Nasal specific therapy is a unique technique that is effective in treating chronic sinusitis, deviated septum, snoring, TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, generalized congestion and a number of other conditions such as headache, tinnitus, depression, fibromyalgia and ear infections.
Nasal specific therapy is a powerful treatment in which the bones of the skull are adjusted. Developed by Dr. J. R. Stober of Portland, Oregon in the 1930s, the technique is performed using a small finger cot attached to an inflatable device which is inserted in the nasal passages. Once in place, the balloon is inflated, causing the cot to press against the bones that line the breathing passages. This pressure adjusts the sutures of the skull, especially the sphenoid, releasing impactions in the cranial sutures and relieving forces in the skull.
This treatment is especially beneficial for those who have suffered concussions. When concussions are not treated, many patients experience worsening pain and a number of other symptoms. For individuals who are prone to repeated head injuries, such as military personnel and athletes, prompt treatment with nasal specific therapy is especially important.
HOW NASAL SPECIFIC THERAPY WORKS
Our bodies naturally search for balance. Things like concussions and birth injuries can impact the bones of the skull, resulting in improper alignment. When this occurs, the rest of the body seeks to compensate by altering the way we move. For many people, this causes a number of problems ranging from poor posture and chronic pain to breathing difficulties and even depression.
Through nasal specific therapy, it is possible to restore proper alignment to the bones in the skull. This improves neurotransmitter activity throughout the entire central nervous system and helps to restore the balance your body requires.
CANDIDATES FOR NASAL SPECIFIC THERAPY
A number of conditions and symptoms respond well, and as a non-surgical procedure, it is safe for most individuals. If you suffer from any of the following problems, nasal specific therapy may be right for you:
- Concussion/Head Injury
- Headaches or Migraines
- Low Energy
- Chronic Fatigue
- Poor Concentration
- Muscle Spasms
- Sleep Apnea
- Ringing in the Ears
- Whiplash Syndrome
Additional symptoms that may respond to nasal specific therapy include:
- Facial Pain or Pressure
- Balance Problems
- Nasal Obstruction
- Loss of Smell
- Neck Pain
Patients who suffer from bleeding disorders or take anticoagulant medications may not be good candidates for this procedure. Those who have undergone previous facial bone or nasal surgery also may not be candidates for nasal specific therapy due to the unpredictability of the structures.
Prior to your treatment you will receive a thorough initial consultation and obtain your complete medical history to ensure that the procedure is appropriate for you prior to proceeding.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT
Nasal specific therapy is performed using a finger cot attached to a blood pressure bulb. After the finger cot is lubricated, it is placed between the nasal turbinates. The blood pressure bulb is then squeezed to gently inflate the cot. To prevent air from escaping, the opposite nostril is compressed. You will be asked to take a deep breath in and hold it as the finger cot is inflated and makes its way into the nasopharynx.
Some patients can experience pain during the procedure. The most common sensation is pressure in the nose and the head. You may hear or feel pops and clicks. You may also feel slight movement of the bones in your face, mouth, and head.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
While nasal specific therapy is safe, there is always a possibility of side effects. However, they are typically mild and resolve on their own. The potential side effects of nasal specific therapy include:
- Nose bleed
- Minor soreness or tenderness of the nasal passages
- Tingling sensation in the central maxillary incisors
- Soreness in the gums
- Throat irritation caused by increased sinus drainage