How a fun day out became a pain in the neck!!! A patients story!

Posted June 20, 2013 by chiropracticdubai
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Most of us have heard the term “Whiplash” used to describe neck pain mainly due to an injury which has taken place while travelling in a vehicle, but it can also occur from falls, sports, work injuries, and other incidents.

Neck and shoulder pain, X-ray artwork
At Chiropractic Dubai we recently had a patient in our clinic who complained of neck pain after visiting a water park with her children. She was having a great time splashing around on the water slides, but was suddenly taken by surprise on one of the rides and her neck jerked forward landing in the water awkwardly. While it was painful at the time, she thought the pain would just pass as we all do, so carried on with her day. The next day the pain was even worst and she noticed she also had a constant headache. Being a busy mum she ignored it, and after two weeks of taking painkillers which numbed the pain for a few hours but came back, she decided to get this checked out.
After assessing her medical history, followed by an examination by one of our Chiropractors it became clear that she had a “Whiplash” injury but as a safety precaution she was sent for neck an x-ray. Most cases of whiplash aren’t life threatening and can be treated easily by a Chiropractor. Lucky she did something about it and after a course of Chiropractic treatment, followed by physiotherapy and massage treatments she recovered and was pain free within weeks. These injuries can occur when the neck is suddenly or violently jerked in one direction and then another, creating a whip-like movement. However, side-impact car crashes, or crashes while a person’s head is turned, may result in side-to-side whiplash-style injuries to the neck.
Serious cases of whiplash can result in a sprain of the spine, when ligaments that help support, protect, and restrict excessive movement of the vertebrae are torn. Causing tears within the muscles and tendons. The discs between the vertebrae can also be torn causing a disc herniation (slipped disc) but this is more unusual.

Approximately two thirds of people involved in motor vehicle crashes develop whiplash. Symptoms may take 1 to 48 hours after to develop, causing pain in the neck, difficulty turning the head and headaches. The pain may extend into the shoulders, arms, upper back, and upper chest. Some patients also experience dizziness, difficulty swallowing, nausea, and blurred vision. They may even experience vertigo (the room spinning), ringing in the ears, pain in the jaw (TMJ), feel irritable, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. Symptoms can persist for weeks, months, or even years if not properly treated.

The most important thing is if you feel pain, get help! Don’t ignore it because most of the time if left untreated it won’t go away by itself. Call our clinic if you are suffering from neck pain, back pain, headaches or any other muscular problems effecting your health. Call 04 3481166 to book an appointment or visit:

Recover from injury and still stay active with Kinesio Tape

Posted June 18, 2013 by chiropracticdubai
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Our doctors help patients recover from injury using chiropractic treatment and most can still stay active with Kinesio Tape & Spider Tech application in our clinic.

Our Chiropractors often use Kinesio Tape or Spider Tech tape to treat some of our patients with amazing success. This is a coloured tape which has a texture and elasticity very close to the human skin. It is used on areas of the body affected by athletic injuries and physical problems mainly around the joint and muscles.

Kinesio Spider Tech tape copy

When applied correctly by a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist this unique tape can help the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion and increasing proprioception. Proprioception is the way our brain knows where each part of our body is. It’s a subconscious sense without which we would be falling and bumping into things. This tape improves proprioception through the stimulation of nerves serving our fascia. It also improves microcirculation increasing blood flow to the injured area which helps the healing process. Often patient can still take part in sports and physical activities while the body is healing. Famous athletes such as David Beckham and Serena Williams have used this treatment while competing in tournaments.

Our chiropractors use taping in conjunction with other treatment methods such as chiropractic, physiotherapy and non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. It can help patients suffering from injuries such as Plantar Fasciitus, Achilles Tendonitis, Bicep Tendonitis, back injury and many more problems, helping to reduce pain, inflammation, relax tired muscles and support muscles in movement.

If you are injured or suffering from spinal, muscular or joint pain call 04 3481166 to book an appointment or visit:

VITAMIN D – Are you tired, weak, suffering from back, neck or joint pain?

Posted June 17, 2013 by chiropracticdubai
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You could be suffering from Vitamin D deficiency!!!

Vitamin D should be taken seriously. Lack of Vitamin D has been linked to: Cancer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Autism.

A lady recently asked one of our doctors, what is the best way to get vitamin D? She thought the only way to get vitamin D, was to go to the doctor for a prescription. No, No, No! So lets clear up some of this confusion.

Vitamin D, is not a medication. It’s not something you have to get from our doctor. In fact vitamin D is a natural biochemical we get from sunlight and from some foods such as oily fish and dairy products.

Its not something you have once in a while when you are feeling ill, you need it constantly and gradually in your body for healthy bones, joints, teeth and to maintain overall health and wellbeing throughout your life.

This amazing vitamin is available to everyone for FREE. The best way to get vitamin D is through sunlight because it’s natural and is gradually absorbed through the skin. We get vitamin D the minute we step outside of our homes into the sunlight, and living in the UAE means we are lucky to have lots of it. The problem with that is, some don’t take full advantage of this. In the Middle East, the Arabic custom of covering most of the body with modest dress, often results in severe vitamin D deficiency in men and women. For those who do not cover, they may often remain indoors for many months when it’s too hot to enjoy the sun in the UAE.

 Vitamin D and family-running

Its important not to go overboard and spend hours baking in the sun, too much sun increases the risk of skin cancer and ageing. Be safe, you can protect areas of your skin like your face from premature skin damage by using a high sunscreen, but leave some areas of your skin exposed to sunlight without any sunscreen. This will allow some parts of your skin to absorb vitamin D from sunlight. You need about 30 minutes of exposure to the skin (without sunscreen) three times a week.

If you suspect you may have a vitamin D deficiency, a blood test can determine this. People suffering severe deficiencies do need to see a doctor as they may need a high dosage injection of vitamin D.

For those with less serious level of vitamin D deficiency, its best to gradually increase it into the body naturally by taking walks in sunlight or sitting outdoors in the daytime. This can even be done in the privacy of your garden or balcony. It doesn’t have to be at the hottest time of day, it can be early morning as long as there is sunlight. Additionally try to increase vitamin D in your food by eating oily fish and some dairy products and get a low dosage supplements from the chemist of around 200-400mg to be taken each day. (Avoid large dosages unless advised by your doctor, because large doses of any supplement puts a lot of strain on the liver to process).

If you think you might be vitamin D deficient or would like help treating any condition causing you back, neck or joint pain call 043481166 to book an appointment. Or for more information about our clinic visit:

Bedwetting – Is your child aged 4 years or older and still wetting the bed?

Posted May 23, 2013 by chiropracticdubai
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If so this is not normal, chiropractic treatment may help

Few parents realise that bedwetting past the age of 4-5 years old can impact greatly of a child self esteem, causing feeling of shame, guilt, embarrassment and impaired social skills. Especially when the child starts having sleepovers away from home with friends or family.

At Chiropractic Dubai our doctors know that a child’s inability to stay dry at night may be a sign of an underlying problem. We approach these cases with sensitivity and compassion. While chiropractic is not a treatment for bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis), many children have been helped by using gentle chiropractic care.

One distressed mother brought her 4 year old daughter into our clinic for bedwetting. Dr. Pamela looked at the child’s medical history, having a normal birth the child suffered from frequent colds and had a mild asthmatic cough.  After a chiropractic examination, Dr. Pamela found the child had a reduced curve in her lumbar spine, Left C1 translation in the upper neck and muscle spasm in the back. An indication that this could be affecting the nerves for bladder control.

There are two important muscles that control emptying the bladder called the detrusor and trigone muscles. Nerves that exit the spinal column in the lower back and sacrum control these muscles. During the early years of life, the sacrum has five separate segments. Later, they fuse together to form the triangular-shaped bone that adults have at the base of the spine. If these segments misalign through falling, learning to walk, riding a bike for example, they can compromise nerves responsible for bladder function.

We use gentle chiropractic treatment to reduce these misalignments focusing on the nervous system control which helps restore regulation of the bladder.

After a few gentle chiropractic treatments the little girl started to show some signs of improvement but was still irregular with bedwetting, then after the sixth treatment the mother reported her child’s bed wetting had noticeably reduced. By the eight chiropractic treatment the mother was so happy to report her child had no bed wetting incidents and she really noticed the positive difference this was having on her child.

If your child is suffering from bedwetting past the age of 4 years old, it is wise to get your child’s spine checked out by a chiropractor to help correct the source any possible problem. Call us to book an appointment on 043481166 or for more information about our clinic visit:

Published Medical Research about how Chiropractic Care may improve bedwetting.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics document many studies showing the positive benefits of chiropractic care.

  • A study of 46 children received chiropractic care for a 10-week period. A quarter of those receiving chiropractic care had 50% or more reduction in the wet night frequency, while none amongst the control group saw a reduction. (JMPT 1994 (Nov-Dec);17 (9): 596-600 )
  • Children with a history of persistent bed-wetting received eight chiropractic adjustments. Number of wet nights fell from seven per week to four. (JMPT 1991 (Feb);14 (2): 110-115)
  • The lumbar spine of an eight-year-old male bed wetter was adjusted once and at a one-month follow-up. There was a complete resolution of enuresis. “This happened in a manner that could not be attributed to time or placebo effect.” (JMPT 1994 (Jun);17 (5): 335-338)

Pregnancy can leave lasting changes to a woman’s Spine & Pelvis – We can help!

Posted May 9, 2013 by chiropracticdubai
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There is help for those suffering with back pain & sacroiliac joint pain before, during and after pregnancy.

Post pregnancy care (After Birth):

A woman’s body goes through major hormonal changes during pregnancy, which can cause relaxation of the pelvic ligaments, often resulting in back pain, lower abdominal pain (ligaments stretching). The pain syndrome can also cause referred pain, or radicular pain to the neck, shoulders, and legs. The Sacroiliac joints may become more unstable which increases stress on the lower back and pain to Sacroiliac joint.
Chiropractic is so important for mother and baby after birthing. The mother may need help with getting her pelvis realigned after giving birth, also it can help with the extra stress that new mom’s go through such as carrying heavier loads, holding the new baby for long periods when feeding, diaper bags, and push chairs. This can be a very busy and stressful time for the mother, so the last thing she should have to put up with is a pain.

Dr. Pamela treating a new mother and her baby in our clinic.

Dr. Pamela treating a new mother and her baby in our clinic.

The baby also should have a full spinal check-up. Birth can be very traumatic on the newborns spine. Research shows that health problems that may arise later on in development such as breast feeding problems (difficulty turning the head to one side), Infantile Colic, KISS Syndrome, excessive crying, otitis media, all of which can be helped with chiropractic care.

At Chiropractic Dubai the rehabilitation process can start as early as one week after birth. This will make sure your spine and pelvis function to their best ability, and will assist in a quick and successful recovery. This can be especially useful in the case of difficult births and caesarean sections, where we can work to help stimulate the ligaments and muscles back into action.

For more information visit where you can book an online appointment or call us on 043481166

Do you have Knee Pain or Injury?

Posted May 6, 2013 by chiropracticdubai
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Few people know that knee pain is sometimes a sign of Spinal & Pelvic Imbalances.

Our doctors have recently seen quite a few patients coming into our clinic with knee problems.

Low back or pelvic imbalance can usually begin to give more trouble elsewhere like in the knees. Some people may start to get knee problems when they challenge their body with more physical activity like running. A full spinal and biomechanical check up from our chiropractors, with appropriate treatment can avoid most of the problems we see in the clinic and more commonly in runners.


One regular problem we have been seeing patients suffering from is Chondromalacia Patella.

Also known as runner’s knee, it is a degenerative condition of the cartilage surface of the back of the knee-cap, or patella. It produces discomfort or dull pain around or behind the patella. The condition may result from acute injury to the patella or from chronic friction between the patella and the groove in the femur through which it passes during motion of the knee. It can be caused by a single traumatic incident or by chronic trauma, like applying excessive force to the knee cap via exercise, such as running. If you start getting knee pain call us, we provide our patients with a full spinal check-up, footscans, chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy to get your body fighting fit again.

If you are suffering from knee pain, back, neck, joint pain or any other muscular problems and would like help treating this condition call us on 043481166 to book an appointment. Or for more information visit our website:

Overworked, Stressed and in Pain – Patient treated by our doctor Dr. Samuel tells her story

Posted May 5, 2013 by chiropracticdubai
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True story written by Claire living in Dubai:

I’m writing this story, to share with people the difficulties I went through and how chiropractic enabled me to get back on the right track.

I am 35 years old, I don’t go to the gym or exercise as my working hours are unpredictable and I commute twice daily between 40 to 60 minutes by car.

Since I came here to Dubai, I have been working as a personal secretary for a senior lawyer. Working long hours from 9am and 2/3 times a week I do not go home before 10-11pm. I have

Neck and shoulder pain, X-ray artwork

Neck pain radiating to shoulder blades

one short break to grab a sandwich and a coffee. A very unhealthy, highly stressful life.
I used to be very fit and exercise, but working late and after work dinners caused this to stop. I had no energy and started feeling more irritated with the constant nagging pain I was getting behind my neck and in my shoulder blades. At first it was just stiffness, I would take painkillers and “off to work the next day”.

However, during the following months my neck and shoulder pain became more constant, causing severe pain even working at my computer. The pain got worse and radiated from my neck to my shoulder blade and even at the back of my upper right arm. Often I had to stop working for few minutes to move my right shoulder and neck around, to relieve the pain. I was feeling completely exhausted, waking up with pounding headaches and in the night couldn’t relax as the shoulder was incredibly painful.

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Dr. Samuel Saukkonen treating a patient – Chiropractic Dubai at Emirates European Medical Centre

One day, I came to work looking terrible and tired, my friend Tim, asked what was wrong. I told him about my problem and how it was making my life a misery.

He told me he had gone through the same situation for 2 years. Tim’s doctor advised him to see a Chiropractor. Within his first 4-5 chiropractic treatments, John had great response. He had a few more treatments the first month and was now completely pain free. He sees his Chiropractor every 4-6 weeks to keep everything pain free. He told me to try a Chiropractor, I was a bit reluctant but I booked an appointment at Chiropractic Dubai, I was happy to find out that they had Finnish chiropractor Dr. Samuel Suakkonen who in fact, qualified in the U.K.

On my first visit I was impressed, the chiropractor took a detailed account of my health history and symptoms. He examined my spine and shoulder movements, stopping where, he found I had pain and stiffness. Dr. Samuel did quite a lot of tests on my neck and shoulder to help dia

gnose my problem. He sent me to do a MRI scan to check up the state of my spinal bones and joints, he explained the results. My problem was a mechanical and could be treated using chiropractic manipulation and muscle rebalancing. It showed I had a small cervical disc herniation, which was giving me the shoulder and arm pain, and he explained that gentle chiropractic manipulation and an exercise program would help get rid of the pain. He advised me how to rearrange my computer work station so that I could get well as soon as possible.

On my first treatment Dr. Samuel adjusted misalignments in my spine. After, I felt very tired as if I had started a new sport, but I could tell that this was all part of the healing process. Best of all I slept like a log and could not believe the pain relief. Six treatments later I was virtually reborn! I can’t stop talking about this amazing change which has happened to me. I feel like my old self again – ten years younger and full of energy. I am telling everyone about chiropractic, and in particular about my chiropractor, Dr. Samuel, who probably does not realise how happy and grateful I am. I want to stay this way, so I will be going to see him once every six weeks for some preventative treatment.

If you are suffering from neck pain, back pain, headaches, injury or joint pain call us at Chiropractic Dubai on 04341166 or for more information visit our website: