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Wailuku chiropractor offers cutting-edge alternative treatments for structural issues, disabilities and pain.

July 26, 2012
Sherry Remez , The Maui Weekly

Michael Pascoe, D.C., has developed a unique and passionate approach to chiropractic care. Learning to cure his own injuries provided the path to his fulfilling life's work.

Michael was an extreme athlete from a very young age, collecting thrills--and physical damage. To enhance his performance, he studied Shaolin Five Animals Kung Fu. He studied engineering in college, but became a pro windsurfer sponsored by North Sails and Streamlined Hardware. He continued incurring serious injuries, but kept on going without symptoms until he was 32. His body could no longer adapt to the accumulation of trauma. He was at a crossroads in his life.

A friend recommended a chiropractor. Wanting to avoid surgery, Michael decided to first watch a session. When he saw the chiropractor do an adjustment that closely resembled a martial art "crane strike," it instantly set him on a course to try to solve his own case. As fate would have it, the chiropractor was Dr. Alan Frieder, N.D., N.D.C., now, his mentor, teacher, colleague and one of his closest friends.

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Dr. Michael Pascoe points to the dura tissue that encapsulates the brain. When adhesions occur, they pull on the nerves of the spine and brain and cause pain patterns.

Michael, who describes himself as a "seminar hound," entered chiropractic college, constantly selecting new, specialized techniques to study. In 1966, his interests led him to neurocranial structuring and other techniques that had the most specific and precise approach to rebalancing the body. His education included craniosacral study with Dr. John E. Upledger, the osteopathic physician once featured in Time Magazine as one of America's new-wave innovators.

He also studied with many other chiropractic practitioners renowned in their fields.

Michael began looking for techniques, not only for himself, but those that could be used to help others. He realized that the more traditional chiropractic view, which considers that the cause of pain is subluxations (dislocations) in the joints, was incomplete. The diagnosis of a spinal disc pinching a nerve, for instance, may well be caused by contractions or adhesions in the dura, the sheath that lines the skull, encapsulating the entire central nervous system. So he turned his focus on the structure of the dura.

"This condition can mimic other symptoms and effect misdiagnosis of what is actually going on in the body," Michael explained. He prefers cranial release of the dura and meninges of the brain, which release the spine in a process called "unwinding."

These releases are affected by adjusting the neck. Aware of patient concerns about the low-amplitude, high-speed adjustments of traditional chiropractic, Michael uses what he describes as long-lever, medium-amplitude, medium-velocity adjustment designed to stretch the meninges.

Michael's unique approach has been continually refined over the last decade.

"No one has blended things together exactly in the way that I have in my sacro-occipital technique," said Michael. "Right now, Dr. Frieder and I are developing a protocol involving endonasal release to be taught to doctors through the Soto Technique Association."

In his Wailuku office, Pasco initially focuses on structural work to correct the body's compensation to trauma. Identifying the primary cause of a problem is determined by functional evaluation of the weight-bearing system, neurological evaluation of occulomotor nerve and gait patterns. He then performs meningeal releases, then spinal and weight-bearing adjustments to correct compenations. Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ (problems of the jaw), and foot mechanics are also taken into consideration.

In addition, Michael might prescribe a course of treatment with micronutrients.

"Structural work is the most important," he said. "I restore function to the body by improving posture. When function improves and pain goes away, patients may choose to continue with hormetic nutrients [the biological and toxicological concept that small quantities have opposite effects from large quantities]."

He also offers cold laser treatments using two specific frequencies that improve cellular membrane permeability and aid biological communication in cells relating to pain.

"Cells of the body are a living matrix," he explained. "All cells are radio receptors."

"My method is 85 to 90 percent effective," Michael added. "That's about as good as you can get!"

Contact Dr. Pascoe at (808) 242-7500 or

His office is located at 2070 Vineyard Ave, Ste, 3, in Wailuku.



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