IV. NeuroCranial Restructuring Techniques
How do you diagnose how many balloons to use and where?
When I examine you, I am
running proprioceptive tests. This is my way of
determining which areas of your body are not under stable
control by your balance system. The areas that are under
good proprioceptive control should not be treated at the
time. They should be left alone.
This is the problem that
can be created by treating the area of the body that has
pain. The stability of the body can be made worse, so that
the results of therapy will be merely temporary. It is only
through treatment of the appropriate areas that predictable
and cumulative results can be seen.
At this time, this can be
accomplished only through great personal insight of the
therapist (luck) or with proprioceptive testing. The tests
are conducted in standing, seated and supine positions. When
the testing is complete for the day, I have a picture of the
binding forces or lock patterns of the connective tissues in
the skull, spine and pelvis. Once I understand this, I know
the position in which I need to place your pelvis, head and
neck and which positions in the nose need balloons as well
as the number and kinds of balloons.
The treatment unlocks the
binding pattern in the skeletal system (rather like creating
an earthquake), and the body begins shifting its pattern of
What happens when the
balloons are inflated?
The endonasal balloons are
inserted through the nostril into the top of the throat
through one of the six passageways that are available. The
inflating bulb is squeezed, pumping air into the balloon,
and it puffs up in the nostril. As the air pressure in the
balloon becomes greater, it presses outward against the
bones inside the nose and upper throat. Eventually the
pressure becomes great enough that the balloon forces its
way into the top of the throat. At that instant the bony
joints of the head are opened for a moment, and the tensions
stored in the connective tissues are released. The bone
structures of the head now shift.
What does depth of
testing is completed for the day, some of the findings
include a skull map. The positions of the skull that I have
found important for treatment can be generalized as anterior
(shallow), intermediate or posterior (deep). This is
important for the choice of the shape of the inflating
balloons. To reach a deeper joint in the head, thicker
balloons (greater gauge) are required. Shallower depths are
reached with thinner balloons. These variations will make
the treatment feel different to the patient at the moment of
inflation, but the changes felt after inflation will not
Why is there a special
massage before the balloons?
NCR is a therapy technique
that changes the entire structural system, including the
bones and muscles. By using NCR massage techniques, the
general muscular structure can be changed to allow a simpler
skeletal alignment pattern. However, the massage alone is
not sufficient to create long-lasting changes, because
massage treats only the muscles, and the balance pattern of
the bones is the final factor in determining the chronic
muscle tension and postural patterns.
The release of the muscles
from their typical tension also releases tension inside the
skull, spine and pelvis. This temporarily brings the bony
structures closer to their ideal position, although in a
manner that is inherently unstable. (Without appropriate
bone movement, these changes are only temporary.) This means
that NCR balloon treatment can be more effective and more
comfortable because there is less mechanical resistance to
movement of the bones toward their ideal position.
Why do you place my body
in a special position during treatment?
Inside the skull and
connecting through the spinal column and connecting with the
pelvis is the meningeal system. It is comprised primarily of
very strong and long, elastic connective tissue fibers.
Eighty-five per cent of the meninges are found inside the
skull. The remaining fifteen per cent surround the spinal
cord and connect to the pelvis. The specialized bodily
positions used during NCR place additional stress on the
meningeal fibers from the pelvis through the spine and into
the skull. This allows a greater and more complete shift of
the entire system at the time the balloon is inflated.
In the past, NCR therapy
was combined with mild adjustments of the spine and pelvis.
When appropriate bodily positions are included with the
balloon treatment, no other manipulations are needed. In
fact, the need to include the spinal and pelvis adjustments
was an indication of incomplete cranial therapy of the
Is there anything I can
do to accelerate my progress with NCR?
Yes. Active movements, if
within a person's normal performance range, are helpful,
especially balanced activities like walking, yoga, tai chi
or some kinds of swimming. It is important to stop
exercising before much fatigue sets in.
If emotional tension and
anxiety are prominent during a treatment series, then
relaxant herbs and medications are very important.
If rapid progress is
desired, treatment intervals should average less than twelve
weeks but at least four weeks. This is the most efficient
use of therapy. Some people, who lack the time for travel,
are concentrating treatments into smaller time capsules and
this works satisfactorily too. But these concentrated
treatments create the potential for side effects from the
changing structural patterns that are undetectable by the
treating doctor that can lead to painful postural patterns,
necessitating further treatment.
There has been a good
treatment result with an experimental treatment protocol of
twenty-four treatments in a month! In this situation,
though, there was additional significant short-term side
effects. There was great tenderness of the mucous membrane
in the nose, and the following four to six weeks the
patient's body was constantly changing, so he needed to be
even more careful to avoid any traumatizing activities than
any NeuroCranial Restructuring patient needs to be.
Is there anything that
impedes my progress with NCR? What should I avoid?
Yes. Please avoid
potentially traumatic activities and extremes in emotions or
fatigue. Common daily activities can be harmful soon after
receiving NCR treatment.
Any activity that stresses
the muscles or bones in an unusual way can change the
postural pattern, and before stability is achieved (after a
treatment sequence) damage can occur. If you are not a
furniture mover, don't begin moving furniture just after
completing NCR. If you normally walk three miles daily, then
walk three miles daily---don't decide to walk five miles
because you're feeling so good.
If you're feeling good
after receiving NCR, don't return to your therapist for
massage or manipulation because it is your normal
appointment time. (If their work were so great and
effective, then you wouldn't have needed NCR.)
manipulations, dental work, working or exercising to extreme
limits, great fatigue or getting highly emotional can be
detrimental to your NCR results. Please wait at least three
weeks before beginning these sorts of activities. If you are
still aware of movement going on, delay even longer. After
stability is achieved, such activities will be no problem;
there will be fewer difficulties in activity or mobility
than there were before receiving the NCR.