Nasal specific therapy
The nasal specific treatment is an old naturopathic treatment that offers amazing results. This is a manual therapy technique that can bring about significant relief for many chronic head and neck issues.
The bones of the head are firm, somewhat flexible and move with each inhalation and exhalation. This allows for proper circulation of the blood and cerebrospinal fluid, which is necessary for the normal function of the brain and nervous system.
The ideal head has bones in positions that cause no pressure to deter the optimum function of the brain and can move throughout their full range of motion with each full breath.
The bones of the head are often thought to be fused together so that they cannot be individually moved. In reality, the cranial bones can be manipulated along their joints just like the spine and other bones.
Clinically, the ideal head has been associated with a smooth, regularly shaped skull without obvious bulges or indentations and has evenly-spaced, straight teeth, prominent cheek bones, a straight nose, symmetrically shaped eyes, with no impairment of nasal breathing, jaw function, hearing, coordination, and other brain functions. Most peoples' heads are not in ideal alignment. Because of traumas to the head during birth as well as later in life, many people have heads that are asymmetrically-shaped (uneven). Hitting the head on the windshield, or dashboard of a car in an accident, falling off a horse and hitting the head, kicks, punches, or other blows to the head can cause improper alignment of the cranial bones and hence alter the function of the brain and nervous system. This leads to crooked teeth, poor vision, poor nasal breathing, bad hearing, and in severe cases can be associated with speech defects, improper coordination, spastic paralysis, and chronic headaches.
The membranes within the skull push outward against the bones of the head, causing the bones to move or spring outward until they can move no further. When the head is traumatized the bones of the cranium are pushed inwards. This will often cause the bones to lock (crimp or pinch), preventing their normal springing outward movement, much like a parking brake with ratchets that held it in place. In this situation, these bones will not spring outward to their normal position without assistance such as cranial manipulation. With cranial manipulations such as Nasal Specific Therapy, the normal outward-springing motion of the cranial membranes can be restored, reversing the ill effects of the traumas that initially created the condition.
Nasal Specific Therapy is the most powerful method of cranial manipulation yet devised. Primarily devised by Dr. J.R. Stober of Portland, Oregon, the technique consists of the use of the hands pressing on the skull bones while quickly inflating a small, inflatable device (like a balloon) in the breathing passages between the nostrils and the throat.
No inflation occurs in the breathing passages between the nostrils and the throat. No inflation occurs in the sinuses. It is a safe, sophisticated and quick procedure for we doctors who have been studying and practicing this technique.
The purpose of the balloon inflation is to press outward against the bones lining the breathing passage so that space is created in the places where the bones pinch against one another. At that very moment, the skull's membranes, as well as the physician's hands, cause the bones to "unlock" or move outward. Once movement is achieved, these bones will continue to shift until bone realignment occurs. This can take seconds, hours, or days (one never knows), depending upon the way the bones of the skull actually align.
For most persons, Nasal Specific Therapy is a method of restructuring the skull. It can normalize skull shape when used as an ongoing, repeated therapy. Used in this manner, a deviated nasal septum, snoring, chronic sinusitis, orthodontic problems of the teeth, abnormal function of the temporal-mandibular joint (TMJ), catarrhal conditions of the ear, crossed eyes, traumatic headaches, and other conditions associated with cranial misalignment can be treated without surgery or drugs.
There are few side effects associated with this technique. The biggest complaint generated from this treatment is that it is generally uncomfortable or painful. Occasional nosebleeds, headaches, light-headedness, dizziness, and ear pain can occur. Most people say that the treatment feels like diving into a chlorine-treated swimming pool and getting water up to their nose. Generally, after four to six treatments, or sooner, these sensations gradually diminish so that patients find the treatment more easily tolerated. In fact, patients have described the treatments as providing tremendous relief from a "tight feeling" in the head, sinuses, nasal passages, ears, etc. Treatments will usually be given every one to two weeks because it often takes one to two weeks for the bone movement from the last treatment to stop.