Upper Cervical Chiropractor
Michael Thompson, DC

Many people dismiss chiropractic as being something only for back pain, but chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a wide variety of physical issues, such as migraines and headaches, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, pain due to injury or muscle strain, and much more.

Neurological Relief Technique in Fort Worth

neurologic relief

The Neurologic Relief Centers have developed a simple relief test that determines whether our complete treatment procedure will be effective for the patient who is suffering with severe chronic pain, fatigue, numbness, tingling, migraines, burning, but also symptoms associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Peripheral Neuropathy, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, TMJ, Fibromyalgia, Autism, High Blood Pressure, Insomnia, Failed Surgeries, RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), Trigeminal Neuralgia, Vertigo, Parkinson's and etc.

The relief that comes from the testing is usually profound and lasts from minutes to days. The test is not only diagnostic but also prognostic. Those whose symptoms are relieved by the test will almost always respond to treatment.

Like anything, the test is not perfect, but for those who have symptoms, it almost always brings relief in minutes.


As many as 18 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, a little-understood disorder that causes chronic, widespread pain and hypersensitivity to pressure. Its effects also go far beyond pain, to symptoms including fatigue, sleeplessness, difficulty in concentration, bowel and bladder problems and many others. For many, fibromyalgia syndrome can be debilitating.

The name fibromyalgia comes from the Latin and Greek root words fibro- (fibrous tissues), myo- (muscle) and algos- (pain) — meaning muscle and connective tissue pain. The name is in fact a misnomer. Originally it described what was thought to be fibrous deposits in the muscles that caused pain. While it's true that some patients have muscle spasms so severe that they become fibrous, this has nothing to do with the cause of fibromyalgia.

In the past, fibromyalgia patients were often called hypochondriacs. Many times they were referred to psychiatrists, and it was not uncommon for sufferers to be institutionalized.

Only recently has fibromyalgia disorder gained recognition as a condition that deserves attention. In general, patients are receiving more respect today and are believed when they say they have a problem. But they may still be looked upon as drug addicts, or presumed to have a self-serving motive, when all they really need is someone to believe them and get them help.

Researchers estimate that fibromyalgia affects up to 6 percent of the population, with nine out of ten sufferers being women.

Medical practitioners don't know the cause of fibromyalgia, and while there has been an increasing amount of research over the past 30 years, there is little agreement on what fibromyalgia is and what to do about it. Aside from pressure tests — which themselves are disputed, there are no generally accepted, objective tests for fibromyalgia. In the end, most patients are diagnosed based on differentials — that is, a doctor reviews the history of symptoms and rules out better-known possibilities before determining that "fibromyalgia" is the best description.

Since the cause is unknown, there is no generally accepted treatment for fibromyalgia itself. Instead, doctors focus on relieving the symptoms, through a variety of medications, therapies and lifestyle changes.

Many doctors, in fact, question the existence of fibromyalgia as a distinct clinical entity. The failure of the medical profession to agree on the cause, treatment, or even existence of fibromyalgia has made it difficult for those suffering from the painful and debilitating symptoms to find answers.

The Neurologic Relief Centers takes a broader view of fibromyalgia; it believes fibromyalgia and other conditions are actually caused by compression of the meninges — the three-layered membranes that protect the central nervous system. Our team has created the Neurologic Relief Centers Technique™ a treatment procedure for neurological disorders, including fibromyalgia symptoms. An initial Neurologic Relief Centers test may bring temporary relief and quickly determine if the long-term treatment will benefit the patient.


The Neurologic Relief Centers do not claim to treat fibromyalgia pain and other neurological symptoms. We are moving on the premise that it is a condition of the cervical spine causing an uncontrolled firing of the nervous system.

The aim of our technique is simply to reduce the CSF pressure and/or meningeal compression that causes the symptoms of neurologic disorders.

The uncontrolled firing of the nervous system does not always come about from the same misalignment in every person. This results in different manifestations in different individuals, who understandably must be treated accordingly.

Our procedure involves relieving the meningeal compression. It is a series of techniques that are applied at the appropriate times. Some of these are modifications of standard techniques and some we have developed.

Our objective is to free up the neurological structures that are being encroached upon, thus allowing the brain and spinal cord to return to normal function. In most cases, there is little or no pain associated with this procedure. Where there has been severe trauma and many years in which to develop arthritis in the neck, the treatments may take days or weeks to bring relief.

The length of treatment for most people is generally three times a week over a period of eight to ten weeks (eight weeks usually works the best and is the standard for most patients), the treatment schedule often needs personal customization to meet individual conditions.

This is simply because it is in the nature of fibromyalgia and its causative mechanisms for the vertebrae to quickly return to the abnormal state where it has been for so long. And so it becomes of the utmost importance to hold the correction completely in place while the affected ligaments adjust and the body attempts to maintain this new position.

We have found that the longer the condition is present and the more severe the condition, the more intense the treatment needs to be.


Do's and Don'ts During and After Treatment

  • Do not extend the head for more than a second or two.
  • Do sleep with the head in about the same position as when you are standing.
  • Do not sleep on your stomach.
  • Do use a small pillow to support the head while lying on your back, but do not allow it to push against your neck. The pillow should go from your upper back to your head.
  • Do, while lying on your side, put a pillow under your head, letting it support your neck, so your head is straight with your spine.
  • Do not participate in activities that cause bouncing or jarring of the head for at least six months after treatment. We are trying to get the neck to stay in place. This condition is not like other neck problems and does not respond the same. It has been out of place for quite some time in most cases and will need all of the help it can get to stay there.
  • Do not exercise other than walking during the first two months of treatment. Walk often but do not push yourself during this time. After the first month consult with your treating doctor concerning exercise. When you go home, the first six months are critical to help stabilization. Therefore the same rules apply. An exercise bike is good, or a bike that allows you to sit upright, or something that does not cause you to have to look up.

Post Care

Make sure you keep twice-monthly Stabilization Care treatments and tell your Doctor if you have any returning symptoms.

If you are out of the area you will be assigned a Doctor in your area for Stabilization Care.

Symptoms of Neurological Conditions Include

  • Chronic, widespread pain
  • Painful hypersensitivity to pressure
  • Tingling of skin
  • Numbness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Weakness in the limbs
  • Nerve pain
  • Bowel problems
  • Insomnia or sleep problems
  • Cognitive disorders (called "fibrofog" or "brain fog")
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Decreased attention and ability to multi-task
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Chronic localized pain, including shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain, and hip pain
  • Rashes

Other conditions that are common among sufferers include:

  • Chronic pain of facial muscles
  • Tingling, or "pins and needles" of the skin
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Bladder and urination problems
  • Skin disorders
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Muscle spasms
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Post-stroke symptoms
  • MS
  • RSD

What are Meninges?

meningesThe meninges are a three-part sheath of membranes that, along with the cerebrospinal fluid, cover and protect the central nervous system. The Neurological Relief Centers have developed a system of therapy based on the idea that compression of the meninges - Meningeal Compression - explains fibromyalgia and a myriad of neurologic diseases and conditions.

The outermost part, closest to the skull, is a thick, durable membrane called the dura mater. Its two layers form the outermost meningeal sac that covers the inner membranes and supports the larger blood vessels that carry blood from the brain back to the heart. The dura mater is attached to the skull and the bones that form the vertebral canal.

The middle membrane is called the arachnoid because of its spider-web structure. It serves to cushion the central nervous system.

The innermost membrane is the pia mater, a very thin, delicate envelope that is firmly attached to the surface of the brain and spinal cord. The space between the arachnoid and pia mater is filled with cerebrospinal fluid.

OFFICE HOURS


Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm


Tuesday
Closed


Wednesday
9:00am - 12:00pm
4:00pm - 6:00pm


Thursday
10:00am - 1:00pm


Friday
Closed


Saturday
Closed

Upper Cervical Clinic of North Texas
8651 John T White Road #112
Fort Worth, TX 76120
(817) 449-2549

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