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EndoNasal Balloon Cranial Adjustment: Expert Guide

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EndoNasal Cranial Release is a technique that uses small balloons to open up clogged sinus and reposition internal cranial bones into their proper placement. This procedure is minimally invasive and relieving for out patients. Paitents will notice an immediate change with ease of nasal breathing and reduced pressure in head.

Nasal Release Technique is a powerful physical technique used to adjust the bones of the skull. Developed by Dr. J. R. Stober of Portland, OR, in the 1930s, 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. Our body is in constant search for balance. When a concussion, birth trauma or other possible head injuries occur, 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.


The goal of this treatment is to mobilize the cranial bones, improve the flow of fluids throughout the cranium, and open the airways.

EndoNasal Balloon Cranial Adjustment

Indications for Nasal Release Technique

  • 🔰 Concussion and other head injuries
  • 🔰 Headaches, head pressure, migraines
  • 🔰 Low energy, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue
  • 🔰 Muscle spasms, neck and shoulder pain
  • 🔰 Poor concentration 
  • 🔰 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


⛔ Acute nasal bleeding
⛔ Respiratory infections
⛔ Previous nasal surgeries


Nasal Release Technique is performed using a finger cot affixed to a blood pressure bulb. The finger cot is lubricated, then placed between the nasal turbinates (those bones situated along the side wall of the nose). The blood pressure bulb inflates the cot which expands gently 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 similar to what you might hear in chiropractic treatments.

Benefits of Treatment

Repositioning Bones in the Skull

The bulb technique can help relieve these issues by realigning the nasal cavities and bones of the skull. In particular, it relies on the movement of the bones in our skull. The human skull is made up of 22 separate bones that move when we breathe in order to release pressure on the brain. Each bone moves in its own specific direction during respiration.

The goal of this treatment is to mobilize the cranial bones, improve the flow of fluids throughout the cranium, and open the airways.

During inhalation, the skull expands and shortens. Then, during exhalation, the skull relaxes and elongates. This process facilitates the movement of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), a liquid which flows through the ventricles in the brain and into the spinal cord. Individual bones, such as the occipital bone at the base of the skull, shift to encourage the spread of CSF to the areas of the nervous system where it is needed. If any of these individual movements is impaired, it can put pressure on the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Because the nervous system is key to the function of the entire body, impaired function of the former can undermine the latter. 

Improved Taste, Smell, and Appearance

By restoring proper movement of the cranial bones, CFR can have an impact on many aspects of your health besides breathing. Because smell and taste are so closely aligned, the procedure can realign and improve a person’s palate. Even more noticeable are the changes in facial structure. By opening up the structure of the nasal cavities, the bulb technique can shift the other tissues and create a more symmetrical appearance of the facial features. 

  • 🔻 Opens creating passages
  • 🔻 Realigns internal cranial bones
  • 🔻 Reduces pressure in head
  • 🔻 Reduces pressure on the ear canal
  • 🔻 Releases internal meningeal fixations
  • 🔻 Improved sense of smell and taste

Potential Side Effects

The bulb technique is a safe, minimally invasive procedure. However, there are a few minor side effects associated with treatment, such as:

  • Sore throat
  • Bloody nose
  • Mild headache
  • Clogged ears
  • Congestion or stuffiness
  • Continuous drainage, or runny nose
  • Pain in the roof of the mouth or across the upper teeth


Cranial Facial Release or CFR is an advanced endo-nasal cranial technique that has been used quite successfully in the treatment of various neurological and structural disorders.

“It is important to note that CFR is not directed at the treatment of any one specific disease or disorder.  It’s primary objective is to mobilize the cranial bones, unlock cranial fixations, open the breathing passageways, facilitate cerebral spinal fluid flow, increase vascular flow to and venous drainage from the cranium, and optimizes brain function.  This often times improves symptoms related to various neurological disorders.”

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