Chiropractic and Rehab and Therapeutic Modalities
Current Office Locations:
Phoenix, AZ (Arcadia): 4203 E. Indian School Rd. Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ 85018 Click HERE to access hours and new patient forms.
Glendale, AZ : Living Pure Chiropractic and Acupuncture www.livingpurechiropractic.com
Chiropractic is a natural (drugless and non-invasive) discipline of heath which seeks to restore function of the patient on all levels, in fact right down to the cellular level!
The nervous system is the master controller of all living cells, tissues and organs; orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions. So 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.
The practice of 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.
We are primarily concerned with locating and treating vertebral subluxations. By doing this, we allow your inborn potential for health to express itself.
A 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.
The chiropractor checks the patient’s spine for any misalignments, fixations or other abnormalities (vertebral subluxations). If detected, the chiropractor will generally apply a gentle force in a corrective manner to the affected spinal area. So the practice of 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.
People of ANY age can be adjusted!
When necessary, I integrate additional therapies to help reduce inflammation, spasms and tension, improve flexibility and improve neural pathways between the brain and rest the the body as part of the recovery and conditioning process.
I’m certified in Nimmo Receptor Tonus, a soft tissue, trigger point technique and over the years developed my own protocol for cervical and upper extremity muscle spasms and trigger points. Many patients with chronic and acute neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel or tendinitis conditions benefit from my customized treatment. This is especially beneficial for patients suffering from repetive stress, “tech or text neck”, golfers, tennis players and also migraine sufferers.
Gua Sha (also called coining, spooning or scraping) 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. Dias uses matural massage oil or pain lotion 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.
Kinesiotaping 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. Dias is trained and certified in two methods of taping: Rock Tape method and Kinesio Taping- the method developed by the founder of taping, Dr. Kenzo Kase.
Rehabilitation is a major part of her practice. Dr. Dias 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, 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, electrical stimulation and cold laser stimulation.
Dr. Melanie has 19 years experience as a chiropractor and has spent the last thirteen of them in Arizona. She currently sees patients at Living Pure Chiropractic, LLC and employs gentle, hands on techniques to help her patients restore their health. She says ‘I’m not the one that cures you of your ailments. YOU cure yourself. I just help remove the interference and give you the tools and the road map. You unleash your innate ability to heal yourself!” In other words, she always credits her patients for their improvements. The ones who take responsibility for their health and follows her recommendations are the ones who are most likely to succeed in achieving better health.
“Who knew that grad school in middle age would be a ‘pain in the neck?’. Thank you, Dr. Melanie, for ‘straightening me out’ and teaching me how to be smarter about the way I work.”
– Kathy K., Grad Student, Peoria, AZ
“Dr. Melanie has helped my body to heal after a recent car accident. She is so personable and takes the time to get to know me and my complaints. Her office is a place to be calm and relax and when I leave, I feel like I am doing something good for my body.”
– Karen McCue, Peoria Unified School District, Peoria, AZ