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Does your ‘stuffy’ nose feel like an “ornament” ?

April 23rd, 2012

There may be some truth to this old technique to clear your nose. It said  to relieve sinus pressure: Alternate thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.

Anyway I have my own views on why this might work. I have often wondered why the following osteopathic  technique I perform on clients, successfully clears their nasal passage! This picture from Gray’s anatomy shows the anatomy of the maxilla and “The Greater Palantine Foramen”.


One Osteopathic analysis-Lisa DeStefano, D.O., mentioned the vomer rocks back and forth. It is one of the unpaired facial bones of the skull and is located in the midsagittal line, and articulates with the sphenoid, the ethmoid, the left and right palatine bones, and the left and right maxillary bones. This may be true but when I look at the anatomy in this area, I have another reason why the nasal passage clears?

Technique: During inspiration phase, I place my index finger intraorally on the Greater Palantine Foramen that my client reports is the nasal side which feels more restricted to breathe. Personally I think this may have a direct effect on the pterygopalatine ganglion.  This is the relay station between the superior salivatory nucleus in the pons, the lacrimal gland,  the mucous and serous glands of the palate, nose and paranasal sinuses. Arising from within the ganglion are parasympathetic fibres which are secreto-motor. Some of these fibres run with the greater palatine nerve which has nasal branches which supply the postero-inferior quadrant of the lateral wall of the nose. Hence the effect of clearing the nose on that side.

Grays anatomy states: The primary function of the maxilla is to form a partition between the maxillary and nasal sinuses in order to allow pressure differentials and guarantee swallowing and breathing processes independently of one another.

This function of the maxilla is essential to life and is already present at birth. The teeth ad their alveolar processes do not appear until later. In the posterior region of the palate, this bone is only a few tenths of a millimetre thick.The maxilla is a divided bone that consists of 4 primary bones. The visible seam of the palate remains even into old age. Forces up to 2000 newtons have been measured when biting on a molar tooth!

Providing the patient has a full complement of teeth in that arch, the greater palatine canal is located between the middle portion of the third molar and the middle portion of the second molar 84 percent of the time. It is located mesial to the mid portion of the second molar 10 percent of the time, and distal to the mid portion of the third molar in 6 percent of the population.

Worth also noting is: The vomeronasal organ, also called Jacobson’s organ, is a chemoreceptor organ named for its closeness to the vomer and nasal bones, is thought to have to do with the perception of certain pheromones.

The following are 3 testimonials written after experiencing a treatment I do on the maxilla/ greater palantine foramen

-“It feels like my nose was an ornament, until Cathy worked on the roof of my mouth! I was so excited when suddenly, I could breathe easier out of a nostril that has not worked properly, for as long as I can remember.” Pamela

– “After Cathy worked on me I felt absolutely great! I have not been able to breathe through my right nostril for 11 years! When I left her clinic I thought my car was on fire, I could smell every one’s brakes going down the Cut and over the bridge; my hearing and vision is better and best of all, only a little jaw pain and headache. Thank you..

Lainey Lajeunesse. Vancouver TMJ and sleep therapy clinic

-“I feel like I am standing on top of the mountain and can finally breathe right. What a great feeling,” Thank you…Natana CDA

If anyone has any other ideas or comments please let me know!









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