Mike Dixon

Mike Dixon RMTMike Dixon is a twenty-eight year veteran of Massage Therapy. He is an educator, a published author, and an international presenter in massage therapy continuing education, particularly Arthrokinetic Therapy. He is also the senior practical advisor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT).

Mike graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1986. He has been teaching at the WCCMT since 1993 and has taught most courses in the practical department. Mike’s focus is in orthopedic assessment and treatments. Mike has also taught at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Mike has trained over 2000 massage therapists and naturopathic doctors. He has developed specialty courses in continuing education for massage therapists and naturopaths in the field of orthopedics and rehabilitation therapy. These courses have been titled “Arthrokinetic Therapy”.

His latest achievement is the release of his new textbook “Joint Play the Right Way for the Axial Skeleton” 2006, which involves a multidimensional approach to treating the spine and pelvis.

Education and Training

  • 1986 West Coast College of Massage Therapy

Experience

  • RMT for 22 years
  • Instructor at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Senior practical advisor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT)
  • Served on the board of the Massage Therapist Association of BC, and that of the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia Canada, since 1986
  • At the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, served on the following committees: Scope of Practice Committee, Curriculum Committee, and the Agreement on Internal Trade of Canada Sub committee
  • Has been on the Advisory Board, Curriculum Committee, Management Committee and Ethics Committee at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.
  • Mike has also served as the Director of Education and Practical Director at WCCMT

Mike is currently, or has in the past, taught the following courses:

  • Central Nervous System assessment and treatment
  • Consolidated Practice
  • Exercise and Rehabilitation
  • Joint Play
  • Massage Therapy I and II
  • Muscle Skeletal Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Peripheral Nervous System assessment and treatment
  • Regional Orthopedics
  • Spinal Orthopedics

Techniques & Treatments

  • Active Stretching techniques
  • Dural mobilizations
  • End loading and Spinal Decompression Techniques
  • Fascial mobilizations
  • Joint play mobilizations
  • Muscle Energy
  • Positional release and approximation Techniques
  • Swedish Massage

Articles

  • “Massage and Multiple Sclerosis; a win win,” Multiple Sclerosis Society Journal, 1999.
  • “The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy treatments on clients with Multiple Sclerosis,” BC Massage Practitioner, Fall 2004.
  • “Iliopectineal Bursitis,” Massage Therapy Canada, Fall 2005.
  • “Joint Play the Right Way for the Peripheral Skeleton,” 1st and 2nd editions, Text book/Training Manual, 2003.
  • “Joint Play the Right Way for the Axial Skeleton,” Text book/Training Manual, 2006.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease” 2014.

Pricing

  • Initial appointments are 50 minutes: $120

  • Subsequent appointments are 50 minutes: $125

Testimonials

Mike Dixon – Reviewed by Google+ Local Review“mike dixon is my new friend…”Mike Dixon is my new friend…i never knew i was so out off wack…he diagnosed and addressed all the issues today..and i walked out with my back straight…i didn’t realise how hunched i actually was until i realised as i walked down some stairs that i wasn’t favoring each step and i could breathe alot easier. I also had my orthodicts made ther too. I loved seeing Victor and Mark and the kind reception all give. :)Rating: 5

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– Reviewed by Google+ Local Review“I would highly recommend Electra and Mike”Mike Dixon massage therapy. What a great experience. I’ve been dealing with a mid-back problem for the last year and a half and this is the first real relief I’ve had. Mike’s approach and massage technique seems to really be getting down to the root problem. It’s been a really positive experience. I would highly recommend Electra and Mike.Rating: 5

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– Reviewed by Google+ Local Review“Mike’s done wonders…”Mike’s done wonders for some soreness in a couple of areas. He’s extremely knowledgeable, which I needed for some custom orthotics. The location above the YWCA is clean and convenient, especially for times and place.Rating: 5

Research Study

Mike Lead the following research study in 2003:

“A research Study of the Effectiveness of Massage Therapy Treatments on Clients with Multiple Sclerosis”: By Mike Dixon and Dr. Lilanna Kordic

Mike’s Spinal Decompression Traction Treatment Table for Low Back Pain

Mike has a specially designed treatment table, which allows him to position clients for spinal decompression and traction mobilizations for the neck, spine, pelvis and sacroiliac joints.

He is able to treat clients with special attention to back pain and compression syndromes. Disc injuries, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, Whiplash, Spondylolisthesis and generalized low back pain are a few of the conditions that require spinal decompression.

Restoring the spinal curves is very important for spinal health and good visual appearances. Increased or decreased spinal curves can put a lot of undue stress on the muscles, vertebrae, joints and discs in the spine. This added stress can lead to severe low back and neck pain. Restore curves for spinal health. Scoliosis and Dowergers humps (upper back forward rounding) can be treated with a specially designed mobilization device. Mike is able to effectively utilize spinal decompression mobilizations with massage therapy for the best outcomes.

Below are a few of the positions that can be utilized with this specially designed spinal decompression table.

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lumbar-traction
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sideflexion
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supine-flexion
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