Nasal Cranial Release Therapy

Nasal cranial release therapy is a chiropractic technique that isn’t so well known as spinal adjustment. The technique is used as a method of therapy for patients who have suffered a concussion or other forms of head trauma. The process is designed to relieve pressures in the skull that may be causing symptoms of pain and other health problems related to head injuries like vertigo, low energy, insomnia, difficulties concentrating, and anxiety 

Because concussions can have long lasting effects that don’t become apparent until much time has passed after the initial injury, nasal cranial release therapy offers a second chance at recovery that doesn’t require invasive surgery or medication. Concussions have become an increasingly common injury with the proliferation of high impact sports and car accidents. Head injuries are serious because they often effect the brain and thus require immediate critical care. Once this care has been received the healing process continues and can be complicated. Nasal cranial release therapy serves as a routine therapy that can guide recovery towards a more positive outcome. 

The technique was developed by Dr. J.R. Stober in the 1930’s and has become a core chiropractic treatment method that has withstood the test of time. It involves placing an inflatable device in the patient’s nasal passageways and using the hands to gently adjust the delicate bones of the skull back into their natural positions so more effective healing can occur. The aim is to release tensions created by the initial impact so that the skull can begin to recover naturally. Once the entirety of the skull is back in its original alignment, other structures below it can begin to be worked on effectively. Chiropractic therapy views the entire body as unit which is interconnected and relieving tension in one area benefits the whole.

This treatment is recommended for patients who suffer from a variety of symptoms that can linked to traumatic brain injuries, like poor concentration, muscle spasms, neck and shoulder pain, headache pain, head pressure, and migraines. Interestingly, nasal cranial release therapy has been observed to have psychology effects as well, bringing relief to conditions like anxiety, depression, nervousness and PTSD.

By including nasal cranial release therapy as part of comprehensive treatment program, people who have multiple concussions can be given an opportunity to recover more effectively. For athletes and military personnel, who are at a much higher risk for concussions than the general population, nasal cranial therapy is a valuable resource. 

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