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Endonasal Balloon Treatment

What is endonasal balloon treatment?

A sinuplasty or Endonasal balloon treatment or cranial manipulative therapy is a non-surgical treatment that doctors use to insert a small balloon in the turbinate passage before inflating it to help open the sinus passages.

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Nasal Release Technique, or endonasal balloon treatment, is a popular physical technique which relocates the skull bones when you want to open up sinus passages. Dr. J. R. Stober from Portland, Oregon in the  United States first came up with the procedure in the 1930s. Since then, medics across the world have been using it to open sinus passages especially for those patients who have difficulty in breathing. The procedure often uses a very small finger cot affixed to a balloon or any inflatable device before being inserted into and opening the nasal passages. This balloon inflation often presses outwards against the lining of bones to create a breathing passage before adjusting the sutures of the skull, mainly the sphenoid.

In the end, the device will relieve forces, which will go to the skull to release any impactions within the cranial sutures. By adjusting the skull bones, it  re-establishes cerebral spinal fluid flow to the spinal column and brain.

Many confusing names are used today when describing this procedure. Some of these names are Endonasal Technique, Bilateral Nasal Specific Technique, Nasal Cranial Release, Neurocranial Release and Functional Cranial Release. All these procedures mean the same thing. However, you can always seek help from medical experts if you have problems understanding these procedures before choosing one. With their help, you will be able to understand the best procedures to try in order to improve your health.

How does Endonasal Balloon Treatment work?

Our body is always in constant search of  balance. Whenever a concussion occurs, the force impacts skull bones. When the skull is in improper alignment, other parts of the body will attempt to compensate through changing the way our body moves. This may lead to poor posture, chronic pain, depression and even poor breathing. When the bones are in a good alignment, it allows for optimal flow of blood to the spinal cord and brain thus leading to a neuro-transmitter activity transmission throughout the central nervous system. With the inflated balloon, your sinus passages are able to be opened up thus making it a perfect procedure to try. Before you attempt the procedure, you should make sure that you look for medical experts who have a wealth of experience since the procedure is delicate and needs expertise for proper execution. This will ensure that the treatment  you get will always be the best and will lead to improved health through the process.

What should you expect from Endonasal Balloon Treatment?

Nasal Release Technique often consists of balloons inserted into your six nasal passages. A doctor will tie a finger to one blood pressure bulb that will inflate the cot. This bulb is responsible for triggering the release of inflation. This finger cot is lubricated before being placed into your nostril. The patient should breathe out via the nose while the cot is in the passageway of the  nasal cavity. The nostril is then lightly compressed against the valve of the pressure bulb to ensure no air escapes during the process. The patient must take a deep breath at the same time holding it. The finger cot is gently inflated, to make its way right through the nasopharynx, while widening it. The finger cot is then inserted into the lower portion of both sides of the nose, i.e. the middle and upper portions. The same procedure should be repeated within the lower portion to give balance after the procedure.

Since only one inflation in passageways is performed on your first visit, the process is not usually painful. When you perform more inflations, you may start to feel pressure in your nose as well as inside the head.

Symptoms that Endonasal Balloon Treatment are used to treat:

What are the contraindications associated with the Nasal Release Technique?

  1. A doctor should take caution with patients who may be taking anticoagulant medications or have "bleeding disorders” as they might not be good candidates for the procedure. A doctor has the permission to accept or reject the request of a person before having the procedure.
  2. Patients with prior facial bone or nasal surgery, especially those with turbinates modification, are not good candidates when doing the procedure.

What are the possible side effects of the procedure?

  1. Epistaxis, or nose bleed, can sometimes result from Nasal Release Technique procedure
  2. Minor soreness over inter-maxillary articulations or maxillary-zygomatic, nasal passage tenderness, a tingling feeling in your central maxillary incisors, as well as mild gum soreness. In some cases, mild headache symptoms may persist.
  3. Throat irritation is a common problem with the Nasal Specific Technique, although it is temporary.
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