Nasal Specific Therapy

Nasal specific therapy is a unique technique that is effective in treating chronic sinusitis, deviated septum, snoring, TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, generalized congestion and a number of other conditions such as headache, tinnitus, depression, fibromyalgia and ear infections.

Dr. Drew Illman of Left Hand Chiropractic Center in Longmont, Colorado is one of only a handful of doctors in the world offering this remarkable treatment, and he is proud to provide nasal specific therapy in Longmont.


Nasal specific therapy is a powerful treatment in which the bones of the skull are adjusted. Developed by Dr. J. R. Stober of Portland, Oregon in the 1930s, the technique is performed using a small finger cot attached to an inflatable device which is inserted in the nasal passages. Once in place, the balloon is inflated, causing the cot to press against the bones that line the breathing passages. This pressure adjusts the sutures of the skull, especially the sphenoid, releasing impactions in the cranial sutures and relieving forces in the skull.

This treatment is especially beneficial for those who have suffered concussions. When concussions are not treated, many patients experience worsening pain and a number of other symptoms. For individuals who are prone to repeated head injuries, such as military personnel and athletes, prompt treatment with nasal specific therapy is especially important.

How Nasal Specific Therapy Works

Our bodies naturally search for balance. Things like concussions and birth injuries can impact the bones of the skull, resulting in improper alignment. When this occurs, the rest of the body seeks to compensate by altering the way we move. For many people, this causes a number of problems ranging from poor posture and chronic pain to breathing difficulties and even depression.

Through nasal specific therapy, it is possible to restore proper alignment to the bones in the skull. This improves neurotransmitter activity throughout the entire central nervous system and helps to restore the balance your body requires.

Candidates for Nasal Specific Therapy

A number of conditions and symptoms respond well, and as a non-surgical procedure, it is safe for most individuals. Longmont Sinus ReliefIf you suffer from any of the following problems, nasal specific therapy may be right for you:

  • Sinusitis
  • Concussion/Head Injury
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Low Energy
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Poor Concentration
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Snoring
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • TMJ
  • Vertigo
  • Whiplash Syndrome
  • PTSD

Addition symptoms that may respond to nasal specific therapy include:

  • Facial Pain or Pressure
  • Balance Problems
  • Congestion
  • Seizures
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Depression
  • Loss of Smell
  • Neck Pain

Patients who suffer from bleeding disorders or take anticoagulant medications may not be good candidates for this procedure. Those who have undergone previous facial bone or nasal surgery also may not be candidates for nasal specific therapy due to the unpredictability of the structures.

Prior to your treatment, Dr. Illman a trusted Longmont chiropractor will conduct a thorough initial consultation and obtain your complete medical history to ensure that the procedure is appropriate for you prior to proceeding.

What to Expect During Treatment

Nasal specific therapy is performed using a finger cot attached to a blood pressure bulb. After the finger cot is lubricated, it is placed between the nasal turbinates. The blood pressure bulb is then squeezed to gently inflate the cot. To prevent air from escaping, the opposite nostril is compressed. You will be asked to take a deep break and hold it is the finger cot is inflated and makes its way into the nasopharynx.

Most patients do not experience pain during the procedure. The most common sensation is pressure in the nose and the head. You may hear or feel pops and clicks.

Potential Side Effects

While nasal specific therapy is safe, there is always a possibility of side effects. However, they are typically mild and resolve on their own. The potential side effects of nasal specific therapy include:

  • Nose bleed
  • Minor soreness or tenderness of the nasal passages
  • Tingling sensation in the central maxillary incisors
  • Soreness in the gums
  • Headache
  • Throat irritation caused by increased sinus drainage

If you are interested in nasal specific therapy in Longmont, please contact Left Hand Chiropractic Center today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Drew Illman to see if this unique sinusitis treatment is right for you. Schedule an appointment online, or call 303-651-7003.