Since opening in 2019, Pro Performance Chiropractic has become the premier place for integrated wellness in Denver, CO. Dr. Christopher Dorsa and the Pro Performance team are able to bring our clients an integrated approach to alternative medicine through partnerships with CrossFit Eminence and NeuAbility. That means that an appointment at our friendly office is a gateway to strength and healing as part of a collaboration blending massage, acupuncture and exercise specialists. We are especially pleased to be able to offer our clients the Nasal Specific Technique with Dr. Ben Adams.

Nasal Release Technique (NRT): What to Expect

Nasal release technique (NRT) is a manual therapy that focuses on the bones of the skull, specifically the sphenoid bone, and aims to correct imbalances and restore proper alignment. Also known as Nasal Specific, Nasal Ballooning and Cranial Facial Release. The technique involves a series of gentle adjustments and mobilizations of the bones of the skull and face, performed with the use of a small balloon inserted into the nostrils. While NRT may seem unconventional, it has been used for over a century to treat a variety of conditions, including migraines, sinusitis, and jaw pain.

The sphenoid bone is a complex bone located in the skull, between the frontal and temporal bones. It is considered the keystone bone of the skull, as it connects all the other bones together. If the sphenoid bone becomes misaligned, it can cause tension in the surrounding bones, muscles, and tissues, leading to a variety of symptoms such as headaches, facial pain, and vision problems. NRT aims to correct this misalignment and restore proper function to the skull and surrounding structures.

The technique itself is relatively simple, but requires a skilled practitioner with specialized training. During an NRT session, the client lies on their back while the practitioner inserts a small balloon into each nostril. The balloons are then inflated with a small amount of air, creating a gentle pressure inside the nasal passages. The practitioner then performs a series of gentle adjustments and mobilizations of the bones of the skull and face, using the pressure from the balloons to facilitate movement and restore alignment.

While the idea of having a balloon inserted into your nose may seem uncomfortable or even frightening, the process is actually quite gentle and painless. Most clients report feeling a sensation of pressure or fullness in the nasal passages, but no pain or discomfort. The balloons used in NRT are small and soft, and are designed to conform to the shape of the nasal passages for maximum comfort.

What Can NRT Help With?

While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of this technique, there is evidence to suggest that it may be beneficial for a variety of conditions. One study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that NRT was effective in reducing symptoms of migraines and tension headaches. Another study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that NRT was effective in reducing pain and improving function in patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.

NRT may also be helpful for those with sinusitis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the sinuses. By restoring proper alignment to the bones of the skull and face, NRT can help to improve the drainage of the sinuses and reduce congestion. This can lead to a reduction in symptoms such as facial pain, pressure, and headaches.

In addition to its physical benefits, many clients report feeling a sense of relaxation and stress relief after an NRT session. The gentle, non-invasive nature of the technique can help to release tension and promote a sense of calm. Some practitioners also incorporate breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques into their sessions, further enhancing the relaxation response.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Nasal Release Technique

  • This procedure will not be performed on anyone with hemophilia. A bleeding disorder in which the patient does not produce enough platelets to aid in coagulation of the blood.
  • Certain medications can thin the blood and are used to treat blood clots to prevent stroke.
  • Minor nose bleeds are rare and typically happen in dryer area with high elevation.

  • Non-Invasive procedure alternative to surgery and medication
  • Safe and Quick results
  • Particularly helpful to individuals experiencing post-concussion syndrome, headaches, orofacial/craniofacial pain, TMJ dysfunction, difficulty breathing through their nose and sleep disturbances.