This groundbreaking approach is rooted in the belief that compression of the meninges (the protective coverings of the brain and spinal cord) in the cervical spine region of the neck may cause symptoms found in many neurological disorders. Meningeal decompression therapy can provide welcome relief for symptoms of a number of debilitating, but little-understood conditions, including:
- Chronic pains.
- Irritable bowel syndrome.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Mood disorders.
A simple relief test can determine whether our complete meningeal decompression treatment procedure will be effective for the patient who is suffering with manifestations of meningeal compression.
Patients who may benefit from this test and subsequent meningeal decompression therapy often suffer from such symptoms and conditions as:
- Severe chronic pain.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Peripheral neuropathy.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).
- High blood pressure.
- Failed surgeries.
- RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy).
- Trigeminal neuralgia.
- Parkinson’s disease.
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.
How does meningeal decompression work?
While there is yet no cure for fibromyalgia and some related neurological disorders, our clinical view is that a condition of the cervical spine often can cause an uncontrolled firing of the nervous system, resulting in the pain and other symptoms many patients experience. The aim of our technique is simply to reduce the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure and/or meningeal compression that causes the symptoms of neurologic disorders. Our procedure involves relieving the meningeal compression. It is a series of techniques, applied at the appropriate times. 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. In cases in which prior neck trauma and/or the development of arthritis in the neck over an extended time, treatments may take days or weeks to bring relief.
How long does meningeal decompression take?
The length of treatment for most people is generally two or three times a day over a period of eight to 10 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. The therapy is intense because it is in the nature of fibromyalgia and its causative mechanisms for the vertebrae to quickly return to the abnormal state it has existed in 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’t”s During and After Treatment
To increase the effectiveness of meningeal decompression as a therapeutic course of treatment, there are several proactive and preventative measures of which patients should be mindful:
- 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.
- Do not allow the small pillow to push against your neck. The pillow should go from your upper back to your head.
- Do put a pillow under your head if you are lying on your side, 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. The neck has been out of place for quite some time in most cases and will need all of the help it can get to stay in proper position.
- 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.
Make sure you return for twice-monthly Stabilization Care treatments, and be sure to tell your doctor if you have any returning symptoms.