NCR-Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone notices intense pressure inside the nose during each treatment with the endonasal balloons. The pressure is used one to four times daily for two to five seconds each time. This means that each treatment has from two to twenty seconds of intense pressure inside the nose. Treatment sometimes hurts. Some people find the first treatment sequence very painful. Each day, after treatment, the bones continue to move, and this too can feel strange, painful or uncomfortable. These situations are usually most intense during the first treatment series. Fortunately, it doesn't remain that way. Ninety-five percent of the return patients find it easier after the first sequence.
No. After NCR treatment, a person needs to rest for (typically) five to fifteen minutes before driving. Occasionally a longer time is needed for recuperation. After this initial reaction time, normal tasks like driving can be performed. However, people can have residual effects, such as sensations of movement in the head (aching or throbbing), cold or flu symptoms, or increased fatigue, so that they may not feel like they are functioning normally for the entire treatment series and a few days beyond.
I have performed about sixty thousand treatments with endonasal balloons. I have seen two or three episodes of vomiting. It is so rare that I do not think these cases were associated with treatment.
However, it is reasonably common to have toxic releases after NCR. During early treatment series, as many as one of six patients can have detoxification reactions like fever, diarrhea or malaise.
If you easily bleed, be prepared for the possibility of blood during NCR treatment. For bruising, I recommend the enzyme bromelain (from pineapple) as well as the homeopathic Arnica montana to promote healing. Using blood thinners is usually no problem. In special circumstances, with the permission of the prescribing doctor, some patients will decrease their blood thinner dosage for a few days prior to NCR.
It is common to feel light-headed after NCR treatment. Homeopathic medicines such as Arnica or Gelsemium are usually effective in stopping this quickly. But, very rarely, people have fainted. All NCR staff members try to prevent blackout by not standing you up too quickly and by letting you sit or lie down when you feel faint. The feeling will pass soon.
NCR is not recommended during labor and delivery. There are too many other things for the mother to be concerned with at that time. However, treatment can be given at any time up to that point. It is best to work on a pregnant mother early in her pregnancy because she will be more comfortable throughout the pregnancy and delivery when her spine and pelvis are operating optimally. If the treating doctor finds that a pregnant woman has powerful changes during NCR treatment, then therapy should be avoided during the final trimester of pregnancy so that labor isn't begun prematurely. (I know of no instance of this occurring.)
NCR is one of the most innovative ways of improving athletic performance. Many athletes strive for perfect form with bodies that work imperfectly. For instance, when a sprinter runs, the arms should be pumped straight forward and back. This can occur only if the shoulders are in the correct anatomical position. If the postural pattern of the athlete is not optimal, he or she cannot run as fast because of the inability to pump the arms efficiently and effectively. This is one of many such situations that can be corrected with NCR.
Many athletes now wear nasal breathing tapes to open the nasal passages. But with NCR, nasal breathing can be greatly improved without the need for tapes across the nose.
Remember the Super Bowl in which the running back for the Denver Broncos needed a drug injection during halftime to control his migraine pain? Orthodontia had decreased the severity of his migraines, and he had the best season of his athletic career. With a hit to his head during the first quarter of the Super Bowl, a migraine appeared. With NCR, his migraines could be stopped.
Many athletes cannot run as fast or as far as they would like because of the inability to breathe deeply. This is especially true when the excursion of the diaphragm is reduced. With NCR, the musculoskeletal structures are released and diaphragm movement is enhanced, creating a larger, deeper breath every inhalation. This allows the more efficient aerobic respiration to continue longer in the body, delaying the inevitable anaerobic respiration. This means the athlete can run longer, farther and faster before fatigue sets in.
NCR for athletes is a natural solution for athletic enhancement!
Typical head movement lasts for three weeks after treatment. In unusual situations, people have felt continued movement in their heads for four months.