Alevia Health and Wellness Centre in London offers nasal release therapy, a procedure to help with the alignment of the internal cranial bones – specifically the sphenoid bone.

The sphenoid is one of the deepest and largest bones of the skull.  It’s a butterfly shaped bone that sits behind the nose with the upper edge of the ‘butterfly wings’ extending to the temples and the lower ‘legs’ of the bone forming the back of the mouth and jaw.  It’s the only bone of the skull that connects with every other bone.   Therefore, the position of the sphenoid affects the alignment of the entire skull.

Nasal Release Therapy uses a small balloon apparatus to mobilize and adjust the sutures of the skull, particularly the sphenoid back into alignment. This ultimately relieves the forces that have gone into the skull by releasing any impactions in the cranial sutures. Adjusting these bones of the skull re-establishes the flow of cerebral spinal fluid to the brain and spinal column.

Nasal Release Therapy has multitude of names for it—Endonasal Technique, Nasal Cranial Release, Bilateral Nasal Specific Technique, Functional Cranial Release, and Neurocranial Releasem which have all been used to describe the procedure.

Nasal Release Therapy may assist with:

  • Headache or facial pain/pressure
  • Congestion or fullness
  • Vertigo
  • Balance Problems
  • Snoring or Sleep Apnea
  • Seizures
  • Breathing Problems
  • TMJ
  • Nasal obstruction or blockage
  • Loss of smell
  • Types of Sinusitis
  • Neck Pain
  • Ringing in the Ears

Frequently Asked Questions

How many treatments are needed?

It depends on your condition. Of course, every patient wants relief fast but it depends on how long you’ve had your condition, the severity, how well the bones of your head will move, etc. It is suggested that patients take an initial 6 visits before expecting too much change; but it might take longer.

The treatments should be taken as close together as possible for best results. Once you begin to notice relief, then the frequency of treatment is stretched out until you get lasting relief and many patients will then work into some kind of maintenance schedule so either your condition doesn’t return or so we can manage it. But it is really up to you on how many treatments you want to take, or how often. You will give you my recommendations based on your condition and promise to help you as best as we can.

Is this considered a Chiropractic adjustment?

Yes, Nasal Release Therapy falls under the scope of Chiropractic care and is billed as a Chiropractic session.  If you are covered for Chiropractic care under your extended health insurance plan, then your nasal release procedure will also be covered.

What will I feel like afterwards?

You may be able to breathe in fully and deeply. You may feel relief of pain in any given part of your body including your hips hands, feet, knees, mid-back, and neck. Improvement in vision, hearing, smell and the ability to think more clearly are common as well.

Immediately after the Nasal Specific, our patients have also reported having increased energy, better breathing, clear-headedness, sharper memory and more joy and happiness. In the short term, some patients experience nasal bleeding, sore gums, throat or teeth. These experiences are all a direct result of the nasal release technique.


  • ADHD
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Concussion and other head injuries
  • Depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Glaucoma, double vision and other vision problems
  • Headaches, head pressure, migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Low energy, Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue
  • Muscle spasms, neck and shoulder pain
  • Poor concentration and focus
  • PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Seizures
  • Sinusitis, sleep apnea, snoring, other breathing and sinus disorders
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • TMJ (mouth, head and jaw pains)
  • Vertigo and other balance problems
  • Whiplash Syndrome


  • Caution should be taken with patients who might have “bleeding disorders” or taking anticoagulant mediations. This population may not be good candidates for this procedure.
  • Patients with prior nasal or facial bone surgery, especially with modification of the turbinates are not good candidates for nasal specific because the integrity of the structures is unpredictable.
  • There has been at least one case reported where an asthma attack was initiated by the nasal specific procedure. It is suggested therefore as a precaution; the clinician should be assured that the patients with a history of asthma have their inhaler with them when they are going to undergo this therapy.
  • The therapist performs an extensive medical history check before attempting this procedure and will refrain from it if any contraindications are present.

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