If problems with your nose are interfering with your ability to breathe, Dr. Stanmore G. Langford III can perform the nasal cranial release, a minimally invasive procedure used to improve your breathing, at his Chula Vista, CA, office. In the past 25 years since he began offering the treatment, he has helped patients with allergies, sleep apnea, and broken noses. With his help, you can breathe easier without the need for invasive surgery and extended recovery times.
Understanding the Treatment
Known as the bulb technique, balloon sinuplasty, nasal cranial or craniofacial release (CFR) is a minimally invasive procedure used to open the nasal passages and cavities by straightening the thin wall of tissue that separates them. Physical abnormalities or trauma to this wall or septum can leave one or more passages unusually narrow, making it much harder to breathe. In some cases, the constricted passage is also much more vulnerable to infection, as well.
The bulb technique can help relieve these issues by realigning the nasal cavities and bones of the skull. In particular, it relies on the movement of the bones in our skull. The human skull is made up of twenty-two separate bones that move when we breathe in order to release pressure on the brain. Each bone moves in its own specific direction during respiration. If any of these individual movements is impaired, it can put pressure on the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Because the nervous system is key to the function of the entire body, impaired function of the former can undermine the latter.
During the procedure, Dr. Langford will insert into your nose a specialized tool with an un-inflated balloon or bulb attached to the tip. When inflated, the bulb pushes the walls of the cavity outward to physically open up the airway.
This procedure can impact functions besides breathing, as well. Because smell and taste are so closely aligned, the procedure can realign and improve a person’s palate. Even more noticeable are the changes in facial structure. By opening up the structure of the nasal cavities, the bulb technique can shift the other tissues and create a more symmetrical appearance of the facial features.
When is the Bulb Technique Recommended?
Dr. Langford usually suggests this treatment for any patient suffering from impaired breathing. In the past 25 years, he has used the bulb technique on patients with deviated septa, allergies, sports-related injuries, and even sleep apnea. However, patients should keep in mind that the procedure is only effective on nose-related breathing problems. It cannot relieve issues tied to the throat or lungs.
The Treatment Process
Appointments typically last only about 10 to 30 minutes. Before beginning the treatment itself, Dr. Langford will first conduct a brief general exam of the spine to get a sense of your general health. Because the neck and upper cervical region of the spine affect the sinus, mouth, and ears, adjustments here can also relieve breathing related issues. Using an all-natural, anti-microbial sinus cleanse of his own making, he will then clear your nasal passages so it is as easy as possible to insert the bulb.
At this point, Dr. Langford can begin realigning the nasal cavities. He will insert the specialized balloon and begin to inflate it. Because this procedure physically shifts tissue, it can be somewhat uncomfortable. Some patients may feel cracks or pops. To minimize this sensation, inflation of the bulb is usually gradual. In most cases, Dr. Langford will recommend repeating the procedure at three separate appointments for full realignment. If necessary, he may further hone results with cold laser therapy, which can speed the healing process by up to 68 percent.
Impaired breathing can severely affect your quality of life. With the nasal cranial release, Dr. Langford strives to open the airways so that you can breathe more easily.
Most patients can notice results from treatment immediately. While you will likely experience some congestion in at least one nostril, it should disappear within a few days of treatment.
Improve Your Breathing
Impaired breathing can severely affect your quality of life. With the nasal cranial release, Dr. Langford strives to open the airways so that you can breathe more easily. Reach out online or call (619) 585-3611 to schedule a consultation and find out whether this procedure can help you.