Historical and exciting development in chiropractic education-Meeting with H.H. Sheikh Manea bin Hashir Al Maktoum

On October 27th, 2013, an historical meeting took place at our clinic.  Members of the World Federation of Chiropractic and the Emirates Chiropractic Association had the honor and privilege to meet with H.H. Sheikh Manea bin Hashir Al Maktoum to discuss the proposal of locating a chiropractic college in Dubai.  There’s currently no institution capable of delivering chiropractic educational program within a 7-hour flight radius of Dubai. Given its central location, stability and infrastructure, Dubai is an ideal location for a world-class chiropractic college and research centre. Continue reading “Historical and exciting development in chiropractic education-Meeting with H.H. Sheikh Manea bin Hashir Al Maktoum”

4th Dubai Spine Educational Seminar, 21 September 2013

1013736_598328840205306_1360353506_nDr. Pamela Leader represented Chiropractic in the management of Low Back Pain with a specific focus of Pelvic Dysfunction.  She explained how drastic, and sometimes unnecessary, measures like surgery and medication could be avoided by providing the correct treatment. She met with specialists and surgeons all over the world as they discussed treatment options and different perceptions on the topic of low back pain

Shortlisted for Best Healing Environment Award 2013

We are very happy to be shortlisted for Best Healing Environment at the Hospital Build and Infrastructure Awards 2013.

Chiropractic Dubai will be competing against other hospitals and medical centres and the winner will be announced on Monday 3rd June at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. Dr. Pamela and some of her team will be there at the awards.

Dr. Huafei Li

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

We are very pleased to welcome a new doctor to our clinic. Dr. Huafei Li graduated from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, an institution well known for producing high-caliber doctors in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.

If you have any questions regarding our treatments or would like book an appointment with Dr. Li contact our clinic, Emirates European Medical Centre on Tel: 04348 1166.

Dr. Pamela Leader – Presented at the 5th Middle East Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Conference

This year one of our doctor’s – Dr. Pamela Leader was a speaker presenting at this years 5th Middle East Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Conference in Abu Dhabi – 2012.

The conference focused on how current medical practices can be successfully incorporated into regional healthcare, discussing modern trends and latest research.

This year the conference theme was spinal cord injuries and back pain.

Dr. Pamela’s presentation was on Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction which is reported to account for up to 16%-30% of chronic mechanical low-back pain.1

Her presentation reviewed the sacroiliac joint anatomy, explored its function and range of motion. The complexity of the differential diagnosis. Pelvic Girdle Pain and its relation to Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and pubic symphysis pain as well as hypo-mobility and hyper-mobility Sacroiliac Joint. Dr. Pamela talked about the complexity, reliability and inherent problems around orthopedic and chiropractic tests. Treatment options including chiropractic, support belts, minimal medical intervention, surgery and their and success rates.

Dr. Pamela says “Presenting at the conference was a great success, as a doctor it’s important to keep learning, exploring new ideas, sharing medical findings and experience with others doctors and health care industry experts. The experience was thoroughly enjoyable and I have been asked to present at another medical conference in the Gulf Region in 2013”.

Reference: 1. Evidence-Based Interventional Pain Medicine: According to Clinical Diagnoses. 1 NOV 2011. Jan van Zundert MD, PhD et al.

Is it time to give up your seat for health reasons?

Last month one of our doctors: Dr. Pamela Leader was featured in an article for The National Newspaper, UAE. Here is a snapshot which makes interesting reading.

A survey carried out in the waiting room of a leading Dubai chiropractor sheds light upon a worrying trend that could be taking the ultimate toll on the lives of UAE citizens. “For most of our patients, their occupations involve sitting for long periods of time,” explains Dr Pamela Leader at Chiropractic Dubai.
In a poll of her patients carried out for The National, Dr. Pamela found that most spent around 50 hours a week sitting down. “But that is probably underestimated since most people only consider their working time, they forget that they might go home and spend hours watching TV or on the internet.”

“Prolonged sitting promotes a lack of whole-body muscle and joint movement,” says Dr. Pamela. “Recent evidence has shown that sitting for long hours, coupled with a lack of exercise and a poor, unbalanced diet, can raise your risk of early death from cardiovascular diseases.”

Chiropractic Dubai patients report being able to breathe and sleep better, as well as walk with much more ease, after their chiropractic treatments.
“From the questions I ask my patients, I believe people often work longer hours and have more stress in the UAE. Employers should invest in better ergonomic equipment to suit each employee.

Tips – Don’t fall victim to sitting disease – take these steps to change your life:

  • Take regular breaks, walk for two-minute walk around the office with regular stretches every 30-60 minutes.
  • Consider standing desks and holding standing meetings.
  • Book an ergonomic and spinal check to ensure that you have your workstation ergonomically designed.
  • Join a gym to combat all that sitting. Doing 150 minutes of exercise per week will cut your risk of developing colon cancer by a third.
  • Get your spine and posture checked and treated if you have any pain or postural problems.

If you would like help treating any condition causing you pain call 04-3481166 to book an appointment

Our Great Week at Spinneys

Last month we had an event at Spinneys Supermarket in Umm Suqeim, offering people coming into the store free consultations, foot scanning and nutritional advice. It was a great success, with many people coming to speak to one of our Chiropractors –  Dr. Gerry Nastasia.

Dr. Gerry giving advice to shoppers about spinal health in Spinneys

Dr. Gerry explained: “We  previously did a similar event at Spinneys in 2011. I wasn’t really surprised by the amount of people who walk around in pain without doing anything about it. So this year, we thought we would offer free advice, foot scans and consultations to the local community again. I again found was numerous people  who were suffering from constant headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain or joint pain for weeks, months, or even years without seeking any help. Either just expecting it to go away on its own or living with it daily. The truth is pain over several weeks usually doesn’t go away until you get help.

One patient I saw suffered from low back and knee pain for around a year. We performed a foot scan and it was clear that he had severely flat feet which were causing misalignments in his hips, knees and spine. His “fallen arches” were greatly contributing to his pain. A few days later, he came into our clinic for a full spinal evaluation. We had a pair of custom foot orthotics created to properly support him and treated him with program of chiropractic manipulation and physiotherapy rehabilitation. His pain improved and his quality of life has improved dramatically. By providing this free health service in a supermarket, we were able  to make people stop and think about addressing their problems and changed some lives for the better!

Also at the event, was our Nutrition & Inch Loss Expert – Rashi Chowdhary

Our nutritionist Rashi – Giving a free body analysis to shopper in Spinneys

This is the first time Rashi had actually taken part in such an event, she was so keen to get out there and speak to people who came into the Supermarket because this is where she felt she could bust some myths about food and healthy eating.

Rashi says: “The whole experience was great, I gave people a free body analysis at Spinneys. I loved being able to chat to them and ask them to show me what was in their shopping bags. People’s ideas of what’s healthy has got so jumbled up because they’ve been told all different kinds of things in the past. Like for example avocados or cheese is bad for you because they are fattening, which is so not the case. Being a qualified nutritionist and Certified Diabetic Educator there’s a lot of misinformation out there! Cutting out Carbs and adding sugar substitutes in your diet is not the answer. I also help people with diabetes by creating a food plan with good combinations that follow what’s right, helping them bring down their Hba1C.

Through the event at Spinneys I am currently helping a number of people loss fat, inches and get healthy. Call the clinic on 04 3481166 if you need help achieving your weight loss and healthy eating goals.

Get set for the Dubai Marathon

With the Dubai Marathon only three months away and lots of other sporting activities taking place in Dubai some of you may be feeling its time to dust off your running shoes and get back on track. Last year our very own CEO and Chiropractor: Dr. Samual Saukkonen took part as a competitor in the Dubai Marathon. Having experienced the Marathon first hand Dr. Sam has some helpful tips and advice to make sure your body is ready for your best run ever.

Our CEO and Chiropractor Dr. Samual took part in the 2012 Dubai Marathon

Running tips from Dr. Sam

Don’t struggle with pain – Address and niggling pains and injuries early on, don’t run through the pain and hope it will go away. While training for the marathon I myself had a combination Chiropractic treatments and physiotherapy rehabilitation, it helped resolve any injuries and I know it can also actually prevented them from occurring in the first place.

Be aware of your feet – Get the correct footwear and support. Your feet will go through a battering so be fully equipped. Select the running shoes and the socks you’ll wear in the marathon. The shoes should be relatively lightweight but provide good support. I was sensible enough to get a pair of customized foot orthotics fitted in our clinic. I used them in my running shoes and believe me, it was like running on air.

Warm up & Stretching – The correct stretching and warm up can make or break an athlete. It’s so essential to devise a good warm-up and stretching exercises before and after running, lack on this can cause injury and muscle pain for longer.

Do a half-marathon – Try it about one month before your full marathon to test your fitness level and work on improvement areas, it’s will give you a boost to know you are half way there.

Drink while you run – Especially in the Dubai heat, keep your body hydrated at all times, sports drinks in moderation give you more energy than water by providing fluid, carbohydrates, and electrolytes.

I treat a lot of professional athletes and people who just enjoy sports, my key advice to them all is to maintain spinal health and joints by getting regular chiropractic check ups, this helps resolve any pain and make you ready for your sport.

If you would like help treating any condition causing you pain call 04-3481166 to book an appointment.

Chiropractic Dubai at Dubai Dragonboat Festival 2012!

On Friday, the 6th of April from 08:00-17:00 and on Saturday 7th of April from 11:00-17:00, Chiropractic Dubai will have a tent at Festival City as part of the Dubai Dragonboat Festival 2012. We will be performing spinal checks and postural checks aswell as talking to anyone who may be suffering from muscular and joint pain with our experienced team of Chiropractic Doctors and Physical Therapists. Make sure you drop by to see some of the exciting Dragonboat races and come have a complimentary check with our team! To find out more on the event please visit the Dragon Boat Association website

Dubai Marathon 2012

On Friday the 27th of January the annual Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will talk place. Our very own Dr. Samuel Saukkonen and Mohammad Hama will be taking part in the event and would love to have some of your support down there! If you are running yourself make sure you train safely and feel free to contact us regarding any info you need to stay injury free!

Chiropractic Dubai’s newest addition – Lifestyle Nutritionist Rashi Chowdhary!

Chiropractic Dubai would like to welcome our newest addition to our team, Lifestyle Nutritionist and inch loss expert Rashi Chowdhary! Rashi provides fantastic Lifestyle and Nutrition advice and is based with us here in Chiropractic Dubai. Until January 15th Rashi is offering a COMPLIMENTARY LIFESTYLE CONSULTATION so make sure you call us on 04 348 1166 and book in while it lasts!!

Chiropractic Dubai at JESS Night Market

We will be at the JESS (Jumeirah English Speaking School) night market this Friday the 25th performing spinal checks and foot scans from 15:00 – 20:30. There are lots of great stands and activities and even a raffle with some of our very own prizes so don’t miss out!

Chiropractic Dubai at Spinneys Umm Suqeim

Chiropractic Dubai continues its spinal health awareness campaign across Dubai as we completed a week at Spinneys Umm Suqeim shopping centre. We were performing spinal checks and foot scans and Dr. Gerry and Dr. Peter provided the general public with any help or advice they needed during the event. If you wish to have us at your shopping centre, school fair, event or even for us to talk about the importance of spinal health, please contact us at marketing@chiropracticdubai.com.

Chiropractic Dubai treats England and Chelsea football captain

During his recent visit to Dubai, England and Chelsea football captain John Terry, also a keen advocate of Chiropractic, called on Dr. Sam’s treatments to ensure his body was in shape for the coming season. John regularly sees a Chiropractor in England and is one of many, many athletes and celebrities who endorse Chiropractic to help them stay at the top of their game!