St Kilda Chiropractor
We’re experts in muscle & joint pain.
We’re very experienced, highly qualified and gentle.
Every patient has individualized care, selected from a wide range of therapeutic approaches.
For a healthier you – we do a lot more than just treat the symptoms.
Dr Jerome Dixon is a graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Science [Major in Chiropractic] at RMIT University.
Furthermore he has completed a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Biochemistry & Microbiology at La Trobe University; and has also completed key components of the undergraduate program in Dietetics at Deakin University.
Dr Dixon is the Editor of www.headache.com.au a head pain information site and Victorian Government BetterHealth content channel partner. He also is a member of COCA- the evidence based Chiropractors & Osteopaths college of Australasia.
Dr Jerome Dixon and Associates use a considered approach to each individual patient, this has evolved over 15 years of clinical experience.
Therapeutic approach is dependent upon the History, Diagnosis and severity of the condition, as well as any contraindications to care.
A number of modalities have been refined over time: including SOT (Biomechanical wedges ‘Blocks’), Activator, Mobilisation & Stretches, Soft tissue therapy, Trigger Point therapy, Cox Flexion distraction-specialized traction table, and gentle-specific spinal Adjustments and manipulation.
These techniques are selected according to the patient; ranging from elderly people with Osteoarthitis and Osteoporosis, to Sports people to infants.
There are generally 3 types of care:
1. Acute/Relief Care:
Pain relief and restoration of capacity (basic movements) is the priority. Symptoms may subside quickly over a couple of visits, or over a few weeks- depending upon severity and chronicity.
This is where we restore better function/flexibility/ movement so that a relapse is less likely, and healing is optimal. Rehabilitation takes time, weeks and often months depending how advanced problems or degeneration is.
3. Supportive/Preventative Care:
This is highly recommended to patients with Chronic (long term) problems/ a history or recurrent relapses/ or simply a desire for prevention or maintaining optimal flexibility. Patients often elect to receive supportive or preventative care because it makes sense- why wait for the next relapse or allow degenerative issues to progress unchecked. The Arthritis Foundation’s logo is “move it or loose it”, for obvious reasons- its important to maintain flexibility and stability.
Soft Tissue Techniques
Postural / Lifestyle / Exercise / Dietary advice
1.What is the Diagnosis?
The 1st treatment usually defines the diagnosis and allows us to provide some treatment and treatment tolerance evaluation.
2.Does the treatment hurt?
3.Whats the difference between Chiropractors and Physiotherapists?
4.What are my Chiropractor’s credentials?
5.How often do I need treatment?
Generally speaking our priority is to get you out of pain asap. Appointments may be close together until you are more comfortable and the pain is less severe, then the focus shifts more to ‘function’- in other words restoring normal movement and flexibility so that a relapse is less likely (this usually involves less frequent but regular checkups 1-2 weekly)
Finally, in cases where relapses are frequent or inevitable- it often makes sense to get a regular checkup to prevent tightness or poor function causing a relapse. Regular checkups are often a logical approach to longer term issues and chosen by the patient- typically appointment frequency varies from 4 to 6 weekly treatment visits, with lifestyle, postural and exercise advice.
6.Should I get a periodic check up?
Periodic checkups can also minimise progression of degeneration and repetitious injuries, because it assists to normalise joint and soft tissue function and mobility. Conversely, you wouldn’t bother with a periodic check up in the case of good musculoskeletal health/ function and a one-off injury that was rehabilitated.
7.Do I need to disrobe or wear a patient gown?