About Cranial Facial Release (CFR) and How It Works

A number of people throughout Temecula,CA have visited our practice for regular chiropractic adjustments that address pain and joint stiffness. In some cases, Dr. Nathen Horst goes beyond traditional adjustments, offering advanced treatments such as Cranial Facial Release (CFR). Below is some general information about CFR and what it can achieve.

The skull is not a single bone but rather 22 individual bones that move each time you breathe. Cranial Facial Release is a way of adjusting the skull to address a whole host of neurological conditions and structural disorders.

Cranial Facial Release was developed in the 1930s by Dr. J. R. Stober. The procedure involves the use of a small inflatable balloon that is positioned in the nasal passage and carefully inflated. By inflating this balloon, adjustments can be performed to the various parts of the skull, particularly the sphenoid. Among many other benefits, the adjustment helps improve the flow of cerebral spinal fluid to the spinal column and the brain.

Ideal Candidates for Cranial Facial Release (CFR)

Ideal candidates for Cranial Facial Release are people who have suffered head trauma or other kinds of disorders that have not been relieved by other means. Some issues that Cranial Facial Release can potentially address include the following:

· Problems related to concussions

· Migraine headaches

· TMJ disorders

· Issues related to whiplash injuries

· Depression

· Obsessive-compulsive disorder

· Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

· Vertigo

· Sleep apnea

· Respiratory problems

· Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

The Cranial Facial Release (CFR) Procedure

During Cranial Facial Release, a balloon is carefully inserted into the nasal passage. The patient takes a breath and holds it. At this point, the balloon is briefly inflated to achieve adjustment. The procedure is generally not painful, and feels a bit like diving into a swimming pool and getting water lodged in the nose. It’s recommended that patients undergo four treatments total over the course of seven to ten days for a proper adjustment.
Potential side effects of Cranial Facial Release include nosebleeds, tenderness or soreness of the nose, and irritation of the throat. In rare instances, Cranial Facial Release may cause a mild headache in patients. These side effects are all generally mild and tend to last for only a few days.

The Results and Effectiveness of Cranial Facial Release (CFR)

Many patients who undergo Cranial Facial Release report good overall results from treatment. This typically means improvement of the condition from which they were suffering, as well as a general sensation of well being. Cranial Facial Release is often part of various forms of treatment, and may prove essential for achieving wellness.

Is Cranial Facial Release (CFR) Right for Me?

The sure way to find out if Cranial Facial Release is right for you is to visit the practice for a consultation. We can discuss all potential treatments with you in greater detail, and help develop an ideal treatment plan for your condition and symptoms.

Speak with a Skilled Chiropractor

To learn more about Cranial Facial Release and whether or not it’s right for you, be sure to contact an experienced chiropractor today. We look forward to you visit and discussing your health and wellness concerns in much greater detail.