Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep-related breathing disorders. This condition causes your breathing to continuously stop and start in your sleep. There are several kinds of sleep apnea, but the most common type of sleep apnea is referred to as “obstructive sleep apnea.” This happens when the muscles in your throat relax and contract in your sleep, intermittently blocking your airway. The most obvious sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring. There are different treatments for obstructive sleep apnea, such as a device that uses positive pressure to maintain an unobstructed airway while you sleep. There are also other options such as a mouthpiece or surgery. Luckily, there’s a totally holistic treatment option for your sleep apnea that requires no surgery or medication. If you have sleep apnea, cranial facial release is a chiropractic method that has been shown to be extremely effective at treating the condition.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep apnea is quite common and may impact your everyday function. Some symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea to watch out for include:
- Loud snoring
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by choking or gasping
- Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep
- Morning headache
- Waking up all the time with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
- High blood pressure
- Mood changes, like irritability or depression
- Decreased libido
When You Should Seek Treatment
You should consult a medical professional and seek treatment if you or your partner notices the following:
- Waking up gasping or choking
- Snoring loud enough to disturb your sleep or that of others
- Having excessive daytime drowsiness, which may result in you dozing off while watching television, working, or even driving a car
Snoring is extremely common and doesn’t necessarily mean you have obstructive sleep apnea, but if your snoring is severe or punctuated by periods of silence, you should seek medical attention.
Cranial Facial Release Effectively Treats Sleep Apnea
Cranial Facial Release is a chiropractic technique that is used to unlock cranial fixations and promote mobility in the cranial system. During CFR, tiny balloons are inserted into the nose and rapidly inflated to mobilize the bones of the cranium and face. The entire process only takes about three seconds and is performed as a series of treatments over a 7-10 day period. The procedure is fairly pain-free, and patients may feel a slight discomfort that swiftly passes. Some patients report that it feels like jumping into a swimming pool and having water shoot up their nose. Many people who come to us seeking CFR are often patients that have already run the gamut of conventional medical procedures and medications without seeing any results, and are looking for a holistic and innovative approach that requires no medications or invasive procedures.
CFR has been shown to be effective at treating breathing disorders and snoring problems, including sleep apnea. Since it is a comprehensive approach aimed at encouraging facial mobility, it can also treat conditions such as sinusitis, deviated septums, migraine headaches, facial pain, vertigo, TMJ disorder, facial paralysis, post-concussion syndrome, neurological disorders, and seizures. CFR is not only holistic and efficient, but also extremely cost-effective compared to many other treatments.