Nasal Specific Technique (NST) is based on the work of William G Sutherland, D.O (1873-1954). Dr. Sutherland began to investigate the body’s mechanical function and identify the body’s living anatomy (i.e flow of cranial fluid, texture of tissues, compression of bones, ect.). He did more to advance the concepts of “Self Healing” than any other osteopath of his generation.
Dr. Sutherland was labeled a “heretic” and a “quack” for establishing the common sense principle that the body’s central nervous system was in “constant rhythmic motion”. This motion is essential factor in human health and sustaining life.
Dr. Sutherland is best known for viewing the human body as a sophisticated “machine” believing that dysfunction or impairment in one area was bound to compromise the entire structure.
A small balloon is inserted into the nasal passages, and is quickly inflated and deflated. This is performed four times on each side of the nasal passages. By pressurizing the inside of the cranium, the small bones of the skull are expanded. This expansion unlocks the sutures and chambers within the skull to normal function. The NST is by no means a cure-all. For patients who have the below-mentioned conditions, the procedure can be miraculous.
- sinus congestion
- chronic sinus infections
- deviated septum’s
- cognitive problems associated with concussions
- learning and informational processing problems
- snoring problems and sleep apnea
- need for sinus surgery
When these chambers are congested and the sutures are locked, the results can be the conditions mentioned above. Sinus surgery can be avoided by simply expanding the tissues within the nasal passages. Babies who have difficulty nursing because congestion and difficultly breathing through their noses have immediate relief as do their sleep-deprived mothers.
Down’s syndrome babies were helped dramatically in their development by being treated with NST techniques on a regular basis throughout childhood. The parents often asked if NST could help them with their sinus problems or headaches. Amazingly, they experienced complete recovery from these chronic conditions.
Dr. Craig Buhler had the experience of spending many hours observing Dr. Stober’s clinic during his internship program. After hearing story after story of the amazing miracles being created in patients lives, it became clear NST was an incredible technique to incorporate with AMIT.
Dr. Sutherland identified this “living anatomy” as follows:
- Motion at the cranial sutures, the joints linking the 26 bones of the skull
- “Expansion and contraction” of the hemispheres of the brain
- Motion of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord
- A fluid wave within the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord
- Involuntary, subtle motion of the sacrum and tailbone.