Cranial Facial Release (CFR)

Cranial Facial Release, or CFR, is a cranial adjusting technique using endo-nasal “balloons” to treat different structural and neurological disorders. This specialized technique stems from an earlier form of end-nasal cranial adjusting known as Bilateral Nasal Specific (BNS) developed in the 1960’s and ‘70s

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Dr. Gene Perkins Specializing in Cranial Facial Release (CFR)

Dr. Gene Perkins is one of the very few Chiropractors in Florida that specialize in Cranial Facial Release (CFR)! With two decades of experience treating patients in the Pompano Beach area, Dr. Gene Perkins has established himself as one of the top chiropractic specialists in Florida. Call Dr. Gene Perkins at Coastal Chiropractic to schedule an appointment for Cranial Facial Release (CFR) today!

How Cranial Facial Release (CFR) Works

CFR is performed to induce cranial system mobility and unlock cranial fixation primarily through targeting the sphenoid bone in order to optimize cranial function and cranial respiratory motion. By inserting and inflating tiny balloons in the patient’s nasal pharynx, CFR seeks to mobilize the many bones in the cranium and face. Patients say that the procedure feels a lot like water shooting up your nose when you jump into a swimming pool- not painful, but slightly unpleasant. The procedure only takes around 2-3 seconds, and typically takes place over a 7-10 day period in a series of 4 treatments.

Why Cranial Facial Release (CFR) Works

Many people may think that their skull is one solid piece of bone, when in fact it is composed of 22 individual bones that work in conjunction every time you breathe. However, cranial fixations are common, and can be the root cause of a wide range of recurrent pain syndromes and chronic neurological conditions that don’t respond to other types of chiropractic adjustments. Some common causes of sutural fixations and cranial aberrations include:

  • Birth trauma
  • Head trauma
  • Bruxism
  • TMJ disorder
  • Uneven bite force

To understand how CFR works, you must first understand how cranial motion works. Each cranial bone moves in its own specific direction to allow for expansion and relaxation of the cranium as a whole. This is known as “cranial respiratory motion” and works together with “sacral respiratory motion” to circulate Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF), which is produced in the choroid plexus, throughout the spinal cord and brain. Proper circulation of CSF is critical to normal brain and body function, and quality chiropractic care can improve circulation of CSF through adjustments like CFR.

What Makes Cranial Facial Release (CFR) Different

CFR is distinct from other endo-nasal techniques because it is derived from SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique) protocols. SOT protocols emphasize “clearing everything below the Atlas,” which refers to relieving Dural Torque. Relieving dural tension not only optimizes brain function, but also facilitates normal endocrine function through reducing mechanical torque on the pituitary gland.

Who Can Benefit From Cranial Facial Release (CFR) ?

Many people who come in for CFR treatment are last-resort patients who are looking for a holistic approach to care that really works. Some conditions Dr. Gene Perkins at Coastal Chiropractic treats with CFR include:

  • Sinusitis
  • Breathing disorders
  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Deviated Septums
  • Facial pain
  • Migraines
  • Vertigo
  • Facial paralysis
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Neurological disorders
  • TMJ disorder