"Dry Needle" Acupuncture & Chiropractic of Tyler
Dr. Charles R. Dixon, MS, DC
Call 903-570-7080 and for an appointment.

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI):  Magnetic radio frequency energy used to see internal structures of the body, including bone, discs, and nerves without the use of x-rays.  Overall, the most useful technique in the investigation of spinal abnormalities.

Manipulation:  Manual movement of the spinal bones or joints to restore normal function.

Massage Therapy:  A general term to describe various bodywork techniques.

Maximum heart rate: A personís maximum heart rate is based on their age.  An estimate of a person's maximum age-related heart rate can be obtained by subtracting the personís age from 220.  For example, for a 50-year-old person, the estimated maximum heart rate would be calculated as: 220 - 50 = 170 beats per minute.  The maximum heart rate is important for measuring whether exercise is classified as moderate-intensity (50% - 70% of maximum) or vigorous-intensity (70% - 85% of maximum).

Meditation:  A general term for numerous practices where one focuses awareness on one thing such as breath or a short phrase in order to quiet the mind.

Metabolism: All of the processes that occur in the body that  turn the food you eat into energy your body can use.

Moderate-intensity physical activity: To be classified as moderate-intensity, physical activity generally requires sustained, rhythmic movements of an intense enough level to elevate heart rate to 50% - 70% of maximum heart rate.  A person should feel some exertion but should be able to carry on a conversation comfortably during the activity.

Monounsaturated fat: Fats that are in foods are combinations  of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated  fat is found in canola oil, olives and olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados.  Eating food that has more monounsaturated fat instead of saturated fat  may help lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. However, it  has the same number of calories as other types of fat, and may still contribute  to weight gain if eaten in excess.

Muscle Tension:  A state where the muscles are in a general state of contraction.

Muscle Spasm:  A sudden violent involuntary contraction of a muscle or a group of muscles. A muscle spasm is attended by pain and interference with function, producing involuntary movement and distortion.

Muscles: Soft tissues that provide strength and assist with motor ability, or movement. Spinal muscles support your spine as it bends and flexes.

Myofascial Pain:  Referred pain caused by trigger points, or hard nodules in muscle tissue.

Myofascial Release:  Releasing the fascia (the sheath around a muscle) by gentle movements, it may not feel to gentle though. ;^)


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Charles R. Dixon, MS, DC  ~  903-570-7080
1324 S. Beckham Ave. (Corner of 2nd St, Building #2, Suite #244) Tyler TX 75701
Mail: PO Box 1894 Chandler, TX 75758

We feature " Acupuncture Dry Needling for Pain Management" as taught to Dr. Dixon personally by Dr. Yun-Tao Ma PhD.  Dr. Ma teaches Acupuncture Dry Needling based on Neuroanatomy rather than energy meridians. I believe, based on my many years of personal experience treating patients on a daily basis (with acupuncture since 2003), that this is the most scientifically solid acupuncture technique for pain control in a Chiropractic and/or Pain Management office setting. We also feature Spinal Disc Decompression with the Chattanooga DTS Disc Decompression System for Complete Spinal Rehabilitation in cases of Degenerative Disc Disease and Bulged or Herniated Disc in the Lumbar Spine.

Dr. Dixon has proudly served Tyler, Chandler, Brownsboro, and the entire Lake Palestine area since 2001. 
He continues to serve you from Tyler at his new clinic location on Beckham just a few blocks from UT Health & Christus Mother Francis's main hospital campuses. 
Copyright 2000-2021 ~ CHARLES R. DIXON, MS, DC
Dr. Charles R. Dixon is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, he studied Acupuncture under Dr. Richard Yinnie, DC, DABCA, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), and Dr Jon Sunderlage, DC, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac., DABCA, (in 2001-2004) he has a Masters of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction, and was Trained directly under Acupuncturist & Dry Needle Acupuncture Textbook Author Dr. Yun-tao Ma PhD,
Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the thoughts and opinions of Dr. Charles R. Dixon MS DC, unless otherwise noted. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Charles Dixon. Dr. Dixon encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. No portion of this website may be copied, reused or plagiarized in any way.  It is the sole intellectual property of Dr. Charles R Dixon MS DC with all rights and privileges reserved.