chiropractic & therapies

“Most People Think We are Back Pain Doctors.”

Allow Me Enlighten You….

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Chiropractic is a

NATURAL

DRUGLESS

NON-INVASIVE

health care which seeks to RESTORE

your FUNCTION

DOWN TO THE CELLULAR LEVEL.

 

The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is the master controller of all living cells, tissues, and organs; orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions.

how does chiropractic work?

The principle of chiropractic is quite simple: The bony spinal column encases the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) and protects it. Any structural problems resulting from things like injury, postural stress, certain genetic or hereditary conditions, and any biochemical stress stemming from poor nutrition or inflammatory biochemicals released during tissue injury will irritate parts of the nervous system. 

This is why a patient coming in with neck pain, may also experience better sleep and/or less brain fog after chiropractic adjustments.

“We are primarily concerned with locating and treating vertebral subluxations. By doing this, we enable your inborn potential for health to express itself.”

The Vertebral Subluxation

is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular (joint) changes in the spine that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health. 

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The Chiropractor

evaluates the patient’s spine for any vertebral subluxations. If detected, the chiropractor will generally apply a gentle force using hands or instruments in a corrective manner to the affected spinal area. Many chiropractors also address the alignment and function of extremities.

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Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

6 month baby receiving chiropractic on neck
Senior Woman with Back Pain

People of any age can be adjusted.

Proper screenings and precautions are always taken. 

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Techniques Used:

Dr. Melanie delivers hands-on traditional care and integrates a few other techniques specific to the patient’s needs and comfort level. These include drop-table adjusting, instrument adjusting, Webster technique (pregnancy). 

WESTERN Therapies

One or more of the following therapies are integrated into patient sessions. The objective is to help the patient reach optimal functional status beyond the point of pain relief.   

Active and passive therapies play a role in: 

  • Reducing inflammation, pain, spasms, and tension. 
  • Improving flexibility.  
  • Facilitating healthy pathways between the brain and the rest of the body. 

The Result: Her patients sustain improvements from care much longer and develop a deeper awareness of their own habits and external stresses. This helps them to minimize risk of relapses and future injury.  

 

Myofascial Release on Calf

 

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

This is another soft tissue therapy but this one incorporates specific pressure and short strokes to address tissue fiber orientation, functional movement and length. Dr. Melanie uses both guided passive and active movement of the patient’s joints to release muscle and fascial tension. 

 

NIMMO RECEPTOR TONUS 

This trigger point technique is a powerful and very targeted therapy. Since her certification in 1997, she has developed her own protocol for cervical and upper extremity muscle spasms and trigger points. Many patients with chronic and acute neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel or tendonitis conditions benefit from this specific approach to tension release. This is especially beneficial for patients suffering from repetitive stress, “tech or text neck”, golfers, tennis players, and also migraine sufferers. 

 

Kinesiotaping

This therapy became popular during the 1998 Seoul Olympics when athletes sported colorful tape on various body parts and it wasn’t just a new fashion trend! Today it is widely used in therapy offices and in the sports industry. Taping methods are carefully administered to patients for various reasons including inflammation and bruising, support for posture, and biomechanics to facilitate healthy movements and prevent further injury. Dr. Melanie is trained and certified in two methods of taping: the Rock Tape method and Kinesiotaping- the method developed by the founder of taping, Dr. Kenzo Kase

Fit Man wearing Kinesiotape Shoulder and Back

 

Functional Rehabilitation

Dr. Melanie is a firm believer in patients’ active participation in their healing and progress. She employs balance, proprioception training, strengthening, and postural correction protocols. She also uses resistance bands, foam rollers, rocker boards, and balance balls to help patients develop a level of improvement so long-term frequent visits to any therapy or chiropractic office can be avoided. 

Other Modalities used are ultrasound and electrical stimulation.

Woman using foam roller on leg.

EASTERN THERAPIES

Woman receiving cupping therapy on back

CUPPING

Traditionally, cupping is used to draw internal toxins from the tissues and remove congestion. It assists in removing toxins and moving the “qi” through the channels (or meridians). Myofascial cupping targets those stubborn knots, also called trigger point and taut bands or groups of muscles which restrict your movements and cause the aches and pains. Dr. Melanie primarily uses silicone cups which adhere to the skin more effectively while taking patients through various motions. This is what she calls “dynamic cupping”. 

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Man receiving Gua Sha on his back

GUA SHA

Gua Sha is also called coining, spooning, or scraping. It is an Eastern Medicine instrument-assisted soft tissue technique, briskly stroking with pressure over the affected area (spasms, trigger points, shortened/contracted muscles) with lubrication. The instrument used is usually made of jade or horn. Dr. Melanie uses natural massage oil or pain lotion, CBD creme or herbal Chinese or Ayurvedic oils. Gua Sha has an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect. Treatment does cause temporary, harmless reddening of the skin which may last a few days.

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Woman receiving marma point therapy on her head.

 

MARMA POINT THERAPY

There are 107 “marmani” – vital energy points throughout the body, which impact the mind, body and spirit. This is a powerful technique from Ayurvedic Medicine which by gently manipulating these strategic points, a practitioner can influence the flow of “Prana”, the subtle energy and as a result, restore health. Clients are fully or partially clothed and often experience a heightened sense of relaxation, less pain and reduced anxiety. Dr. Melanie uses this technique for several conditions including headaches, stress-related issues and neuropathies. 

Marma Point Therapy has fascinating roots in the South Indian traditional martial art of Kalaripayattu; used to defend the kingdoms in hand-to-hand combat with a strong blow to strategic marma points. As it spread throughout India, it influenced the development of Chinese acupuncture and Kung Fu. Indian warriors used the points for defending, and the physicians used these same points for healing. This dual root origin coming from Ancient Ayurveda was a huge attraction to Dr. Melanie and she continues to advance her knowledge in Marma Chikitsa. You can subscribe HERE to her newsletter for announcements on upcoming courses, video releases and additional info on Marma Point Therapy and more.  

Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches
Treatment of Sports Injuries-Shoulder Condition

Most Popular Reasons Patients Seek Care in Her Practice:

HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES

NECK PAIN & SHOULDER CONDITIONS

FATIGUE AND BRAIN FOG

SPORTS INJURIES AND REHAB

REPETITIVE STRESS CONDITIONS

PREGNANCY & PEDIATRIC CARE

MAINTENANCE CARE

PREVENTION & LONGEVITY

Dr. Melanie has over 23 years of experience as a chiropractor. Her treatment sessions are integrative and include the necessary therapies to achieve optimal health and healing. With the exception of Medicare, she is not in-network with insurance. This allows her to focus completely on her patients’ needs. In turn, her patients can focus on their healing knowing there will be no surprise bills or unpaid claims. Insurance does not reimburse for maintenance care or prevention and this is her focus in practice once her patients reach their initial goals.

 

ABOUT INSURANCE:

Dr. Melanie is a participating provider with Medicare only. She does not  participate with any other insurance plans. Medicare only covers spinal adjustments in acute phase care. They do not reimburse for maintenance, preventive visits, any examinations, therapies, and extremity work.

There are other practitioners at her practice who participate with most insurance plans.

Current Office Location:

Glendale, AZ: Visit Living Pure Chiropractic and Acupuncture www.livingpurechiropractic.com

 

“I’m not the one that cures you. You do the healing. I help remove the interference and provide you with the tools road map to take control of your health. Those who take responsibility for their health, stay regular with spinal care and follow a healthy lifestyle are the ones with greatest potential in achieving better long term health.”

Dr. Melanie