Before I introduce to you Neurocranial Restructuring I’d like to mention recently I found an article listed on a certain directory regarding sinusitis that I considered republishing on this site. It was by a Dr. Dean Howell and it contains some very good information about the origins and treatment of this disease.
However, since most of this information is already covered on this site, I decided not to republish it here. Upon doing some research on Dr. Howell himself, I discovered that he’d had developed a treatment which, according to him, can ease the discomfort of many illnesses and conditions, including sinusitis.
What Is Neurocranial Restructuring?
Neurocranial Restructuring is a technique developed by Dr. Howell which supposedly can overcome the physical pain and suffering from injuries. I’m talking about the kind of injuries sustained from accidents and sporting incidents.
Dr. Howell and his supporters say that Neurocranial Restructuring can relieve suffering from such ailments as scoliosis, back pain, vertigo, broken noses, various types of skull damage, eye abnormalities, ear problems, and yes, even sinus conditions. And this is done “without drugs, cosmetic surgery, or exercise”.
Neurocranial Restructuring reminds me of Chiropractic care. It is a manipulation of the skull and spine to return it to its original design. By manipulating the skull bones, the head will sit properly balanced on top of the spine.
Neurocranial Restructuring Procedure
First there are four treatments in four consecutive days. There is an evaluation, followed by a cranial massage. A balloon is inserted into the nasal cavity and inflated. This procedure should not be confused with Balloon Sinuplasty which we’ve discussed elsewhere.
According to proponents of this therapy, cranial restructuring results in a skull that is positioned properly over the spine. The benefits include an improved nervous system, facial structure, and of course, clear sinus passage.
Who Is Dr. Dean Howell?
Dr. Howell received a B.A. in mathematics in 1978, and a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in 1982. He received his license as a naturopathic physician in 1982. He lives and practices in Washington State.
His site is crammed with testimonials from satisfied clients (as you might expect). However, he is not without his detractors. Paying a visit to Dr. Stephen Barrett, MD’s site can be an eye-opener. Here is a quote that you may find interesting: “There is no published scientific evidence or logical reason to believe that NCR is effective for treating any of the conditions for which it is recommended.”
Dr. Barrett relates the case of a Canadian child who asphyxiated following a Bilateral Nasal Specific procedure. Also there was the case of a woman who suffered fractures to her nasal septum during a NCR treatment. In any case, Dr. Barrett’s url is http://www.chirobase.org/066DD/ncr.html
Comparing NCR to Balloon Sinuplasty
I mentioned earlier the Neurocranial Restructuring should not be confused with Balloon Sinuplasty. If you have any confusion about Balloon Sinuplasty, go here.
Dr. Howell has made some comparisons between Neurocranial Restructuring and Balloon Sinuplasty on his site.I will list them here and let you be the judge:
Balloon Sinuplasty=2 hrs; NCR=20-30 minutes
Balloon Sinuplasty fractures bone in nasal passages; NCR does not
The skull is not widened significantly with Balloon Sinuplasty; It is with NCR
Balloon Sinuplasty is limited to sinusitis; NCR covers a wide range of ailments
Balloon Sinuplasty is more expensive than NCR
If you troll the internet, you will find many sites and testimonials either praising Neurocranial Restructuring, or ridiculing it. I freely admit that as a layman who has never tried the procedure, I am prepared to do neither.
Go to Dr. Howell’s site (http://www.drdeanhowell.com) and read about it yourself. Then read some of the blogs and other sites both for and against the procedure. As with any sinus infection treatment, make an informed decision before committing yourself.
References: Dr. Howell’s site
Dr. Stephen Barrett, MD
Dr Boyer B. Cole, ND
Neurocranial Restructuring Update:
Not long ago, I received an email from Dr. Selena Eon, ND who is an expert in this area of treatment. Doctor Eon wanted to clarify a few points on the procedure, which I am certainly grateful for. I have reproduced her email in it’s entirety on my blog. Just go there and scroll to the February 9, 2009 post. Or you may go directly to her site here