cranial adjustments for respiratory health

Cranial Facial Release (CFR) is an advanced endo-nasal “balloon assisted” cranial adjusting technique that has been used quite successfully in the treatment of various, respiratory, neurological and structural disorders. CFR is a drug and surgery-free technique and offer relief for common breathing issues such as snoring, difficulty breathing at night, allergies and congestion, and sinusitis.

Mechanism of Action

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The objective of CFR technique is to unlock cranial fixations and induce mobility in the cranial system - primarily targeting the sphenoid bone, with the purpose of facilitating normal cranial respiratory motion and normal cranial function.   This technique is performed by inserting tiny balloons in the nose (specifically the naso pharynx) that are quickly inflated to mobilize the bones of the face and cranium.   It is a very fast procedure and feels similar to the sensation of jumping into a swimming pool and having water shoot up your nose – it isn’t exactly painful, but not the most comfortable sensation either – but it’s quick!  The whole process takes about 2 to 3 seconds, and is performed in a series of 4 individual days of treatment over a 7-10 day period.


To understand how CFR works, it is important to realize that the skull is NOT one solid bone.  It is made up of 22 individual bones that actually move every time you breathe – or at least they are supposed to.  But cranial fixations are a common occurrence and often times the root cause of many chronic neurological conditions and recurrent pain syndromes that don’t respond to conventional chiropractic adjusting procedures.  Frequent causes of cranial aberrations and sutural fixations are things like head trauma, birth trauma, uneven bite force (TMJ disorder), bruxism, etc., yet these conditions are seldom detected and rarely addressed by chiropractors. 

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Specialty Care

The majority of people who come in for CFR treatment are often last resort patients who have been through the gamut of conventional medical procedures without success, and are looking for a more conservative alternative approach to care that is cost effective and works!  For things like breathing disorders, sinusitis, snoring, sleep apnea, deviated septums, migraine headaches, vertigo, facial pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia), facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy), TMJ disorder, Post-Concussion Syndrome, seizures, neurological disorders, and more.  It has also been used successfully in the treatment of infants with craniometaphyseal dysplasia (infantile skull deformities), hydrocephalus, and children with learning disorders

Cranial Adjustments for Sports Performance

CFR is a crucial element in professional athlete health and recovery. CFR has been used in such athletics disciplines such as as combat sports and other contact-based athletics to decompress impacted facial bones from contact training as well as clear nasal passageways for optimal respiratory functioning cardiovascular performance

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 The primary objective of CFR 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 optimize brain function. CFR techniques assist in opening the impacted nasal breathing passages and reducing tension throughout the facial skeleton. CFR offers a new, drug free approach to respiratory health and wellness and a unique process for deep brain stimulation.

I’m currently a professional fighter signed with the UFC and God knows how strenuous our sport can be on our bodies. Dr Tim stood instantly stood out after my first visit when he took me to get x -ays and explained in detail what was going on in my neck and why I was feeling discomfort and how we can move forward towards healthy progression. After seeing my x-rays he adjusted me based on what the x-rays showed. Best chiropractor I’ve ever worked with!
— Patient B. Lopez
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