Alternative Medicine: Chiropractic Care
August 30, 2015 | 12:02 PM
by Hubert Vaz

The Chiropractic Clinic within Al Harub Medical Centre provides an alternative form of complementary health care with long term results that does not require the use of any pharmaceutical drugs or surgery.

Individuals of all ages including pregnant women, children, adults and the elderly can benefit from chiropractic care which improves the function of joints and the nervous system while relieving pain and muscle spasms.

Chiropractic involves diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions affecting the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves.

Chiropractors work on all joints and muscles of the body but concentrate primarily on the spine.

Chiropractic care involves a wide range of manipulative, mobilisation and soft tissues and techniques, designed to relieve tightness, pain, numbness, tingling pins and needles and muscle spasms.

Effective for Aches

The effectiveness of chiropractic care has been demonstrated for decades and is supported by a wide variety of research and medical organisations.

It is employed to treat back/neck pain, sports injury, muscle strains, headaches, Achilles tendon, sciatica, frozen shoulders, whiplash, golfers elbow, arthritis, tennis elbow and repetitive strain injuries (RSI).

The treatment begins with a physical examination during which many questions will be asked, some of which might appear irrelevant but are necessary.

The physical exam assesses your vital signs, muscles, joints and nerves. X-rays may be required. You may not receive treatment during the first visit.

The first treatment lasts about 30 minutes and consists of a report of findings and therapeutic options will be discussed to establish the best course of care. This is followed by a mini examination of the complaint before treatment is administered.

The session concludes with advice and home tuition on managing pain and mobility.

Tissue Manipulation

Most treatments involve manipulation and soft tissue therapy. Manipulations are simple, safe and gentle.

A fast but gentle thrust is directed through the chiropractor’s hands to a specific joint that is dysfunctional.

On occasion a cracking sound of no real significance may be heard. Treatment often results in a relief of symptoms and a feeling of well-being.

However, it is not uncommon to experience temporary discomfort initially.

Therapeutic Options

Additional therapeutic options that may be used include mobilisations, soft tissue techniques, heat, ice, ultrasound, interferential (electrotherapy), activator therapy, ergonomic training and exercises.

Each individual will respond differently to treatment, but a significant improvement in symptoms should be experienced within 6-8 sessions.


(For more details: Al Harub Medical Centre, Al Kharijiya Road, Al Sarooj. Tel: +968-24600750; email: [email protected])

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