Nasal Release Technique: New Treatment for Migraine Headaches, Sinus Pressure, Vertigo, Sleep Apnea, Post Concussion, TMJ, Snoring & More


If you suffer from any of the following conditions, you know how frustrating and uncomfortable they can be:

  • Concussions and other head injuriesNew treatment for migraine headaches, vertigo, sinuses, sleep apnea, TMJ and concussion.
  • Headaches, head pressure, migraines
  • Low energy, Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue
  • Muscle spasms, neck and shoulder pain
  • Poor concentration and focus
  • PTSD
  • Sinusitis, sleep apnea, snoring
  • Nasal blockage, congestion, fullness
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • TMJ (mouth, head, facial and jaw pain)
  • Vertigo and other balance problems
  • Whiplash Syndrome
  • Congestion or fullness
  • Loss of smell
  • Post-nasal drip

But there is a solution that can help you breathe easier: Nasal Release Technique, or NRT. This procedure can alleviate symptoms and improve your quality of life. Learn more about how it works and what to expect.

What is Nasal Release Technique?

Nasal Release Technique is a structural technique that adjusts the bones of the skull. This was developed by Dr. J. R. Stober of Portland, Oregon. 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 relieves the forces that have gone into the skull by releasing impactions in the cranial sutures.

The therapy goes by many different names:  Nasocranial Balloon Release, Endonasal Technique, Cranial Facial Release, Nasal Cranial Release, Bilateral Nasal Specific Technique, Functional Cranial Release, and Neurocranial ReStructuring Nasal Specific Technique. These have all been used to describe the procedure.

How Does Nasocranial Balloon Release Work?

Our body desires balance. With concussion or other head trauma, the bones of the skull are impacted by force. When the skull is not in proper alignment, the rest of the body attempts to compensate by changing the way we move. This can create poor posture, breathing difficulties, chronic pain, and even depression.  Nasal Release Technique better aligns the bones of the skull to provide optimal Central Nervous System activity. Many clients say they experience improved breathing, reduced snoring, improved coordination, as well as improved cognitive and emotional function, and reduced pain. 

What to Expect During the Procedure

During the procedure, a small lubricated finger cot (balloon) is inserted into the nasal cavity between the nasal turbinates and inflated with a blood pressure bulb.  Our therapists will ask you to take a deep breath and hold it, then they will put mild pressure on the other nostril so that air doesn’t escape.  As it inflates, the cot expands the nasal passages and nasopharynx. It is then quickly deflated.  

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.

FREE Consult Available

Give us a call or text us at 1-402-740-8400 for a quick free consult with one of our qualified physical therapists to see if this procedure is right for you.