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14th Networking Meeting for Healthcare Practitioners in Dubai

Dubai, 19 September, 2016: The Elephant Club hosted its 14th event during which healthcare practitioners discussed the different approaches to injury prevention and management.

Participants included: Anil Daniel Prasad (Physiotherapist, Osteopathic Health Centre), Milos Rankovic (Personal Trainer, Results Fitness), Nuno Goncalves (Osteopath), Nargis Raza (Managing Partner, Osteopathic Health Centre), Paul Cheung (Dr of Chiropractic, Up and Running Dubai), Saifudeen (General Manager, Stryder Health Solutions), Taif Delamie (Head of Strength and Conditioning, Up and Running Dubai), Tina Krombach (Naturopath, Osteopathic Health Centre), William D. Murrell (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon) and Youssef Youssef (Osteopath, Osteopathic Health Centre).

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Training Tips: Osteopathy and Sports Injury

By Osteopath Youssef Youssef

Published in Go Strong Newsletter


I have participated in many sports and athletic competitions and I have come to love the mechanics of all sports. My background is in Kinesiology and Osteopathy. I did my Bachelors of Science, majoring in Kinesiology and Masters in Osteopathy. This allows me to treat and manage a wide variety of sports injuries.

I will keep this post simple but provide the principles of how osteopathy can help with sports injuries and their management.

Many athletes and coaches have not considered osteopathy for treatment of sports injuries as it is not the first approach that comes to mind. The osteopathic approach to sports injuries follows the principles of osteopathy: by looking at the body as a whole; one unit of function.

The first approach is to understand the balance and mechanics of the athlete that is coming in with an injury or the athlete that has an upcoming sports season. To begin with, I will go over the understanding of mechanics of the athlete who is not injured but has an upcoming sports season.

The osteopathic assessment is based on ensuring the athlete is mechanically ready for the sport they are going to participate in. Everything should move relatively smoothly: good muscle balance and joint ranges. I will look for imbalances in the musculoskeletal system, general movements and sport specific movements. The goal of this assessment is to locate any mechanical or muscular dysfunction that can make the athlete vulnerable to an injury. The most obvious injuries are ones that occur due to a direct trauma to an area of the body; but there are also many injuries that occur due to playing the sport with abnormal mechanics which creates sprain and strain to tissues/joints.

If for example there is an imbalance in the athlete’s pelvic/hip movements, this will change how the muscles respond to those same movements as well as how joints above and below the pelvis absorb force. The knee or ankle will adapt a change in its motion as well as the associated muscles and ligaments. These changes may be minute but will have a great effect on muscle tone, ligament laxity or tension and more. This principle is the same for the spine and shoulder as the pelvis is a major contributor to the mechanical movement of the rest of the body. Remember nothing in the body moves in isolation; it’s one unit of function. With these imbalances, if untreated and unmanaged, the athlete will go into the season at risk of sprain and strain injuries. The treatment for this is: manual osteopathic therapy to correct these mechanical imbalances; corrective exercise to maintain and strengthen muscles; and self-treatment exercises and stretches.

The treatment of injured athletes is very similar to what was described above. There may be further imbalances in the body due to compensation from the injury depending on how long the athlete has gone without rehabilitation. The osteopath will find and correct any changes from normal, help with pain and restriction of the injured area, and prescribe home exercises for rehabilitation.

13th Networking Meeting for Healthcare Practitioners in Dubai

Dubai, 29 August, 2016: We are delighted to have fulfilled our commitment to hosting a year of 12 networking events for healthcare practitioners working in Dubai.

During the 13th event, participants discussed case studies on the treatment of headaches and the types of headaches.

Participants included: Abdellah Aboulharjan (Therapist, Festen), Beverley Strathearn (Physiotherapist, Osteopathic Health Centre), Carol Smylie (Specialist Family Medicine, Healthy Bay Polyclinic), Evelyne L.Thomas (Couple and Relationship Therapist, Psychotherapist and Certified Life Coach), Jenny Lynch (Physiotherapist, KUUR Rehab), Matleena Vanhanen (Counselling Psychologist, The Maple Tree Centre), Nargis Raza (Managing Partner, Osteopathic Health Centre), Peter Engmark (Chiropractic/Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Osteopathic Health Centre), Reiss Adams (Sports Therapist, Optimal Therapy) and Steve Chesterfield (Osteopath, Osteopathic Health Centre).

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May 2016: Osteopathy and Sports Injuries by Paul Bell

This workshop is relevant for osteopaths, physiotherapists and other practitioners dealing with sports injuries.

CPD Points: 2.75

Date: 26 May 2016

Fee: AED 250/-

Venue: Bait Al Bahar, Dubai, UAE

About the Workshop

During this workshop, Singapore-based Osteopath Paul Bell (BSc Hon Osteopathy) will review sub-acute and chronic sports injury diagnosis; the role of compensatory mechanisms in recurrent injury; recent concepts and research, including 3D motion and analysis techniques; treatment for sub-acute and chronic over-use injury; and rehabilitation techniques for sports injuries.

About the Speaker

Paul Bell is a highly experienced osteopath and rehabilitation therapist, with 17 years’ clinical experience in injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and pain management. He is the owner and principal osteopath of The Osteopathic Centre in SIngapore, which he founded in May 2008. He runs Continued Professional Development (CPD) programmes for practitioners and has carried out presentations and lectures on osteopathic treatment, sports injuries, ergonomics and pre & post-natal care in Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea. He has also created programmes for large multi-national companies in employee well being, marathon preparation and work place health/ergonomics. For more details, please visit:

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Motor development in prematurely born children: What is the real risk?

By Peter Zakopcan, Physiotherapist Specialist at Osteopathic Health Centre Dubai

There has been a definite improvement in the number of premature and extremely low weight infants who have survived over the last two decades. Unfortunately, low birth weight and prematurity have also significantly increased risk of developing motor disorders in comparison to those born in full term.


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