Pain in the back (thoracic and lumbar spine) or neck (cervical) and headaches can be of sudden intense onset (acute), or chronic, lasting weeks, months, or even years. The pain can be continuous or intermittent, mild, dull annoying or severe disabling and restrict mobility, interfering with normal functioning and quality of life.
We specialize in individualized physiotherapy treatment for all types of back and neck pain, after a full neurological evaluation. Apart from pain relief, we focus on finding the cause of your pain and teaching self- management and thereby avoiding the need for surgery. Our treatment may include manipulation, manual mobilisation, deep scar tissue massage, electrotherapy and methods of Mckenzie, Mulligan, Maitland, Kalternborn and the Sarah Key method which are manual therapy techniques for resolving back pain.
We work closely as a team with the best neurosurgeons and orthopaedic spinal surgeons in Dubai, should our findings indicate you may require their opinion or intervention.
All our physios actively participate in sports. Between us we play rugby, tennis, horse riding marathon running, cycling, swimming, triathlon, snow skiing, dance, yoga, football, hurling, martial arts and attend group exercise classes. If we haven’t tried it we are willing to give it a go! (We’ve even been to Bounce and tried the warrior challenge).
Since 2005 we have been the lead physios for the ATP Men’s Dubai Tennis championships, treating world famous men’s singles and doubles players. Similarly we have had enormous fun treating international rugby players at the Dubai rugby 7’s. We also had presence at the Dubai marathon, triathlon and other fitness events. Each physio has an individual specialization including a back and neck specialist, shoulder specialist and hip, knee and ankle specialist. We use manual therapy, manipulation, exercise rehab, sport taping, and dry needling, sports massage among other treatments. We treat any type of sports injury be it recreational weekend “warriors “or the elite athlete , as the health benefits of exercise far outweigh the setback of an injury.
“Our job is not complete until we get you back in the game!”
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Foot and Shoe Analysis
Are you wearing the correct shoe for your foot type? Do you over-pronate? Do you have a flat foot or high arch foot?
We are able to answer these questions and assess how your feet influence your body in relation to other pain you may have, such as back, knee and ankle pain. We treat many foot and ankle conditions including plantar fasciitis, ankle sprain or instability. We supply a good range of affordable insole orthotics to fit into sports, work and leisure shoes, and are trained in custom made foot innersoles for cases requiring more foot control and support.
Kineseo, Taping and Bracing
Bracing is used to support an injured joint which needs stability or protection from re-injury. Braces range from mild support to rigid support depending on what is required, and can be used as part of the rehabilitation process.
There are many types of braces, foot and ankle, knee, back, wrist and elbow all of which we have in stock or custom make for the patient when required. Often they are used post operatively, to control swelling, to enable participation in sport or gym.
Taping is applied directly to the skin for a few hours or sometimes a few days, and unlike bracing once taping is removed it is not used again. Your physiotherapist will decide if taping or bracing is preferable for your case.
Kinesio or sports taping is flexible bright coloured tape, popular currently with active sports, and it should be applied professionally and correctly. It is also used to improve proprioception; the sense of knowing where each part of our body is.
This refers to the rehabilitation of all Orthopaedic surgical procedures which require physiotherapy to restore normal movement, strength and control. We work closely with highly regarded Orthopaedic Surgeons in Dubai and internationally, in the UK, South Africa, Italy, Australia, and Germany.
We will guide you from the immediate post-op stage through to final stages of rehab for full return to work and sport.
We make use of the fabulous gym facilities at the Aviation Club including a large aerobic floor for more active agility and explosive performance rehab.
A modern computer and phone tech lifestyle leads to poor posture and inactivity creating muscle imbalances affecting people from all walks of life. Your clinical Pilates trained physiotherapist performs a core assessment to use as part of treatment for a wide range of body aches pains and weaknesses. Plated exercises taught one to one are individually tailored to correct your muscle imbalance and retrain habits for a supple balanced pain free body.
The Pilates Method focuses on engaging the mind and body to provide total body conditioning that improves posture, lung capacity and reduces stress. Because of the various levels it is suitable and beneficial for all people regardless of fitness level or age. Physiotherapists have clinically adapted the Pilates method for use in preventing and treating back pain and new research has shown good results for overall strength in conditions such as MS (multiple sclerosis) and Parkinsons.
Pediatric physiotherapy assists children developing more independence and maximizes your child’s abilities. A paediatric orthopaedic physio treats bone and muscle pain and injury and has a thorough knowledge of the difference between the growing bones, muscles and tendons of children compared to an adult. We take into account growth spurts versus activity levels and recognise the importance of correct treatment to avoid an injury affecting a child’s growth plates.
We can help with
Orthopaedic and sports injuries – fractures, sprains
· Balance and coordination difficulties
· Birth defects - erbs palsy, club foot rehab
· Genetic syndromes - down syndrome, muscular dystrophy)
· Orthotics, foot innersoles and assistive equipment - AFO, splints, wheelchairs and crutches
Our specialist area of hand physiotherapy focuses on treating all injuries of the wrist, hand and elbow. We treat hand/ finger fractures, tendonopathy, carpal tunnel, joint injuries, nerve injuries, sprained fingers, elbow tendonitis, arthritis, sports injuries and post-operative recovery.
Treatment may include
• Customised splints
• Scar tissue massage
• Joint/soft tissue mobilisation
• Guidance on return to sport and work
• Tailored Rehabilitation exercises and programs, including specific stretches, strengthening and functional exercises.
Ensuring optimal recovery and function of the hand according to the stages of injury healing and your goals are paramount in our approach to successfully treat all your hand injuries.
Yes if you cannot come to us we can come to you!
Physiotherapy home visit service is suitable for patients who find mobility difficult, unable to to get to our clinic, typically multiple trauma, neurology or elderly patients, those with a high risk of falling or generally quite weak to move or bedridden.
Increasing and maintaining independency
Functioning better at home
Allowing earlier discharge from hospital because of care at home.
Preventing falling injuries functional independence
We offer an onsite Workstation assessment which includes an overview of the desk and computer position to find the cause of work related pain and overuse conditions as well as prevention.
We are often called to visit large offices where we do a sweep of an entire office and visit each workstation to physically make changes. We also make suggestions and recommend chairs, sit-stand desks and extras such as foot support, document holders, back supports.
Manual Therapy is a specialized form of physiotherapy, it is a general term used to describe a variety of `hands on` treatment approaches used to treat orthopedic conditions and with excellent results in back and neck pain, shoulder pain and hip pain.
Manipulation (chiropractics) is performed by our physiotherapist for immediate relief of pain and stiffness. Benefits include increasing range of motion, eliminating tissue inflammation, inducing relaxation, facilitating movement and improving overall function in daily life. Our physiotherapists come with a variety of different backgrounds in education and experience from different parts of the world creating an excellent team for tailoring the appropriate treatment for you.
Dry needling is a western method of using acupuncture targeting releasing pain and muscle spasm of tight muscle nodules or trigger points. Dry needling involves the insertion of an acupuncture needle into trigger points within hypertonic muscle; tight muscles across a joint can cause malalignment. Penetration of a normal muscle is painless; however, a shortened, supersensitive muscle will ‘grasp’ the needle in what can be described as a cramping sensation.
The result is a reflex relaxation or lengthening response relaxing the muscle, decreasing pain, and increasing joint motion. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine used to balance your bodies’ energy (Qi). Any change in the bodies Qi can lead to pain and ill health. Traditional acupuncture follows lines of meridians which connect acupuncture points, which can be stimulated or quietened. Acupuncture in physiotherapy is used to treat pain, enhance healing and release tight muscles and myofascia. The clinic follows strict guidelines when performing acupuncture and all needles are single use sterile needles.
Highly recommended for swollen limbs, Lymphatic drainage is a gentle soft tissue massage Technique used to reduce swelling from lymphoedema, stimulate the flow of lymph and remove tissue fluids accumulated because of a compromised lymphatic system. The physiotherapist uses precise sequences of hand, palm and finger movements using gradually increasing.
Then deceasing pressures in the same direction as the lymphatic circulation. Lymph represents around 15% of our body weight but the lymphatic system does not have its own pump (unlike the heart) and relies on movement of muscles in the surrounding area to activate the collection of lymph from surrounding tissues, The highly trained therapist should have thorough knowledge of anatomy of the lymphatic system to know which areas to 'clear' for lymph to be brought from the obstructed areas to where the lymphatic system is working normally.
Lymphatic drainage also has a calming affect on the nervous system and can be used to improve scar tissue and reduce pain, swelling and bruising post-surgery or injury.
Have being called “double jointed”, or able to do “tricks” with your thumbs, fingers, shoulder, hips or even your ears? Or easily pop your joints out of their sockets?
Joints that move too far or too easily are called hypermobile or joint laxity. This may be of good use in sports requiring flexibility such as gymnastics, yoga, dance, swimming but may cause you random unexplained joint pain. Hypermobility with chronic pain can be helped with physiotherapy as joint pain often also comes from the muscles and tendons around the joint with X-rays reporting as normal.
The Beighton score is useful to screen for joint hypermobility:
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If you are able to perform any of these flexible movements in this diagram and also have joint pain in 3 or more joints for over the past 4 months you may have Hypermobility Syndrome.
Pain wears you down, makes you irritable, disturbs your sleep, affects your life negatively and can lead to depression- we can help! It is vital to find a physiotherapist with good knowledge of Joint hypermobility syndrome as there are a complex set of soft tissue symptoms associated with JHS which may include: back pain, neck pain, tendonitis, bursitis, and skin hyper flexibility, joints that dislocate easily, unexplained bruises, digestive issues, eye problems, and overall fatigue.
Specific treatment principles should be followed and the correct diagnosis made including when, and how to exercise regardless if you are competitive or just wish to remain doing you daily activities only.