Have you ever been told your mysterious condition is all in your head? Well, maybe it is. The head is made up of 29 bones. And many of them are held together, not by ligaments and tendons like the elbows, shoulders, knee’s or hips, but by little zig-zags of the edges called sutures that are similar to interlocking puzzle pieces, but very small.
They are generally thought of as immoveable, but developments in functional MRI show that subtle movements DO take place with normal breathing and help to promote the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid throughout the confines of the brain and spinal cord. Unfortunately, if they do move too much, or are forced to move too quickly, it is often a result of some type of jolt or jar. Examples are car accidents, falls striking the head, and sports injuries such as football, etc. Sometimes these injuries cause concussions or fractures, etc.
In the face, behind the eyes, and sinuses, there is a bone called the sphenoid bone. When viewed from above, it’s often described as being in the shape of a butterfly. It’s deep in the head and joins together with 12 other bones that make up the skull or face. (That’s 41% of the bones of the head joined with the sphenoid!)
When an outer bone of the head or face is hit and shifts, it often can cause a shifting of the other bones it joins with, and at times, the sphenoid can shift even though it doesn’t get hit directly. As a chiropractor, I’ve done close to a million adjustments of bones and joints in my 45 years, but none on the sphenoid or nasal bones or passages that I’ve learned can have a significant effect on people.
Last year I underwent a course of study on the Nasocranial Balloon Release. (NBRT) It’s a matter of using a small balloon, inserting it into the nose and gently inflating it to help reduce the jamming of the articulations in the nasal passages and sphenoid bone. It can help to restore many neurological functions and improve breathing through the nose. The treatments are given in a series of 6-8 depending on the severity of the condition and the length of time it has been present.
The procedure feels a little ticklish at first and then a few moments of pressure as the balloon expands. The balloon is released quickly and all pressure subsides. Improvement is often felt quickly.
If you would like to discuss your condition to see if this approach might be helpful for you or see a video of it being described and performed (8 minutes), call the office at 419-307-8094 for an appointment.