New doctor, non-invasive neurological treatment could help pain relief
Oct. 5, 2010 at 5:05 a.m.
When Dr. Tim Holcomb heard about a newer neurological treatment, he was not only quick to want to learn it, but quick to want to show its benefits to others.
The treatment is known as neurological relief, and is a non-invasive way to treat symptoms such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, migraines, post-stroke problems and other diseases that affect the nervous system.
The treatment has even gone as far as helping people with anxiety and autism, he said.
"I certainly don't think it should be hidden from people," he said.
The Victoria native, who is the only one to perform this type of treatment in the Crossroads, will have a free neurological relief lecture and testing Thursday in his new office.
"This is taking it (neurological treatment) a step further into the 21st century," he said.
So how does it work?
Light pressure is applied to where the neck and brain meet, which relieves tension in the meninges, or the membranes that surround the central nervous system, he said.
Within minutes, a patient can feel relief, depending on the severity of their neurological disease.
There are about 200 centers across the U.S., which is not very many, he said.
Though the technique is not a cure all, Holcomb thinks it should be tried before other more traditional alternatives.
The cost of the treatment varies on a case to case basis and there are no real risks to the treatment, only possible benefits, he said.
"I would like to see this technique done before any surgeries are done," he said.
Holcomb, who has lived in Goliad for the past five years, had worked at his office in North Carolina for 17 years until he decided to come back to his hometown and try something different, he said.
At that office, he would work more on rehabilitation and physiotherapy, he said.
The decision to open a practice in Victoria occurred to him recently, he said.
He would like to make Victoria the place he retires and hopes to be a great asset to the Crossroads community, he said.
"Whatever is best for the patient is what's most important," he said.