Category Archives: Pain Management

Start School Strong: Chiropractic Care for Your Children



The end of summer means the start of a new school year – is your child ready to start the year strong? From carrying heavy backpacks to getting injured while playing team sports, active school-aged children are increasingly at risk for musculoskeletal injuries. Our Fort Worth chiropractic care and wellness team Dr. Chris and Nancy Michlin provide innovative chiropractic treatments tailored to each patient’s unique health needs. Did you know that treatments like atlas orthogonal adjustments are safe and effective for school-aged children, too?

Fort Worth Pediatric Chiropractic Care Benefits

Helping your child grow into a healthy, active adult starts with the right supportive care in childhood. Here’s how pediatric chiropractic care from Back To Health Family Chiropractic can make a difference for you children!

Treat musculoskeletal injuries. Falling down and getting knocked around while playing team sports like soccer or football is a fact of life for most active children. However, while children may seem to bounce back very quickly after an injury, in truth, the internal recovery process can take much longer. A spinal misalignment from a sports injury could affect your child’s healthy, natural development for years to come. For example, spinal misalignments can interfere with optimal nervous system activity and impact the brain’s ability to communicate with the body. Maintaining proper spinal alignment is essential for your child’s health.

Support correct posture. Is your child’s backpack weighing him or her down? Overweight backpacks can cause a host of health problems for children, including poor posture. Your child may lean forward in an attempt to better support the weight, which can lead to hunched shoulders, neck strain, lower back strain, and recurring pain. While reducing the amount of weight that your child carries is important, so too is supporting correcting spinal alignment. Atlas orthogonal adjustments correct the top bone (the atlas bone). This brings alignment back to the entire spine, much like aligning a chain. Correct alignment supports proper posture and reduces the risk for chronic pain.

Could your child benefit from chiropractic care? Contact our Fort Worth family chiropractor today for more information on pediatric care.


4 Steps to Build a Natural Defense against the Cold & Flu

As we get ready to welcome the upcoming holiday season, we’re also ringing in the cold and flu season, too. Unfortunately, many of us wait until the onset of cold and flu symptoms to even start thinking about building up our body’s natural defense. That’s too late! Don’t wait until you’re already sick to take action; now is the time to mount a strong defense to stay healthy all winter long.

Stop Colds & the Flu: Build Your Defense Now!

Our chiropractor Dr. Chris Michlin and Certified Health Coach Nancy Michlin recommend the following steps to build a stronger immune system:

  1. Boost natural immunity. A healthy immune system is closely connected with a healthy nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Misalignments in the spine can adversely impact your nervous system’s ability to communicate between the brain and organs, in addition to weakening your immune system. Atlas and full spine chiropractic adjustments not only bring correct alignment to the entire spine, they also support proper functioning of the whole body.
  2. Eat a balanced diet. Resist the temptation to overindulge this holiday season and instead boost your natural immunity with a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, garlic, onions, minerals like zinc, and herbs like Echinacea. During the winter months, garlic is an excellent ingredient to add to soups, stews and sauces. Garlic has been used for more than 5,000 years for it natural antibiotic properties and general immunity.
  3. Wash your hands with the right soap. Dr. Michlin and Nancy Michlin use Dr. Bronner’s All-One soap for regular hand washing in addition to all-purpose cleaning. Dr. Bronner’s soaps are made from natural, sustainably sourced ingredients for safe, effective cleaning. Antibacterial soaps break down your immune system instead of enhancing it. Washing your hands is a great way to avoid sickness, just make sure you use natural soaps!
  4. Be smart about stress management. Stress weakens the immune system, leaving you more susceptible to the cold and flu. If you are feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, our certified health coach Nancy Michlin can help. Our sister company, Back To Health 4 Life!, helps patients effectively manage stress as part of our comprehensive  Get On B.A.S.E.! (Breathe! Act! Eat! Smile!) wellness coaching program.

For more information on how to strengthen your natural immunity, contact the Back To Health Family Chiropractic team today!

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Manage High Blood Pressure



Have you recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure? Our Fort Worth chiropractor Dr. Chris Michlin and certified Health Coach Nancy Michlin offer a safe, effective alternative to traditional blood pressure management. Typically, patients with high blood pressure are told by their doctor to take medication. At Back To Health Family Chiropractic, our Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist Dr. Michlin offers an alternative approach that manages high blood pressure naturally.

The Dangers of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure damages the arteries, increasing the risk for coronary artery diseases, an enlarged left heart, and heart failure. High blood pressure can also damage the brain and kidneys, increasing the risk for a host of serious health problems including stroke, dementia, and kidney failure. High blood pressure can also indirectly impact other areas of your life, contributing to issues like erectile dysfunction in men. Maintaining a normal blood pressure helps you life a longer, healthier and more active life.

Further reading on the dangers of high blood pressure from Mayo Clinic: High Blood Pressure (hypertension).

Fort Worth Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist Manages High Blood Pressure

Dr. Michlin is the only Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist in North Texas. The specialized Atlas Orthogonal adjustment is a safe, effective drug-free option for regulating high blood pressure. The atlas vertebrae is the top vertebrae of the cervical spine. Adjusting the atlas vertebrae brings the entire spine into alignment and improves communication between the brain and the body. Atlas orthogonal adjustments from our Forth Worth chiropractor Dr. Michlin can help regulate high blood pressure and support overall health.

Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling Nourishes Wellness from Within

At Back To Health Family Chiropractic, we follow a holistic approach to whole body health. We look at all lifestyle choices, including nutrition, exercise, meditation, and stress reduction, as opportunities for enhancing health and reducing blood pressure.  Nancy Michlin’s health coaching is a natural complement to chiropractic care. Fort Worth Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist Dr. Michlin and Nancy work closely together to ensure seamless care for our patients.

Live Your Best Life:  Visit Back To Health Family Chiropractic

High blood pressure is a symptom of bigger health problems in your body. Dr. Michlin and Nancy Michlin can help you take control of your blood pressure and your overall health. Call us today to schedule your personal consultation.

Effective Fibromyalgia Treatment Must Address the Root Cause for Pain



Fibromyalgia is a challenging health disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, memory difficulties, and mood imbalances. One of the most frustrating aspects of fibromyalgia is how mysterious this condition can seem. Symptoms can seemingly appear out of nowhere. Sometimes symptoms follow a period of physical trauma, infection or psychological stress. In other cases, there is no single trigger. Many patients who come to us are feeling hopeless: they are on multiple medications that provide little real relief, they feel chronically exhausted, and their bodies ache so much their quality of life has been compromised.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, do not lose hope. Fort Worth chiropractic care can make a difference for your health, providing real pain relief and empowering wellness from within.

Fibromyalgia Pain Relief Starts with Nerve Interference Removal and Whole Body Care

At Back To Health Family Chiropractic, our Fort Worth chiropractor believes that a holistic approach to fibromyalgia treatment delivers the best possible results for patients. Dr. Chris Michlin and certified health coach Nancy Michlin provide complementary services that together address the root cause for pain and support whole body health from within.

Our approach to care begins with gentle chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Michlin is the only Fort Worth and North Texas chiropractor who is board certified to provide Atlas Orthogonal adjustments, a specialized adjustment that brings alignment to the top of the vertebra chain. Neurological interference at the base of the skull and brain stem is an underlying trigger for many fibromyalgia symptoms. While chiropractic care cannot “cure” fibromyalgia, Atlas Orthogonal adjustments can remove the neurological interference that is intensifying a patient’s pain. Atlas Orthogonal adjustments are unique suited to addressing underlying nerve interference and supporting whole body health from within.

Our Approach to Care: Removing Nerve Interference & Enhancing Whole Body Health

Atlas Orthogonal adjustments form the cornerstone of our fibromyalgia treatment plans. Additionally, we do encourage the integration of complementary wellness care services. Regular spinal care paves the road to good health. Nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice from health coach Nancy Michlin will help keep patients continuing down the road to good health. Our number one mission is to alleviate your pain and help you live a healthy, active life!

How Our Chiropractor in Fort Worth Treats Rib Pain



Are you suffering from rib pain? If so, it’s natural to feel frustrated with conventional approaches to care. Many medical providers take a “wait and see” approach or recommend medication to minimize pain symptoms. Unfortunately, a “wait and see” approach and medication won’t address the root cause of pain. Worse, depending on the location of your rib pain, it could later be confused with heart disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This can lead to unnecessary treatments that never address the real cause of your pain.

Dr. Chris Michlin is the only chiropractor in Fort Worth who is the only Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist in North Texas. He provides atlas orthogonal and/or activator adjustments to address rib pain.

3 Things You Need to Know About Rib Pain

1. Ribs are connected to the spine and sternum.

The rib cage includes the sternum (breastbone), the 12 thoracic vertebrae and 12 pairs of ribs. Each rib forms two joints with the thoracic spine in the mid-back. If one or both of these joints becomes restricted, you may experience pain in the chest or the back or a radiating pain sensation from the ribs.

2. Back pain could be a symptom of rib joint restriction.

Common symptoms of rib joint dysfunction include pain in the back, typically underneath the scapula or shoulder blade. You may experience sharp pain when breathing, especially inhaling or pain sensations that “wrap” from the chest to the back.

3. Atlas orthogonal adjustments can help relieve rib pain.

The spine is like a chain-link fence. If a single vertebra is out of alignment, this misalignment can impact the entire spine. This includes the joints that connect in the mid-back with the ribs. Atlas orthogonal adjustments are designed to bring correct alignment back to the spine. Adjustments from our chiropractor in Fort Worth may help to address joint restriction in the thoracic spine and where the anterior joints connect with the sternum. Dr. Michlin also uses an activator for rib adjustments. With the activator, he is able to adjust right at the sternum, at the spinal column, and around the entire rib cage for an immediate alignment.

Call Back To Health Family Chiropractic Today!

Dr. Michlin, the only Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist in North Texas, provides drug-free treatment for rib pain. Schedule Your Appointment with Back To Health Family Chiropractic Today: Call 817-810-9111

How Chiropractic Care for MS Can Make a Difference



A Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming. At Back To Health Family Chiropractic, Fort Worth chiropractor Dr. Michlin is here to help. Dr. Michlin provides comprehensive, holistic care that supports whole body health from within. This approach can help patients eliminate or better manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life by addressing nerve interference.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Atlas orthogonal care addresses nervous system interference.
    A misalignment in the atlas vertebra (the top of the cervical chain) can impact the brain’s ability to effectively send and receive messages. Atlas adjustments help to bring correct alignment back to the cervical spine, which reduces nervous system interference.
  2. Impingement at the brain stem can block cerebral spinal fluid flow.
    A 2011 study conducted by FONAR found that impingement at the brain stem may impact cerebral spinal fluid flow. Atlas adjustments may help to improve this flow in patients medically diagnosed with MS.
  3. Customized care makes a difference 
    Dr. Michlin works closely with each patient to design a customized care program that addresses their specific wellness needs. At Back To Health Family Chiropractic, we recognize that each patient is different and faces unique health concerns. Our customized approach can integrate nutritional counseling and wellness care to enhance a patient’s whole body health from within.

Next Steps: Improve Your Health with Atlas Orthogonal Care

Curious how our Fort Worth chiropractic care could enhance your life? We invite you to read more about the benefits of atlas orthogonal care and MS in our “MS Success Stories.” Our patients share their personal experiences with how chiropractic care has made a difference in their lives.

Call us today at 817-810-9111 to schedule your appointment today with the only Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist in North Texas, Dr. Michlin.

How Fort Worth Chiropractor Address Scoliosis



Has your child recently been diagnosed with scoliosis? A scoliosis diagnosis can be both overwhelming and scary. Curves that measure over 25 degrees may progress into adulthood, impacting your child’s quality of life and health. Scoliosis may also cause unexpected and debilitating side effects, like severe headaches. As a parent, you want the best for your child, and it’s natural to worry about which scoliosis treatment will be most effective for your child’s needs.

At Back To Health Family Chiropractic, Fort Worth chiropractor Dr. Chris Michlin has helped families just like yours navigate scoliosis diagnosis and treatment.

Why Traditional Bracing May Not Be Effective for Scoliosis Treatment

Scoliosis treatment typically involves a full metal brace to correct spinal curvature. Unfortunately, this treatment approach is not always the most effective option. Bracing is designed to halt curve progression. However, hard braces have a number of downsides, including the loss of muscular strength and joint stiffening. A scoliosis brace can also stress the ribs and constrict breathing and bone growth.

Scoliosis and Chiropractic Care: What You Need to Know

Children who are at a high risk for curve progression based on their age, skeletal maturity and curve measurement at diagnosis may benefit from a combination of chiropractic care that integrates Atlas Orthogonal adjustments and full spine care. Benefits to this approach include the possibility of curve reduction or prevention of further curvature, as well as relief from secondary scoliosis symptoms, such as headaches and back pain.

Dr. Michlin is the only Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist in North Texas. Scoliosis specialists have flown in from New York to share their patients with Dr. Michlin, because the benefits from the Atlas Orthogonal care can be so dramatic.

Scoliosis success stories from Dr. Michlin’s patients speak for themselves:

“Julia is an eight-year girl who has scoliosis. By wearing a soft scoliosis brace and receiving atlas adjustments, Julia’s spinal curvature had a 17-degree reduction in less than seven months.”

“Our 12-year-old daughter Alison had been suffering from headaches since she was 8 years old. The headaches were getting progressively worse as the years went by until she was diagnosed with scoliosis. From the moment we met Dr. Michlin, we knew in our hearts that our daughter’s pain and suffering will finally come to an end. Under Dr. Michlin’s care, Alison began to feel better and better every day. Today she is headache-free with lots of energy.”

Our Fort Worth chiropractor understands that every scoliosis case is unique and will work closely with your family to find the right treatment for your child’s needs.

Help your child take the first step Back To Health today: Call 817-810-9111

Ear Infection Treatment Success Story: How Our Fort Worth Chiropractor Can Help


Chronic ear infections can be especially frustrating for the parents of young children– especially if the only treatment options your doctor offers are antibiotics. At Back To Health Family Chiropractic, our Fort Worth chiropractor Dr. Chris Michlin believes there is a better way. Adjustments to the atlas vertebra may help address the root causes of recurring ear infections and support your child’s health.

How Atlas Orthogonal Adjustments Can Help Address Ear Infections

Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist Dr. Michlin recently helped Grant, an 18-month old who had been struggling with ear infections since he was nine months old. Here’s what Grant’s mother has to say about her experience with Dr. Michlin:

“When we first started coming to Dr. Michlin, Grant was only 17 months old. Grant had been struggling with ear infections every month since he was nine months. It was a repetitive thing– every month we’d go to the doctor and every month they’d prescribe a higher strength antibiotic. I didn’t feel that was the answer and I believed there must be a better way.”

Grant’s mother spoke with Fort Worth chiropractor Dr. Michlin about chiropractic care to address chronic ear infections.

“I found out after doing a lot of research that upper respiratory issues, including ear, nose and throat issues, can be caused by a misalignment in the top vertebra. I was looking for someone with Dr. Michlin’s level of expertise.”

“When Grant first started treatment, he was finishing his last dose of antibiotics from the doctor– and he hasn’t had any since,” says Grant’s mother. “Since Dr. Michlin has been adjusting him, Grant has not had any ear infections. Atlas chiropractic care works.”

For Grant’s mother, finding Dr. Michlin has truly improved her son’s quality of life.

“I feel like I am doing a better job as a mother. I’m proud that I looked into other options that have helped him get better and really improve his quality of life.”

How our Chiropractor Helps Patients with Post Injury Trauma

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Could your chronic pain be due to an old traumatic injury? Dr. Chris Michlin is the only Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist in North Texas. Additionally, he also has advanced certification is whiplash care. Dr. Michlin frequently cares for patients suffering from chronic pain related to older injuries, like whiplash, that was never properly treated. In some cases, these patients may never have been diagnosed with whiplash at the time of injury and it is only years later that the fully understand the trauma their bodies have experienced. Atlas Orthogonal adjustments from Dr. Michlin are a safe, effective treatment that can get you back to health.

Could this be the cause of your pain? Here is what you need to know:

1. Even if you received treatment at the time of your injury, you may still need additional care

Unfortunately, conventional medicine may not provide the comprehensive care you need at the time of injury to fully support your body’s healing process. Treating the pain symptoms of a whiplash injury with medication, for example, will not address the root cause of your pain. Worse, this short-sighted approach could set you up for a lifetime of pain.
This is exactly what happened to one of Dr. Michlin’s patients, Christine, who both suffered a traumatic injury at the age of 14. This patient was struck by a car while jogging and landed on her head. While medical care treated her internal injuries and broken bones, it wasn’t until years later that she was diagnosed with whiplash.

2. It is never too late to get healthy

No matter how many other types of treatment you have tried or how many years it has been since your injury, it is never too late to experience the benefits of Atlas Orthogonal care. For example, even though Christine’s injury had happened ten years prior, Fort Worth Atlas Chiropractor Dr. Michlin was still able to treat her using Atlas Orthogonal Adjustments. In just three months, she experienced more pain relief than any other treatment she had tried in the last 10 years. You can read more about her journey back to health here.

Start your journey back to health today. Call us at 817-810-9111 today!

How Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Care Can Help Infants & Children


Did you know that Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic care is beneficial for not only adults, but also infants and children? The first trauma a child may face is delivery.  An OB-GYN can use up to thirty-five pounds of pressure to pull a baby out by the head with the head and neck rotated. While necessary, of course, getting a baby checked for spinal alignment is critical for good health. Colic, ear infections, and other conditions that are considered to be “normal” rites of passage for infants and children may very well be symptoms of nerve interference.

Dr. Michlin is the only Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist in North Texas. The atlas is the top bone in the spine, sitting right at the brain stem. Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic care naturally supports whole body health from within by reducing the nerve interference that would otherwise hinder communication between the brain and body and the body and the brain.  Incorrect alignment in the spine affects the brain’s ability to seamlessly send messages through the central nervous system. Think of the nervous system as a major super highway: if there’s a blockage at the first on-ramp, information is unable to reach its final destination, much less begin the journey! However, if you could remove this blockage, messages could freely flow along the central nervous system. The atlas vertebra is this “first entrance”; it’s the single bone that controls the alignment of the entire spine. The Atlas Precision Adjusting Instrument is gentle, specific, and reproducible.