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Chiropractic Adjustments are for the purpose of reducing the effects of the "subluxation complex" in the spine and throughout the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Regular Chiropractic care can restore and then help maintain natural movement in the joints of the spine (as well as other joints in the body) and this is vitally important in order to assure that the nerve "messages" are interpreted correctly both to and from the brain as well as to prevent further degeneration of an unhealthy joint. Nerves are the connection that allows the brain to run almost every single function in your body and almost every function, including autonomic (automatic) functions, in your body can be effected by a nerve that is not operating correctly due to interference of some type.
Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Control AKA: Dry Needling - A Medical Approach
What is the "Biomedical" approach to acupuncture?
Unlike traditional acupuncturists I do not evaluate and balance the energy meridians for you to heal yourself. I evaluate certain tender points along nerve pathways as well as within muscles to determine how to proceed with your treatment.
I utilize a system of acupuncture developed by Dr. Yun-tao Ma Ph.D. called "Biomedical Dry Needle Acupuncture for Pain Management". It is based on the experience of generations of acupuncturists as well as modern medical neuro-anatomy. Because of this system, I am able to target your pain very specifically on your first visit to my office. Let me clearly explain that I target the specific nerves responsible for transmitting your pain signals to your brain and I do so at three different levels. I do not treat "meridians of energy" even though many of the points may be the same. I treat the muscles and the area that the nerve attaches to the muscle, that is one way acupuncture works and it has been proven to be how Biomedical Dry Needle Acupuncture works to treat pain.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome can effect muscles and the associated fascia all over the body and can cause pains that are not easily explained. In many cases Trigger Points are also involved.
Myofascial Release often involves the patient actively moving a muscle or muscle group while the doctor or therapist applies pressure to a specific area in an attempt to break up restrictions in the fascia. This may also be done passively (without active patient movement) or with an instrument. Click here to continue reading.
Spinal Disc Decompression Therapy is a special name for the effect caused by this traction based treatment where a negative pressure, like a vacuum, is temporary caused inside the disc, that can have a profound effect on the healing process due to increased contact with the blood supply and fibroblast migration (called the phasic effects). This is in addition to the pain relief created neurologically by stretching soft tissue (like stretch receptors and mechanoreceptors) which makes Decompression therapy a logical and viable addition to many pain care regiments. See the diagram below to help you get a visual of how the herniated/bulging disc might look.
The Spinal Decompression Table is designed to apply distraction tension to the patient’s spine without eliciting reflex paravertebral muscle contractions.
Decompression therapy is very affordable and much safer than surgery, as long as your condition is right for it. Spinal Decompression/Traction is highly recommended by Neurological Research. It was found that out of 778 cases of patients receiving spinal decompression 92% said that they showed improvement (Neurological Research; Volume 20, Number 3, April 1998).
The Redneck Rollerbed© was invented by Dr. Dixon in 2005 while trying to help a patient that got relief from using the intersegmental traction table (aka: the rollerbed). "I first thought of notching out a foam roller for patients to use at home, but that was a lot of trouble". The foam roll was also hard on the spinous processes of the spine and it didn't really dig in to the muscles on each side of the spine like I was hoping for. That's when I thought to use 2 Lacrosse balls in a sock, I was already recommending them for working the piriformis muscle to relieve sciatic pain, and that worked pretty well but it was still really hard so some patients didn't like that. The good news was that it could be modified to be a little softer for different patients by using different balls. Tennis balls were a little less dense and Racquet balls were even softer so there was a flavor for every sensitive back. You could use them while sitting and leaning back into a firm chair or lying on the floor (be careful with this one, it can be rough, so watch the instructional videos first please, and use them at your own risk). Since then I have adapted the Redneck Rollerbed© to use all sorts of balls , whatever was available cheap and easy to find for patients. Then I found some large toy balls at 5 Below in Irving but they never have the same thing twice (LOL). Later I found giant tennis ball looking Dog Toys from Atwoods! They are the size of softballs but there are no hard threads to hurt your back and they are as firm as giant Lacrosse balls. So the Redneck Rollerbed© is an idea born out of necessity.
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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. 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.