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Nasal Release Technique

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Nasal Release Technique is a powerful structural technique that adjusts the bones of the skull. This was developed by Dr. J. R. Stober of Portland. The procedure uses a small finger cot affixed to an inflatable device which is inserted into the nasal passages. The balloon inflation presses outward against the bones lining the breathing passages and adjusts the sutures of the skull, particularly the sphenoid. This ultimately relieves the forces that have gone into the skull by releasing any impactions in the cranial sutures.

One of the confusions of this therapy are the multitude of names for it—Endonasal Technique, Cranial Facial Release, Nasal Cranial Release, Bilateral Nasal Specific Technique, Functional Cranial Release, and Neurocranial ReStructuring Nasal Specific Technique. These have all been used to describe the procedure.

Conquer Concussion was created to help legitimize this important therapy. The longer concussions continue without being treated, the more symptoms crop up, the more pain the person is in, and the longer it takes to resolve in treatment later. We feel this work is very important. It is imperative that athletes, military servicemen, and other jobs that make the head susceptible to injury be treated in a timely fashion with Nasal Release Technique. In providing more research, testimonials, and education to practitioners, we would like to bring this into mainstream concussion care.

To legitimize this technique, peer-reviewed controlled studies must be done to give concrete evidence to its efficacy. If you can help us with your connections and resources to research this therapy, please contact Cynthia Stein at nasalrelease1@gmail.com.

How does the procedure work?

Our body is in constant search for balance. When a concussion or birth trauma occurs, the bones of the skull are impacted by force. When the skull is not in proper alignment, the rest of the body will attempt to compensate by changing the way we move. This can create poor posture, breathing difficulties, chronic pain, and even depression. Nasal Release Technique places the bones in better alignment, which optimizes the neurotransmitter activity throughout the Central Nervous System.

What can I expect from a treatment?

Nasal Release Technique is performed using a finger cot affixed to a blood pressure bulb. The finger cot is lubricated, then placed in between the nasal turbinates. The blood pressure bulb inflates the cot, which expands inside the nasal passage. The opposite nostril is lightly compressed to prevent air from escaping. The patient takes a deep breath and holds it. Then the finger cot is gently inflated, making its way into the nasopharynx, causing it to widen. The finger cot is inserted into the lower portion of the nose on both sides, then the middle portion, then the upper portion. It is then repeated in the lower portion to balance the procedure.

The process is not usually painful because only one inflation in the passageways is performed the first time. When this is tolerated, more inflations are indicated. With the procedure, pressure is felt in the nose and inside the head. Many times, clicks and pops are felt in the bones of the head.

Indications

• Concussion and other head injuries
• Headaches, head pressure, migraines
• Low energy, Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue
• Muscle spasms, neck and shoulder pain
• Poor concentration and focus
• PTSD
• Sinusitis, sleep apnea, snoring, other breathing and sinus disorders
• Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• TMJ (mouth, head and jaw pains)
• Vertigo and other balance problems
• Whiplash Syndrome

Symptoms that may respond to Therapy

• Headache or facial pain/pressure
• Congestion or fullness
• Vertigo
• Balance Problems
• Snoring or Sleep Apnea
• Breathing Problems
• TMJ
• Nasal obstruction or blockage
• Loss of smell
• Types of Sinusitis
• Neck Pain
• Ringing in the Ears

Contraindications

  1. Caution should be taken with patients who might have "bleeding disorders" or are taking anticoagulant medications. This population may not be good candidates for this procedure.
  2. Patients with prior nasal or facial bone surgery, especially with modification of the turbinates, are not good candidates for nasal specific because the integrity of the structures is unpredictable.
  3. There has been at least one case reported where an asthma attack was initiated by the nasal release technique. (S. Oliver noted this from his private practice experience; it was suggested therefore as a precaution.) The clinician should be assured that the patients with a history of asthma have their inhaler with them when they are going to undergo this therapy.

The therapist performs an extensive medical history check before attempting this procedure, and will refrain from it if any contraindications are present.

Possible Side Effects:

• Epistaxis, or nose bleed, can result from the Nasal Release Technique

• Minor soreness over the maxillary-zygomatic or inter-maxillary articulations, tenderness of the nasal passage regions, a tingling feeling in the central maxillary incisors, and mild soreness of the gums is possible. In some cases, these mild symptoms persist, though diminishing, for up to several days. Infrequently, a patient might experience a headache after treatment.

• Throat irritation due to increased drainage from sinuses may also happen following Nasal Release Technique. This is temporary and goes away in a short time. Draining of the sinuses is a common side effect from this procedure. Some people's passageways are very tight and feel uncomfortable during the procedure, but all have reported feeling better afterwards. The therapist attempts to gradually open the nasal passageways with multiple treatments to prevent a traumatic Nasal Release experience.