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Frequently Asked Questions on Chiropractic

  1. What is chiropractic? Is it a safe treatment?

    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 articulated, resulting in a condition known as subluxation, the theory is that nerve transmission is disrupted and causes pain and illness manifested in the back as well as other areas of the body.

    Chiropractic is third most popular used 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 many other joints of the body, not just the spinal joints.

  2. What kind of techniques are your chiropractors are using?

    • Diversified (main technique)
    • Thompson Drop
    • Blocking
    • Trigger Point Therapy
    • Myofascial Release Therapy
    • Cox Flexion Distraction


  3. Can you tell me the difference between chiropractic and osteopathy?

    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. Stretching a joint within its full range of movement is known as mobilization. Traditionally chiropractors use direct precise short rapid thrusts in a particular direction and specific location to produce the characteristic “click”. Osteopaths use mobilization favor leverage techniques.
    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.
    Chiropractors generally tend to make more use of diagnostic procedures, such as x-rays, MRI scans, and blood and urine tests as well as orthopedic biomechanical and neurological tests to diagnose the condition with great accuracy.
    There is generally considerable overlap of techniques and ideas. In the UK the two professions probably have more similarities than they have differences.

  4. What is a subluxation? How does it affect us?

    In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.
    The nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly. It
    Is the responsibility of the Practitioner of Chiropractic to locate 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 are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.
    Chiropractors have known about the dangers of subluxations for over one hundred years. Today, more scientific evidence is showing the dangers 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 from subluxations. Our goal is to allow your body to return itself to the highest level of health possible by correcting VSC.  Chiropractors are the ONLY health professionals trained in the detection, location, and correction of the VSC. —

  5. I am suffering from low back pain. Do you see these types of complaints? Is it a serious problem?

    70% of our patients come to us with some type of low back pain. It is a serious problem, if not taken care of. Back pain is the most common reason for having time off work in the US. Our chiropractors will be able to diminish or eradicate your pain and teach you how to stay healthy.

  6. Do I need to have an x-ray/MRI done before coming for treatment?

    No. Our practitioners will examine you and if needed, prescribe x-rays of the correct areas to help with diagnosis. However, if you have any examinations which are less than five years old, bring them with you. They will be useful in the diagnosis.

  7. Is it dangerous for a pregnant woman to receive chiropractic care? How about elderly persons?

    Our chiropractors treat many pregnant women and age is not a contraindication to chiropractic care. We use specialized gentle, safe techniques to ensure your safe recovery. We are well aware of any potential risks and, if they are present, we take extra care for your safety.

  8. Does a chiropractic practitioner treat infants and babies?

    Yes. Please check our babies and children section for more detail. Some spinal and joint problems arise in the womb and we are well qualified to diagnose and treat babies from birth and children of all ages.

  9. What are your work timings?

    We work all days of the week from 9 am to 8 pm. Emergencies are also dealt with out of hours when necessary.

  10. Where are you located?

    We are located on Al Thanya Road, which is a connecting road between Jumeira Beach Road and Al Wasl Road in Umm Suqeim 2. The Emirates European Medical Centre is closer to Al Wasl Road, opposite the two large brown palaces. It is a white villa with one dark blue wall and black wrought iron railings at the front.

    Going towards Dubai:

    1. If you are on the Jumeira Beach Road, turn right into Al Thanya Road  (second traffic lights after Jumeira Beach hotel). You will also see Global Eye Company at the corner of the street. Please go straight and you will see the centre on your left side opposite of the identical brown palace, make U-turn on the signals and the centre will be after the third villa.
    2. If you are on Al Wasl Road, turn left at the first traffic lights after the Emarat petrol station and you will be in Al Thanya Road. The Centre is on your right side after the third villa.
    3. If you are in Sheikh Zayed Road, enter exit 39 (mall of the emirates exit) cross the Umm Sequim Bridge and turn right on Al Wasl Road go straight and  turn left at the first traffic lights after the Emarat petrol station and you will be in Al Thanya Road. The Centre is on your right side after the third villa.

    Going towards Abu Dhabi:

    1. If you are on the Sheikh Zayed Road, just after the third interchange turn right to Exit 41 (Al Thanya Road) and go straight and cross the traffic signals of Al Wasl Road. As soon as you cross the signals you will see the centre after the third villa on your right side opposite of the two identical brown palaces.
    2. If you are on the Al Wasl Road, turn right at the traffic lights after   small choitram (not the choitram opposite of al safa park but the one after spinney’s). The centre will be the third villa on the right side opposite of the two identical brown palaces.
    3. If you are on the Jumeira Beach Road, turn left into Al Thanya Road at the traffic lights after Emarat Petrol Station before Jumeira Beach hotel. You will also see Global Eye Company at the corner of the street. Please go straight and you will see the centre on your left side opposite of the identical brown palace, make U- turn on the signals and the centre will be after the third villa.


  11. What is the procedure of booking an appointment?

    To book an appointment, you can call the clinic at 04-3481166 or 04-3486900, or book online on our online booking page. If you are in a lot of pain, be sure to mention this to the receptionist and she will do her best to fit you in on the day you call. You can also send us an e-mail at

  12. What about insurance. Will it be covered?

    Many insurance companies cover chiropractic and physiotherapy. Call your insurance company to check what they cover and check their conditions and also check with our reception who deal with insurance issues daily.

  13. From which country are your chiropractors?

    United Kingdom, United States of America, Spain and Russia

  14. How many years of experience do they have?

    The Chiropractors have over 60 years combined experience.

  15. What should I expect on the first visit?

    An initial chiropractic consultation will most always include a history and a physical examination. The patient will be asked about what the current complaint is, whether there are chronic health problems, family history of disease, dietary habits, medical care already received, and any medications currently being taken. Further, the current complaint should be described in terms of how long it has been a problem, how it has progressed, and whether it is the result of an injury or occurred spontaneously. Details of how an injury occurred should be given. The physical exam should evaluate by observation and palpation whether the painful area has evidence of inflammation or poor alignment. Range of motion may also be assessed. In the spine, either hypomobility (fixation) or hypermobility may be a problem. Laboratory analysis and X rays, CT scan or MRI scans are helpful in some cases to rule out serious infection or other health issues that may require referral for another type of treatment.

  16. How many sessions do I need to feel better?

    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 occur in conjunction with another health problem. 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.

  17. How often should I come for treatment?

    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.

  18. I already finished a course of chiropractic treatment, why do I need a regular chiropractic check ups?

    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 and it helps to keep you in good shape and reduce the chances of a future relapse.

  19. What should I do to help my chiropractor with my treatment process?

    Conscious attention to posture may help some patients avoid sustaining a similar injury in the future, and the chiropractor should be able to discern what poor postural habits require correction. A sedentary lifestyle, particularly with a lot of time spent sitting, is likely to contribute to poor posture and may predispose a person to back pain and injury.
    Follow any advice given to you carefully and completely. You will get well much faster if you do this.