Chiropractic Care

In line with our commitment to be a one-stop shop for wellness, beauty and recovery, Massage Bliss and Cryo is proud to offer premier chiropractic care. Conveniently located in Sachse, TX, at Massage Bliss and Cryo, patients can receive regular chiropractic care and adjustments without a lengthy commute into a major metropolitan area. Resident chiropractor, Dr. Sharon Dunagan, brings over 30 years of experience to her onsite practice. Her steadfast commitment to improving a patient’s overall quality of life, combined with her skill in providing holistic, compassionate care, make her a perfect fit for our wellness center.

Leading Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic care focuses on the human musculoskeletal system.  It can effectively treat bone, muscle and joint pain.  Seeking to identify the sources of pain, chiropractic care is designed to not only treat immediate issues, but also make corrections so as to avoid future pain.  Using specific manual adjustments and targeted techniques that focus on the structural integrity of the body, chiropractic care is designed to produce long-term results.  Chiropractic treatment is often an alternative to pain medication, though it can be an adjunct to traditional medical care.  At Massage Bliss and Cryo, we focus primarily in the use of three leading chiropractic techniques:

Diversified (DCT) – a traditional chiropractic application that uses high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts to induce cavitation of a joint

Thompson Drop –  the incorporation of a specialized, segmented table to facilitate the opening of joints during treatment

Activator Method – the utilization of spring-loaded appliances to deliver more targeted manipulation, when warranted

Sports and Fitness Chiropractic Care

Whether you are a competitive athlete, a weekend warrior or easing your way to greater fitness and health, chiropractic care can ensure you stay on top of your game.  Sports-focused chiropractic therapy can treat injuries, ease pain, promote healing and boost performance.  Modalities will vary based on the situation, but treatment might include stretching, soft tissue work, dry needling, muscle adhesion and scar tissue scraping, deep massages, traditional chiropractic adjustments and techniques designed to increase range of motion.

Injury Recovery
When you are injured, you want to get back to overall wellness as quickly as possible. Chiropractic care can help you get there safely. It begins with a thorough assessment of why you are experiencing the pain.  Importantly, sports chiropractic care can prevent injuries that may result from misalignment and overcompensation due to injury or fatigue.  The chiropractic practitioner finds and treats the source of the pain.  S/he puts a plan in place for healing and educates you on any changes necessary to stay injury-free.

Competitive Advantage
When you are looking for an edge, chiropractic care can help with post-workout recovery and strength conditioning.  Targeted therapies can boost joint strength, soothe muscle soreness and improve circulation to promote faster healing and recovery.  As with injury recovery, the chiropractor will guide you through alterations designed to keep you from getting injured as you progress.

PRICING

Session Options:

First Visit: $25

Single Session: $40

3 Sessions / Month: $65 – “Use it or Lose it” (MEMBER ONLY OFFER)

5 PK Session – $125

Student Physicals: $25

Chiropractic Benefits

Benefits may include:

  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Reduces recovery time
  • Enhances immune system
  • Improves oxygenation
  • Increases nutrient flow
  • Reduces stiffness and pain
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Improves digestive function
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Encourages tissue regeneration

Chiropractors may also help relieve pain or symptoms related to:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Colic
  • Frequently occurring colds or the flu
  • Gastrointestinal Syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Loss of Equilibrium
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Joint Disorders
  • Tendinitis
  • and MORE………

Dr. Sharon Dunagan

Dr. Sharon Dunagan grew up in Oklahoma.  From an early age, she wanted to be a doctor, though she didn’t know what speciality she would choose.  Then, in high school, she was involved in an automobile accident.  Her medical doctor wanted to prescribe medications to manage her pain, but Dr. Dunagan was hesitant.   A friend suggested seeing a chiropractor.  She was treated and was able to walk without pain or medications after the first week of care. Dr. Dunagan had such a great experience with her chiropractor that she decided she wanted to become one.

She began her journey at Northern Oklahoma College and later Oklahoma State University. She then attended Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri, graduating in 1990.  Upon finishing her board exams she moved to Illinois and practiced with a large multi-office group for a few years before moving to Texas, where she maintained private practices in both Richardson and Garland.  Today, with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Dunagan brings invaluable insights and seasoned skills to her patient care.

Dr. Dunagan lives in Wylie with her husband, daughter and several rescue pets, including two dogs and a guinea pig. Her hobbies include reading, spending time with family, and watching sports, her favorites being football, soccer and hockey.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches…particularly with their highly skilled  manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation, when performed by a skilled and well-educated professional such as a doctor of chiropractic, is a remarkably safe procedure.

Some reports have associated high-velocity upper neck manipulation with a certain rare kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection. However, evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously in patients who have pre-existing arterial disease. These dissections have been associated with everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon. Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care—often at the office of a doctor of chiropractic or family physician—but that care is not the cause of the injury. The best evidence indicates that the incidence of artery injuries associated with high-velocity upper neck manipulation is extremely rare—about one to three cases in 100,000 patients who get treated with a course of care. This is similar to the incidence of this type of stroke among the general population.

If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.

When discussing the risks of any health care procedure, it is important to look at that risk in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition. In this regard, the risks of serious complications from spinal manipulation for conditions such as neck pain and headache compare very favorably with even the most conservative care options. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain—over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers—are significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation.

According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, people taking NSAIDS are three times more likely than those who do not to develop serious adverse gastrointestinal problems such as hemorrhage (bleeding) and perforation. That risk rises to more than five times among people age 60 and older.

Moreover, the number of prescriptions for powerful drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone have tripled in the past 12 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that abuse of these commonly prescribed painkillers are among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Overdoses of opioid painkillers are responsible for some 15,000 deaths per year; that’s more than the number of deaths from cocaine and heroin combined.

Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.

A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC. 

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

Chiropractors are being recognized to admit and treat patients in hospitals and to use outpatient clinical facilities (such as labs, x-rays, etc.) for their non-hospitalized patients.  Hospital privileges were first granted in 1983.

Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at more than 60 major veterans medical facilities. 

Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more. Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures. In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education, an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands–or an instrument–to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment. 

The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.

Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.