Cranial Facial Release

Cranial Facial Release (CFR) is an advanced endo-nasal “Balloon Assisted” cranial adjusting technique that has been used successfully in the treatment of various neurological and structural disorders. It is a specialized technique that was derived from an earlier form of endo-nasal cranial adjusting called Bilateral Nasal Specific (BNS) pioneered by chiropractor Richard Stober in the 1960’s and 70’s. CFR was originated by Dr. Adam Del Torto, DC and is an offshoot of BNS, but is much more specific and much less invasive.

The objective of CFR technique is to unlock cranial fixations and induce mobility in the cranial system with the purpose of facilitating normal cranial respiratory motion and normal cranial function. This technique is performed by inserting tiny balloons in the nose that are quickly inflated to mobilize the bones of the face and cranium. It is a very fast procedure and feels similar to the sensation of jumping into a swimming pool and having the pressure of going under water – it isn’t exactly painful, but not the most comfortable sensation either – but it’s quick! The whole process takes 2-3 seconds and is performed in a series of 4 individual days of treatment over a 7-14 day period.

To understand how CFR works, it is important to realize that the skull is NOT one solid bone. It is made up of 22 individual bones that are supposed to move every time you breathe. Cranial fixations are a common occurrence and often times the root cause of many chronic neurological conditions and recurrent pain syndromes that don’t respond to conventional chiropractic adjusting procedures. Frequent causes of cranial aberrations and structural fixations are due to things like head trauma, birth trauma, uneven bite force (TMJ disorder), bruxism, etc., yet these conditions are seldom detected and rarely addressed by body workers.

It is important to realize that cranial motion is not “gross osseous movement.” It is an expansion and relaxation movement with each cranial bone having its own specific direction of motion. This “cranial respiratory motion” works in direct conjunction with “sacral respiratory motion” and is the key mechanism by which Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) is produced in the choroid plexus and circulated throughout the brain and spinal cord. This is essential to normal brain function, which is essential to normal body function, embodying the basic scientific and philosophical foundation of chiropractic.

What differentiates CFR from other endo-nasal techniques is that CFR is based on Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) protocols with emphasis being placed on clearing everything below the level of the Atlas before adjusting the cranium, which refers to the methods by which we locate and remove spinal subluxations and reduce torque off the dura before it enters into the cranial vault using SOT procedures and conventional chiropractic adjusting techniques. Relieving dural torque is a primary objective of CFR technique, as it plays an intricate role in cranial function and ,more importantly, brain function. But relieving dural torque has an even greater effect on body function than just optimizing brain function. Reducing dural tension at its anterior attachment reduces mechanical torque on the pituitary gland and helps facilitate normal endocrine function.

The majority of people who come in for CFR treatment are often last resort patients who have been through the gamut of conventional medical procedures without success and are looking for a more conservative alternative approach to care that is cost effective and works!


• Breathing Disorders

• Sinusitis

• Snoring

• Sleep Apnea

• Deviated Septum

• Migraine Headaches

• Vertigo

• Facial Pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia)

• Facial Paralysis (Bell’s Palsy)

• TMJ Disorder

• Post-Concussion Syndrome

• Seizures

• Neurological Disorders

• Infants with Craniometaphyseal Dysplasia (Infantile Skull Deformities)

• Hydrocephalus

• Children with Learning Disorders