J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1995 Jan; 18(1): 38-41.
Nasal specific technique as part of a chiropractic approach to chronic sinusitis and sinus headaches.
Faculty, Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, OR, USA.
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the use of nasal specific technique in conjunction with other chiropractic interventions in managing chronic head pain. CLINIC FEATURES: A 41-yr-old woman was treated for chronic sinusitis and sinus headaches. She had suffered weight loss and pain over a 2-month period. INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME: Chiropractic manipulation and soft tissue manipulation administered 2-6 times per month for approximately 1 yr had minimal long-term effect on the patient's head pain. When additional interventions (nasal specific technique and light force cranial adjusting) were added to the treatment regimen, significant relief of symptoms was achieved after the nasal specific technique was performed. The duration of the relief increased with successive therapeutic sessions, with minimally persistent symptoms after 2 months of therapy. CONCLUSION: The nasal specific technique, when used in conjunction with other therapies, may be useful in treating chronic sinus inflammation and pain. Further investigation is needed to identify the usefulness of the nasal specific technique as an independent intervention, the use of the technique in other types of patients and presentations, and the mechanism of therapeutic benefit.