What do the balloon adjustments (FCR) do for Palatal Myoclonus?


Dr. John Lieurance can you explain what the balloons do? I have tried many of the “conventional” methods for treating this. Next is botox, if that doesn’t work I am interested in trying FCR.

Thanks for asking.  I’m still not 100% sure what the primary action the balloons is having for PM or that its multiple. My theory’s are that it could be mechanical see picture below as the manipulation the balloon makes is so close to the action of the the soft palate (also known as velum or muscular palate).


The following are the muscles that can be involved in Palatal Myoclonus.

  1. Tensor veli palatini, which is involved in swallowing
  2. Palatoglossus, involved in swallowing
  3. Palatopharyngeus, involved in breathing
  4. Levator veli palatini, involved in swallowing
  5. Musculus uvulae, which moves the uvula

Notice above the proximity of the nasal cavity to the muscles of the palate/velum. Next look below and see the cranial bones such as the palatine bone, vomer and sphenoid. The vomer is midline nd is not depicted in the second picture but is very important and is manipulated with FCR.Gray174Palatine-Bone-Image














The second theory is that it’s neurological through the trigeminal nucleus and that the inflation is somehow interrupting the windup in the inferior olivary nucleus. Since the sinus’ are innervated through the trigeminal nucleus. The soft palate muscles are innervated by the vagus nerve, with the exception of the tensor veli palatini. The tensor veli palatini is innervated by the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve. Somatosensory Trigeminal Projections to the Inferior Olive, Cerebellum and other Precerebellar Nuclei. This then corrects the dentato-rubro-olivary pathway that is dysfunctional in Palatal Myoclonus.

To date I have treated 26 cases of palatal myoclonus and have seen more success with these cases than failure. Most cases also have head pressure along with the “clicking” from the myoclonus pulling on the eustachian tube to the inner ear. I have found the head pressure almost always goes away with endo-nasal balloon adjusting (FCR) and the myoclonus has been relieved by the endo-nasal balloons on some cases but generally these cases also require specific activation of the brain described as functional neurological exercises. These exercises are based on a detailed neurological evaluation and also sacciometry testing. I also use Glutathione nebulized (GlutaGenisis) and PEMF of the brain to support the brain with it’s neuroplasticity (healing). Many cases have had the 4 day series and had complete resolution of PM. It should be important to note that some cases required follow up treatment. I generally see these cases for a 4 day course of care.   Some cases require follow series. I have seen some cases receive incremental improvements in the symptoms of palatal myoclonus. I

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A letter from a happy patient. Better breathing after a broken nose.


Greetings from Vermont!

You may wish to know the result I have experienced from the FCR done May 5 – 8 as part of your class. The only real change has been that I can now fully breath through my right nostril. It is VERY refreshing!! Something that I have not been able to do since I broke my nose falling down a full flight of stairs when I was about 7 yrs old. To really be able to fill my lungs fully with little effort now is bound to be very beneficial to my overall health. I have so much fun taking big deep breaths now!!! Especially in the good, clear, refreshing air here in the rural mountains of Vermont!

This has eliminated the congestion I have always felt in the left side of my head and face. My right eye finally looks and feels healthy. My nose is clear and open when I wake up every morning. One or two gentle blows and I’m all set . I used to have to work on it throughout the day, and never really felt the passage way clear. I am sure the feeling during the treatment was because you were moving some very well set, overgrown bones from the healing of the break, even though my family doctor reset my nose well after the break. The fall had knocked out my two front teeth and left my unconscious for 25 min. It was major! And diid a job on my spinal bones that have had me going to Chiropractors for years.

I was attributing much of this to the bad PT that was done on my jaw and roof of my month some 20 years ago. It was very noticeable that the roof of my mouth had been pushed up. That feels and looks lower after the FCR. – Good!


Treatment of Barré-Lieou Syndrome Using Prolotherapy and Chiropractic Cranial Adjustments


Treatment of Barré-Lieou Syndrome

Barré-Lieou syndrome was discovered by and named after Jean Alexandre Barre, M.D., a French neurologist, and Yong-Choen Lieou, a Chinese physician. Each discovered the syndrome independently and described a very wide range of symptoms thought to be due to a dysfunction of the group of nerves called the posterior cervical sympathetic nervous system, located near the vertebrae in the neck.

How does Barré-Lieou Syndrome develop?

Barré-Liéou syndrome is due to vertebral instability, which affects the function of the nerve cell aggregations located in the neck just in front of the vertebrae. Vertebral instability or misalignment occurs because the ligaments that support the neck become weakened or injured. This is what occurs in the commonly known whiplash injury. Not only do neck and headache pain occur with whiplash injury, but also the signs and symptoms of Barré-Lieou syndrome.

This condition also may develop in people who spend a good portion of their day hunched over while working. Any activity that precipitates the head forward position and puts the cervical vertebral ligaments in a stretched position will cause the ligaments to weaken over time. The ligament laxity causes an even more head forward position as the ligaments can no longer keep the cervical vertebrae in their proper posterior alignment. Neck pain results and the cycle repeats itself.

What are the symptoms of Barré-Lieou Syndrome?

barre-lieou syndromeSymptoms that characterize Barré-Lieou syndrome are headache, facial pain, ear pain, vertigo, tinnitus, loss of voice, hoarseness, neck pain, severe fatigue, muscle weakness, sinus congestion, a sense of the eyeball being pulled out, and numbness. Other symptoms may include a pins-and-needles sensation of the hands and forearms, corneal sensitivity, dental pain, lacrimation (tearing of the eyes), blurred vision, facial numbness, shoulder pain, swelling on one side of the face, nausea, vomiting and localized cyanosis of the face (bluish color).

Modern Medicine misses the mark with Barré-Lieou Syndrome

Since Barré-Lieou syndrome is a sympathetic system disorder and the primary symptom is headache, traditional treatment usually involves prescriptions of Cafergot, Ergotamine and Sumatriptin, all of which vasoconstrict the blood vessels. Although these medicines work, their effect is only temporary. They act on the symptom of the dysfunction and not the cause, which is why their benefit is only temporary.

In addition I use chiropractic  manipulation to the cranial bones and spine. They do not, however, correct the underlying problem of ligament laxity so this needs to be done in conjunction with Prolotherapy or PRP.

Correcting the underlying cause of Barré-Lieou Syndrome with Prolotherapy


A better approach is to correct the alignment of the vertebrae in the neck posteriorly (back) so they no longer pinch the sympathetic nerves. This can be accomplished through Prolotherapy, which promotes healing of the ligament weakness in the neck, the root cause of Barré-Liéou syndrome. As the posterior sympathetic nervous system begins to function correctly, other symptoms of Barré-Liéou syndrome, such as dizziness, tinnitus and vertigo also subside. Patients who have had sinus trouble for years also experience clear breathing as sympathetic output to the sinus area is increased. Finally, additional symptoms, such as blurred vision, severe fatigue, dysesthesias (pins and needles down the arm), low blood pressure and low heart rate are also improved with increased output of the sympathetic nervous system.

The safest and most effective natural medicine treatment for repairing tendon, ligament and cartilage damage is Prolotherapy. In simple terms, Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair painful areas. It does so by inducing a mild inflammatory reaction in the weakened ligaments and cartilage. Since the body heals by inflammation, Prolotherapy stimulates healing.

Prolotherapy offers the most curative results in treating Barré-Lieou syndrome. It effectively eliminates all symptoms because it attacks the source: the misalignment of neck vertebrae caused by ligament weakness. What’s more, the tissue strengthening and pain and symptom relief stimulated by Prolotherapy is permanent!

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Former Bronco undergoes alternate therapy for concussions



DENVER- When we think of concussions, we usually think of athletes. Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker missed severalgames this season while recovering from one. While athletes may experience more concussions than the average person, they can happen to anyone and even one can have long term effects.

Former Bronco Jeb Putzier is now undergoing an alternative therapy for concussions. As a tight end with the Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, Putzier took thousands of hits, which he says resulted in hundreds of concussions.

Putzier left the Broncos and football in 2005 and he says he continues to suffer side effects from years of concussions.

“I was having trouble sleeping. Word finding was a really tough one. Even playing my guitar, I had trouble remembering the lyrics or talking,” Putzier said.

These days, Putzier says he’s feeling better. Under the care of Dr. Shane Steadman, a Chiropractic Neurologist in Englewood, Putzier is undergoing what’s called visual re-stabilization.

“When people have concussions, very often what happens is their whole visual system gets thrown off,” Dr. Steadman said. “What we try to do is bring those pieces back together.”

To do that, Putzier is put through a series of visual exercises, including one where he tries to focus on a moving target.

“The better we can get the visual system to communicate with the rest of the brain and how the brain communicates with the visual system, we start to see changes in how people can live their life,” said Dr. Steadman.

Putzier says he’s already seeing results, “Having this has been helpful in my job and everything I do daily, just going around and being normal, instead of having those mood swings.”

9Health Reporter Dr. John Torres says it’s important to remember that concussions affect everyone differently, so while this treatment may work for Putzier, it may not work for someone else. As always, its best to talk with your doctor first.

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