 pm.

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If you are in a lot of pain, be sure to mention this to the receptionist and they will do their best to fit you in on the day you call. You can also send us an e-mail at info@emirateseuropean.com.

Many insurance companies cover chiropractic and/or physiotherapy. Since there are many different insurers and plans, it is important that you call your insurance company to check their terms and conditions and what they will cover. You can also check with our reception team, who deal with insurance issues daily.

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This question can only be addressed at the end of the initial consultation. The number of chiropractic treatments required will vary depending on several factors. Generally longer-term treatment is needed for conditions that are chronic, severe, or happen together with other health problems. Patients who are not in overall good health may also have longer healing times. Some injuries will inherently require more treatments than others, in order to get relief.

Care is given in three stages. Initially appointments are more frequent, with the goal of relieving immediate pain. Next, the patient moves into a rehabilitative stage, to continue the healing process and help to prevent a relapse. Finally, the patient may elect periodic maintenance, or wellness treatments, along with lifestyle changes if needed, in order to stay in good health.

Every case is different. You will however be given an indication of the number of treatments anticipated during your initial consultation, together with the time span between each one.

Our chiropractors may recommend a check-up every two to three months, depending on your original complaint and your lifestyle. We call this maintenance treatment; it helps to keep you in good shape and reduce the chances of a future relapse.

Your wellness journey is a partnership between you and your chiropractor. Your full cooperation with advice, prescribed exercises and the treatment plan is essential. You will get better much quicker if you do this.

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Physiotherapy Explained
Physiotherapy Questions

Physiotherapy is a valuable healthcare profession that focuses on physical rehabilitation and improvement. It is essential to consult with a qualified physiotherapist for personalised assessment and treatment plans, tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Physiotherapy, often referred to as physical therapy, is a healthcare profession that focuses on restoring and maintaining physical function, mobility, and overall well-being. It uses a combination of manual techniques, exercises, and modalities to help individuals recover from injuries, manage pain, and improve their physical abilities.
Physiotherapists assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of physical problems and conditions. They create personalised treatment plans to help individuals regain or improve their physical function and quality of life. This may include exercises, manual therapy, education, and advice on injury prevention.
Physiotherapy can be beneficial for a variety of conditions, including musculoskeletal injuries, neurological disorders, respiratory issues, post-surgery rehabilitation, sports injuries, and chronic pain. It is also used for pre- and postnatal care, and to address issues related to posture and ergonomics.
Physiotherapy is widely recognised as an effective and evidence-based approach to managing and rehabilitating a range of physical conditions. The effectiveness of physiotherapy often depends on the individual’s condition, the severity of the issue, and their commitment to following the prescribed treatment plan.
In many cases, you can see a physiotherapist without a doctor’s referral. However, in some cases, a doctor’s referral may be required for insurance or other specific reasons.
The duration of a physiotherapy session can vary, but it typically lasts around 20 minutes. The length of the session will depend on your specific needs, the assessment, and the treatment plan.
Yes, physiotherapy is often used to manage and alleviate pain. Physiotherapists can employ a variety of techniques, such as manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and modalities like heat or cold therapy, to reduce pain and improve overall function.
Physiotherapy is suitable for individuals of all ages, including children and the elderly. It can address various health issues specific to each age group, such as developmental concerns in children and age-related conditions in the elderly.
Physiotherapy is generally a safe and non-invasive approach to healthcare. While minor soreness or discomfort can occur, it is often part of the healing process. Serious side effects are rare but should be discussed with your physiotherapist if they occur.
Physiotherapy is often used in conjunction with other medical treatments, including medication, surgery, or chiropractic care. Collaboration between healthcare providers can optimise the overall care and recovery process.
Many health insurance plans provide coverage for physiotherapy services, but coverage can vary by policy. It’s advisable to check with your insurance company to determine the extent of your coverage and any requirements, such as referrals.
  • When the Chiropractor and the physiotherapist are co-managing a case, treatment begins with an endorsement of the patient’s case. This is a brief presentation of the patient’s condition and medical history review between the physiotherapist and the chiropractor.
  • During the treatment, the physiotherapist administers manual techniques and electro-modalities of different programs and techniques depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s needs.
  • After the treatment, home instructions and advice on proper body mechanics are given.
Yes, when the symptoms have improved. After few treatment sessions, an exercise program is given to the patient.
  • An exercise program is introduced gradually into the treatment protocol with slow and careful progression, depending on the response of the patient to the treatment.
  • But in acute cases, where inflammation is still present, the inflammation and the pain has to be treated first before administering an exercise program.
The physiotherapist will advise you if the exercise program will either be continued, progressed or stopped depending on your response to the exercise program.
Yes. Patient education is always the key to the success of any treatment. It is important in the total recovery and healing process of an injury.
  • Yes, they can advice you on using walking aids, how to correctly use them and measure them depending on your physique. They also suggest walking aids depending on your needs and lifestyle.
  • Proper gait retraining with the walking aid is given to prevent further injuries.
  • It is advisable since this type of treatment helps in preventing further inflammation of the injured area, increase healing time of the strained muscle fibers and decrease muscle spasm for acute and chronic cases.
  • A physiotherapist can help you return to normal activities of daily living by pain management, therapeutic exercises and advice on proper body mechanics.
Yes, it is normal. The muscles surrounding the areas manipulated may go into a protective muscle spasm, which is a normal response of the body. A physiotherapy treatment lasts for at least 15 minutes (depending on the condition), which means you have to be in one position for that time, this is a factor that may contribute to your muscle stiffness. If it happens again while having the treatment, let your physiotherapist know, so the discomfort will be addressed quickly.

Physiotherapists treat a wide range of medical conditions:

  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Acute and chronic muscular strain
  • Acute and chronic ligamentous sprain
  • Acute and chronic pain syndromes
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Lateral epicondylitis
  • Medial epicondylitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Calcaneal spurs
  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Ankle inversion/eversion sprains
  • Meniscal injuries of the knee
  • Cruciate ligament tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Facial Palsy
  • Tendinitis and repetitive strain injuries
  • Post-fracture rehabilitation
  • Post-operative care after:
    • Joint arthroplasty
    • Arthroscopy
    • Meniscectomy
    • Laminectomy
    • Tendon release
    • Open reduction-internal fixations (ORIF’s)

Our Pelvic Floor Specialist Physiotherapist treats:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Pre- and post-partum pelvic floor issues
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pudendal neuralgia

They help in the overall physical health of an individual and their return to normal activities of daily living after pain, injury or illness by:

  • Prevention and management of sports injuries
  • Restoration and improvement of the range of motion in the joints
  • Improving the body coordination, proprioception, cardiovascular endurance and joint flexibility
  • Providing advice and education in pre- and post-natal care for women
  • Gait retraining for patients using ambulatory aids such as canes, crutches and wheelchairs
  • Our pelvic floor specialist physiotherapist helps with pelvic floor related issues, such as incontinence and post-partum issues.
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TCM, Acupuncture, and Cupping Explained
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Cupping Questions

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic system of medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years in China and other parts of Asia. It includes various therapies, herbal medicine, dietary practices, and lifestyle recommendations to promote health and balance in the body.

Acupuncture is a key component of TCM. It involves inserting thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the body’s energy flow, or Qi (pronounced “chee”). Acupuncture is believed to help balance the body’s vital energy and promote healing.

Cupping is another TCM therapy that uses cups to create a vacuum on the skin’s surface. This suction effect is used to improve blood flow, relieve muscle tension, and promote overall well-being.

According to TCM principles, acupuncture works by stimulating specific acupoints to restore the balance of Qi and blood flow in the body. This stimulation can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and address a wide range of health issues.

In TCM, cupping is believed to dispel stagnant blood and Qi from the body. The suction created by the cups draws toxins and impurities to the skin’s surface, facilitating their removal and promoting better circulation.

TCM can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain, stress, anxiety, digestive issues, respiratory conditions, IVF and infertility and more. Acupuncture and cupping are commonly used to address pain management, muscle tension, and certain health concerns.

TCM treatments are generally safe for many individuals, but their suitability depends on individual health conditions and needs. Pregnant individuals, people with certain medical conditions, and those taking specific medications should consult with a qualified TCM practitioner or healthcare provider before starting treatment.

The number of sessions required can vary widely depending on the condition being treated and the individual’s response to therapy. Some people may experience relief after just a few sessions, while others may need several treatments for optimal results. Your TCM practitioner will develop a personalised treatment plan.

Yes, TCM therapies can complement conventional medical treatments. Many people use these therapies alongside Western medicine to address a wide range of health issues. It’s important to inform both your TCM practitioner and medical doctor about any concurrent treatments.

Side effects are typically mild and temporary. For example, with acupuncture, some individuals may experience minor bruising or soreness at the needle insertion sites. Cupping may leave temporary circular marks on the skin. Severe complications are rare, especially when performed by qualified TCM practitioners.

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Therapeutic Massage In dubai Explained
Therapeutic Massage Questions
Therapeutic massage is a hands-on treatment that focuses on addressing specific physical and mental health concerns, such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, stress reduction, and improving overall well-being.

Therapeutic massage offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Pain relief and management
  • Improved circulation
  • Enhanced range of motion and flexibility
  • Stress reduction and relaxation
  • Rehabilitation of injuries
  • Enhanced mental and emotional well-being

Therapeutic massage sessions are either 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the specific goals and needs of the session.

There are various therapeutic massage techniques, such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage, lymphatic drainage massage, pregnancy massage, hot stone therapy and dry cupping. The choice of technique will depend on your individual needs and the therapist’s recommendations.

During a therapeutic massage session, you will undress to your comfort level and lie on a massage table. You will be appropriately draped, and the therapist will use specific techniques to address your physical concerns. Effective communication with the therapist is vital, so feel free to provide feedback on pressure and any discomfort.

Therapeutic massage should not be excessively painful, although some techniques may induce temporary discomfort, particularly if you have specific problem areas. Your therapist will adjust the pressure to ensure you are comfortable.

Certain medical conditions or recent surgeries may contraindicate therapeutic massage. It’s crucial to inform your therapist about any medical conditions, allergies, or medications you are taking to ensure safe and effective treatment.

The frequency of therapeutic massage depends on your individual needs and the nature of your condition. Your therapist can recommend an appropriate schedule, whether for ongoing maintenance or for addressing a specific issue.

Yes, professional therapeutic massage therapists should be licensed or certified in their respective areas. They undergo training and education to ensure they provide safe and effective treatments. At Emirates European Medical Centre, our massage therapist is DHA Licensed.

Our Massage Therapist in Emirates European Medical Centre is female.

To prepare for a therapeutic massage, it’s helpful to shower or bathe before the appointment. Avoid eating a heavy meal immediately before the session, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Yes, therapeutic massage is often recommended for specific conditions like chronic pain or injury rehabilitation. Your therapist will tailor the treatment to address your individual needs.

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Homeopathy Explained
Homeopathy Questions

Homeopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare, identifying and treatment of root causes and helps in restoring the body’s own healing capacity and balance. The response after a homeopathic remedy is administered can vary from person to person. It is always advisable to consult with a qualified homeopathic practitioner before starting any new treatment, especially if you have underlying health conditions. The following questions may answer common inquiries on homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that was developed in the late 18th century by Dr Samuel Hahnemann. It is based on the principle of “like cures like,” where highly diluted substances that produce similar symptoms in a healthy person are used to treat those same symptoms in a person with an illness.

Homeopathic medicine is made from three kingdoms of nature: Botanical, Mineral and Animal. Minute doses of natural extracts are used as medicine. These natural extracts then undergo a process of serial dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking). More a substance is diluted and shaken, the more potent and effective it becomes in treating symptoms and helps in healing process.

Homeopathy is used to address a wide range of acute and chronic health conditions, including allergies, respiratory problems, digestive disorders, skin issues, hormonal imbalances and emotional or mental health concerns. It is also used for overall wellness and preventive care.

  • Homeopathy offers holistic approach to healing, treating the root cause of the disease and addressing the root cause of the illness.
  • Homeopathic medicine is natural, safe, gentle and effective in restoring body’s own healing capacity without any side-effects. It is also beneficial in prevention of disease and to sustain the health.

Homeopathic remedies are generally considered safe because they are highly diluted, and they do not contain active molecules in the same way that conventional medications do. However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified homeopathic practitioner before starting any treatment, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking other medications.

Homeopathic practitioners select remedies based on the principle of “like cures like.” They assess an individual’s physical, emotional, and mental symptoms and choose a remedy that matches the totality of the person’s condition. This process is individualized and aims to stimulate the body’s innate healing response.

Homeopathy can be used alongside conventional medical treatments as a complementary approach. However, it is essential to inform both your healthcare provider and homeopathic practitioner about any concurrent treatments to ensure they do not interact negatively.

Homeopathic remedies are generally well-tolerated and have minimal side effects because they are highly diluted. However, in rare cases, some individuals may experience an aggravation of symptoms, which is considered a part of the healing process. It’s crucial to consult with your homeopathic practitioner if you experience any unexpected or severe reactions.

The time it takes to see results with homeopathic treatment can vary widely based on the individual and the specific condition being treated. Some people report quick improvements, while others may require more extended treatment. Patience and consistency with the prescribed remedies are often necessary.

Health insurance coverage for homeopathic treatments varies by location and insurance provider. Some policies may partially cover homeopathic consultations and remedies, while others do not provide coverage. It’s advisable to check with your insurance company for specific details.

Homeopathy is safe for use in children and pets, and it is often employed to address various health concerns in both. However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified homeopathic practitioner who specializes in treating these specific populations.

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