Chiropractic Nose Balloons

Chiropractic Nose Balloons

There are so many pseudo-medicines, it is hard to keep track. New variations appear, new combinations occur, old pseudo-medicines wax and wane.

In my feeds I saw the announcement Anderson Chiropractic Announces Nasal Cranial Release Therapy. I had never heard of Nasal Cranial Release Therapy. It is a mutant combination chiropractic and craniosacral therapy and goes by a variety of other names including

Endonasal Technique, Nasal Cranial Release, Bilateral Nasal Specific Technique, Functional Cranial Release, and Neurocranial Release

Balloons are inserted in the nose and inflated to realign cranial bones. Really.  Watch the video. Judging from the patient it is not a pleasant experience.


It was developed in the 1930’s by a chiropractor and naturopath to treat concussion and traumatic brain injury. Really. It gives me the heebie-jeebies to think of inflating a balloon in the nose after traumatic brain injury.  The balloon should do nothing to normal skulls, but if there were a basilar skull fracture?  

I found case report that after

Chiropractic manipulation and soft tissue manipulation administered 2–6 times per month for approximately 1 yr had minimal long-term effect on the patient’s head pain.

Really? The patient returned 6 times a month for a year with no effect? That's salesmanship.

Then the patient had resolution of the headache after several months (!) nasal realignment, the patient probably reporting improvement so they would never have to return for more treatments.

Even chiropractors admit that

No articles appear available in the scientific literature that examine the efficacy of the nasal specific technique for treating any pathology. Searching for such literature uncovered one unpublished study by Nyiendo and Goldeen. Their study concluded that claims for improved vision and hearing following nasal specific treatment could neither be supported nor refuted. They did find, however, changes in craniofacial measurements that did not reach significance when compared to a control (sham-treated) group.

No known efficacy and no effect on the skull, yet like all pseudo-medicines, the ‘indications’ are broad. No surprise, the only reports on Pubmed I could find are complications: fracture and bleeding.  

Chiropractors like to brag that their education is on par with MD’s. Then they do bone-headed pseudo-science like this, actually thinking that by inflating a balloon in the nose they can place

… the bones in better alignment allows for optimal blood flow to the brain and spinal cord and neuro-transmitter activity throughout the central nervous system.

Quantity of education is not quality or reality-based.

Points of Interest 05/20/2015
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