About  CFR

Are you insane?” – were the first words that came to mind when I was first introduced to this unique and bazaar technique at a Parker Seminar fresh out of school back in 1984. But of course, I knew everything back then and the thought of inserting a balloon into the nasal cavity and inflating it to adjust the cranium was just too inconceivable to me. I literally got up and walked out of the seminar, and the instructor made sure that everyone noticed as he aimed his laser pointer in the middle of my back and proclaimed, “There goes a guy who just doesn’t get it!”

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I know it sounds bazaar, but this is NOT a new concept. Cranial ballooning has been around since the early 1900’s and was pioneered by chiropractor/naturopath, Dr. Richard Stober back in the 60’s & 70’s. He called his procedure “Bilateral Nasal Specific” or BNS, and all present-day versions of this technique arose from his methods & procedures.

To understand how this technique works, it is important to realize that the skull is NOT one solid bone.  It is made up of 22 individual bones that actually MOVE every time you inhale – or at least they are supposed to.  Every time you inhale, the cranium expands – every time you exhale the cranium relaxes and contracts with the purpose of pumping Cerebral Spinal Fluid throughout the brain and spinal cord.

 

Within this process, each of the cranial bones has its own “Direction of Motion” as the cranium expands and relaxes to accommodate the increased intrathecal pressure exerted within the cranial vault every time you inhale. Any “Fixation” or restriction of motion of any of these individual cranial bones, impedes the flow of CSF to that part of the brain and typically gives rise to a wide variety of symptoms and neurological disorders – including visceral disease according to medical doctor and researcher, Dr. A.D. Speransky in his book “The Theory for the Basis of Medicine”.   In this book Dr. Speransky explains the direct relationship between mechanical pressure on the control centers of the brain and the genesis of disease.  So important were these findings that B.J. dedicated 15 pages of the Green Books specifically to A.D. Speransky and his findings.

 

This cranial motion phenomenon is facilitated by way of the Dural attachment to the base of the occiput and the base of the sacrum which acts as a lever between the two.  They work in conjunction to flex and relax every time you breathe to create a pumping mechanism which facilitates the flow of CSF throughout the brain and spinal cord.

 

Now I realize this is a new concept for most of you, but regardless of common opinion, the cranial bones DO move.  It’s not gross osseous movement, but more of a flexion (expansion) and relaxation of the skull with respiration (according to the expert – anatomist and researcher Dr. Marc Pick and his 1000-page book entitled “Cranial Sutures).

 

The primary bone of the skull is the Sphenoid bone.  It is the central most bone of the cranial vault and it is the primary bone we are targeting in CFR technique.  The sphenoid bone houses the pituitary gland and articulates with 12 other bones – especially important is where the Sphenoid articulates with the basilar portion of the occiput.  Here it forms a very important joint called the “Spheno-basilar junction”. 

The SB junction is a symphysis joint, which means its “Disc-like” and as chiropractors we know, that “Structure relates to function” – a basic chiropractic principle. The SB Junction is designed this way specifically to allow for the flexion and relaxation of the cranial system upon respiration.  All cranial motion revolves around this specialized joint and it is the primary joint we are targeting in CFR technique.

 

The procedure is performed in a series of 4 days of treatment, with specific bilateral inflations administered on each individual day, followed by post-inflation manual cranial adjusting procedures. It typically takes 3-4 series to achieve optimal benefit from this treatment. The equipment consists of a finger cot attached to a sphyg bulb.  Colloidal silver gel is applied as a lubricant to avoid infection, and a blunt ended wooden toothpick is used to carefully guide the balloon into the nose.  The most common question typically asked when performing this technique is, “Are you inserting the balloon into the sinus cavity?”  The answer is NO!  We are inserting the balloon into the nasopharynx, which is the opening between the nose and the throat.

 

The nasopharynx is divided up into 3 sections on each side – lower, middle, and upper – total of 6, called the nasal turbinates.  The balloon is inserted as far back into the appropriate turbinate as possible, then quickly inflated to open up the breathing passageways and mobilize the bones of the face and cranium. The procedure takes about 2 seconds and is not painful.  It’s more a feeling of intense pressure, but not in your nose – in your face.  The objective is to inflate the balloon all the way back into the throat specifically targeting the spheno-palatine suture.  As the balloon expands, your skull starts cracking as your sutures release, and when the balloon explodes into the back of your throat, it’s like “POW” baby!  Talk about turning the lights on!

 

By reinstating normal cranial motion, taking the torque off the Dura, facilitating normal CSF flow, increasing oxygen carrying capacity to the brain, increasing vascular flow to the brain, increasing venous & lymphatic drainage from brain, and relieving the tension off the anterior attachment of the Dura at the Sellae Turcica, you optimize the function of the primary two control centers of the body – the brain and pituitary gland – primarily focusing on the other 80% of the nervous system, at the source of the nerve impulse before moving further down the chain and concerning ourselves with how that nerve impulse is transmitted.

 

Exactly what BJ was talking about when he came up with the phrase, “From Above-Down” FIRST!  Before focusing on the second half of the equation, the “Inside-out” part. Yet as chiropractors, we rarely address the ORIGINAL source of the problem where the primary subluxation lies – above the neck, in the cranium.

 

80%  -vs-  20% .  It’s a No Brainer!

How CFR Works

Check out these videos of Dr. Adam Del Torto’s CFR technique who is changing the lives of last resort patients who have tried everything else first.

Meet Our Founder

Dr. Adam J Del Torto is a 1984 Graduate of NYCC. He is the founder
and developer of a specialized “balloon assisted” cranial adjusting
technique called Cranial Facial Release (CFR). CFR often works on
last resort patients who have not responded to other forms of
conventional treatment.


Dr. Adam’s integrative approach to treatment incorporates CFR
technique with combination of Diversified chiropractic adjusting
procedures + SOT analysis systems to make it congruent with
“Above down, inside out” chiropractic philosophy and principles.
Dr. Adam has lectured at multiple chiropractic forums in both the U.S.
and abroad, and his unique approach to cranial adjusting has
generated a lot of interest and enthusiasm throughout the profession.
He has been featured on the E-Channel, Celebrity News Magazine,
and The Randy Alverez “Wellness Hour”, which has attracted
international attention. 


CFR is credentialed through Life West University and Cal Chiro
(formerly California Chiropractic Association) for 18 hrs. of CE credits
and recognized as an acceptable and viable technique throughout the
chiropractic community.


Dr. Adam is also the creator of a new chiropractic convention called
“CHIROPRACTIC ROCKS” – an annual event which features 20+
high-level speakers whose primary objective is help to “Shape the
Future of Chiropractic and Create the Next Generation of Chiropractic
Legends”.


Chiropractic Rocks is the newest wave of chiropractic conventions to
come onto the horizon to help navigate this profession into the next
millennium and beyond.

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I know this sounds bazaar, but it is NOT a new concept. Cranial ballooning has been around since the early 1900’s and was pioneered by chiropractor/naturopath, Dr. Richard Stober back in the 60’s & 70’s. He called his procedure “Bilateral Nasal Specific” or BNS, and all present-day versions of this technique arose from his methods & procedures.

Meet

 Dr.Adam Del Torto

Dr. Adam J. Del Torto is a highly qualified chiropractor who has dedicated his career to providing exceptional care to his patients. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1984 and has been practicing in Burbank, CA and Catalina Island ever since.

Dr. Del Torto is a specialist in Cranial Facial Release (CFR) techniques, a balloon assisted cranial adjustment method developed from Dr. Stober’s BNS technique. He has gained recognition in the chiropractic community through his lectures and media appearances, including Access Hollywood and the E-Channel, which has attracted international attention to his expertise in CFR.

 

Meet

 Dr.Adam Del Torto

Dr. Adam J Del Torto, BS, DC is a 1984 Graduate of New York
Chiropractic College. He is the founder and developer of Cranial
Facial Release (CFR) – a specialized endo-nasal “balloon
assisted” cranial adjusting procedure that often works on last
resort patients who have not responded favorably to other forms
of conventional treatment.


Dr. Adam’s integrative approach to treatment incorporates CFR
technique in combination with SOT analysis & treatment
protocols + Diversified adjusting procedures to clear everything
below the occiput before addressing the cranium. It’s a
complete analysis and adjusting technique.


Dr. Adam has lectured at multiple chiropractic forums in both
the U.S. and abroad, and his unique approach to cranial
adjusting has generated interest and enthusiasm throughout the
profession. He has been featured on the E-Channel, Celebrity
News Magazine, and The Randy Alverez “Wellness Hour”, which
has attracted international attention. 


CFR is credentialed through Life West College, Life University,
and Cal Chiro (formerly California Chiropractic Association) and recognized as an acceptable and viable technique throughout the chiropractic community.


Dr. Adam is also the creator of a new chiropractic convention
called “CHIROPRACTIC ROCKS” – an annual event which
features 20+ high-level speakers whose primary objective is help
to “Shape the Future of Chiropractic” and “Create the Next Generation of Chiropractic Legends”.