11 January 2018
Chiropractic is generally categorized as an alternative medicine or complementary medicine, which focuses on diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Chiropractors use non-invasive techniques such as deep-tissue massage therapy, acupuncture, and cavitation (popping joints). DrFive editors have analyzed our existing patient reviews, and shared some insight on where to find some of the best chiropractors in Dubai.
Note from editor: We followed the U.S. and Canadian practice of calling chiropractors Drs. although they are not traditional medical doctors.
1. Dr. Salim Khamissa Omar, Canadian Chiropractic & Natural Health Centre
Dr. Omar is a Canadian-educated chiropractor with over 30 years of experience. He is a very well-known chiropractor especially among those who have lived in Dubai for longer years. While he - as well as his clinic - is not so proactive in marketing themselves, patients in general are familiar with them. Patients with back pains due to scoliosis, stress or injuries commented the sessions with Dr. Omar had been very helpful. One comment well describes the overall sentiment of reviewers: "Dr. Khamis helped me in more ways than I thought possible... In one sitting I already feel like a new person, can’t wait for my next sitting"
2. Dr. Gerry Nastasia, Emirates European Medical Centre
Dr. Nastasia is an American chiropractic doctor practicing in Dubai for over 8 years, out of his 27 years of active clinical experience. He is also an examiner at Dubai Health Authority Chiropractic Licensing Panel, and invited speaker at Middle East Rheumatology Conference and Arab Health. We could see reviews from patients who were suffering from chronic pain in their neck, shoulder and back - who previously could not find satisfying remedy from orthopedic or neurospinal doctors - witnessing remarkable improvement after sessions with him. Other patients also recommended combinations of acupuncture or physiotherapy sessions were available at his clinic and helpful as well as the chiropractic.
3. Dr. Neda Nafei, Top Medical Centre & Synergy Medical Center
Dr. Nafei is an American-Iranian chiropractor with over 25 years of experience as a practitioner. Her clinical specialties are soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries from sports, car and industrial accidents, and chronic conditions. Since relocating to Dubai in 2008, Dr Nafei has been providing consultancy and lectures for athletic teams and sports clubs including "Dubai Ladies Club" and "Fitness First". In addition to the improvement in chronic back and neck pain, we could also see reviewers experiencing sessions with her helped relieve back pain during pregnancy. She is also praised for her personality as being a "very kind and compassionate" as well as "inspirational".
4. Dr. Nashila Farrah Jaffer, Pure Chiropractic & Physiotherapy
A UK educated chiropractor, Dr. Jaffer has over 15 years of experience. Her clinical focus is to help patients achieve balanced lifestyles and health through holistic understanding of the cause of pain. We came across reviews where Dr. Jaffer "suggested changes in the workstation and lifestyle that have completely eliminated the problem", in addition to relieving the pain. Back pain during pregnancy has also been a topic frequently mentioned by reviewers: "She truly has magic hands that performed miracles on my back before and whilst I was pregnant".
5. Dr. Nageena Akhtar, Pure Chiropractic & Physiotherapy
Dr. Akhtar is a chiropractor from UK with over 10 years of experience. As a mother of a son with severe autism, Dr. Akhtar worked intensively to help, and assimilate him into main stream school. Consequently Dr. Akhtar developed special interests and expertise in providing chiropractic care to children and babies - although her practice is not limited to younger patients. Reviewers described Dr. Akhtar's treatment as "outstanding", "incredible" and "excellent", which seems to come from "her knowledge, support and reassurance".
6. Dr. Pamela Susan Leader, Emirates European Medical Centre
Dr. Leader is a UK chiropractor who served as the president of the Emirates Chiropractic Association from 2011 to 2012. With 21 years of experience, Dr. Leader is a chiropractor, and her special areas of interest are headaches and lower back pain. Positive reviews are from a very diverse spectrum of issues including knee injury, scoliosis, lower back pain, rib displacement, back pain during pregnancy and patella (kneecap) dislocation. Extra point goes to Dr. Leader's attitude: "she really understands and empathises with the problem and tries to find a solution for the individual".
7. Dr. Gary Fitzgerald, Wellbeing Medical Centre
Dr. Fitzgerald is an Irish chiropractor who studied chiropractic in the UK. He has been an official chiropractor at the Dubai Rugby 7’s (2006, 2007,2008 and 2009), Dubai Half Marathon, Gulf Gaelic Games and Habtoor Polo team. Dr. Fitzgerald strongly believes that only by changing previous bad habits such as posture, diet and exercise can a person achieve long term changes, and prevent future health problems. Here is one compliment you may not to miss: "If he's not your chiropractor, you're missing out on a lot".
8. Dr. Tamara Ghazi, Diversified Integrated Sports Clinic
Dr. Ghazi is an Arab-Canadian doctor of chiropractic who studied chiropractic in the U.S. The founder of her own clinic is known to be specialised in treating myofascial pain utilising different scar-tissue- release techniques. The praises from the reviews are usually directed to Dr. Ghazi and her dedicated team - a strong testament to her treatment philosophy of integrated approach with a variety of alternative medical therapists, including sports medicine as well as physiotherapy.
9. Dr. Emily Johnson, California Chiropractic and Sport Medicine Center
Dr. Johnson is a chiropractor from the U.S. As a mother of two children, she enjoys treating expectant mothers, children, infants and even athletes. Patients with Dr. Johnson recommend her as "never met a doctor who explains things as simple as she does" to help patients themselves follow up on what needs to be done.
Note: This article is not sponsored in any form by any of the above mentioned doctors or facilities. It is written based purely on customer reviews collected by the DrFive editorial team, which is publicly available on the internet. DrFive is not the originator of reviews that this article is based, thus not to be held responsible for the opinions mentioned above. Readers are recommended to regard the above mentioned list as a reference point, and not an authoritative judgement on medical practitioners' expertise.