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

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Satiety: A mechanism to tell the body that it has had enough food.  The most important satiety compounds are the hormone leptin and the fatty acid oleylethanolamine (OEA).

Saturated fat: A fat that is solid at room temperature.  Fats that are in foods are combinations of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fatty acids. Saturated fat is found in high-fat dairy products  (like cheese, whole milk, cream, butter, and regular ice cream), fatty fresh and processed meats, the skin and fat of chicken and turkey, lard, palm oil, and coconut oil. They have the same number of calories as other  types of fat, and may contribute to weight gain if eaten in excess. Eating a diet high in saturated fat also raises blood cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.

Sciatic nerve:  The nerve that serves the legs and originates from several levels of the lower back. Formed by multiple nerve roots from the lumbar spine; the sciatic nerve  sends signals down the leg to control muscles and  up the leg to provide sensations.

Sciatica:  An inflammation of the sciatic nerve usually marked by tenderness along the course of the nerve through the buttocks, thigh, and leg.

Scoliosis:  An abnormal curve of the spine.

Sedentary: A person who engages in little to no leisure-time physical activity.

Serotonin: A neurotransmitter in the brain that elevates mood and decreases appetite.

Set:  A set is a group of repetitions that you perform without rest.  For example, if you do ten repetitions of a bench press and then place the bar back on the rack and rest, you have just completed one set.  For strength training, most people do three sets of a particular exercise, 10 - 15 repetitions in each set, and a one minute rest between each set.

Slipped Disk:  Herniated disk where material from the disk pushes through the outer lining of the disk (see Disc Herniation).

Spina Bifida:  A congenital defect of the spine in which the arches of the lower lumbar spine fail to form over the spinal cord,  leaving the cord unprotected.

Spinal canal:  The opening at the center  of the spine through which the spinal cord runs.

Spinal cord:  The root section of the  central nervous system going down from the brain  through the spinal column, where it divides into  nerves.

Spinal column:  The spine.

Spinal Fracture:  Broken vertebrae in the spine.

Spinal cord:  The column of nerve tissue that runs from the brain to the lower back.

Spinal fusion:  A process in which the disc and cartilage is removed from between the vertebrae, and bone grafts (often harvested from the pelvis) are placed between or alongside the vertebrae to join the bones together.

Spinal stenosis:  A narrowing of the spinal  canal, that compresses the spinal cord  and/or the nerve roots, cutting off their impulses  to the muscles of the leg.

Spondyloarthopathy:  A group of disorders that causes inflammatory arthritis of the spine.

Spondylitis:  Inflammation of the spine generally caused by an infection.

Spondylolisthesis:  A spinal abnormality in which there is an anterior displacement of a vertebra on the one below, often resuting in back pain. 

Starvation metabolism: The slowing of the basal energy expenditure caused by chronic underfeeding, leading to a reduction in the rate at which the body burns calories and an increase in the rate at which the body attempts to store fat.

Stenosis:  Narrowing of a portion of the spinal canal, usually because of bony overgrowth (see Spinal Stenosis).

Strength training: This helps you tone muscles and lose fat. It also helps to keep your bones keep your bones strong-which helps you avoid fractures as your bones weaken with age.

Subluxation: A misalignment in the bony structures of the spine. Subluxations can create pressure or irritation on the various nerves in your spine, and can cause a wide variety of symptoms throughout your body, such as localized pain, soreness, irregularity, and weakness. When pressure is applied on a nerve in your spine, the nerve energy is interrupted, and sometimes this can profoundly affect the function of other systems or organs in your body.


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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 Chandler, Tyler, Brownsboro, Murchison, Edom, Ben Wheeler,
Frankston  & 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 ETMC's main hospital campus. 
Copyright 2000-2018 ~ CHARLES R. DIXON, MS, DC
Dr. Charles R. Dixon is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, has a Masters of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction, was Trained directly under Acupuncturist & Author Dr. Yun-tao Ma PhD,
is a Fellow of the American Society of Acupuncture & is certified in Auriculotherapy as well.
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.