Vance Medical

Breathing Protocol Information by Vance Medical

Dr Vance’s Breathing Protocol is a treatment that can help most sorts of lung disorders including asthma, COPD, shortness of breath, pneumonia and bronchitis. The treatment also tends to make patients feel very relaxed, and as such can help significantly with anxiety, panic attacks and musculoskeletal chest pain. Many patients experience significant improvement in both respiratory and mood-related symptoms. These positive effects may take as few as one visit, but are often better when built over several treatments.

The Breathing Protocol consists of 4 separate but complementary procedures:

1. Infraspinatus Respiratory Reflex: The injection of procaine or lidocaine into tender areas in the bilateral infraspinatus (the muscle over the shoulder blades). This was discovered by Dr Philibert in Louisiana to make a significant positive difference in patients with asthma.

2. Neural Reflex Therapy (NRT): A light-touch manual therapy that alleviates tender areas on the front and sides of the chest wall. NRT instantly relaxes the muscles in the areas treated, and frequently by the time this step is complete, patients feel significantly more relaxed.

3. Tickle Therapy: A treatment that involves applying local anesthetic, grazing but not penetrating the skin with a needle, all the way around the chest wall. This part of the procedure is not painful, but people who are ticklish might laugh.

4. Lung Boost: A combination of breathing with manual therapy that can have additional benefits and help patients breathe deeper and easier.

Because significant parts of the breathing protocol require direct contact with the skin, Dr Vance needs access to the entire torso. For female patients, a gown is provided and we always have a female staff member in the room during the visit.

Dr Vance can combine our Breathing Protocol with other therapies, including our PTSD Protocol, Abdominal Protocol, Breast Pain Protocol, or any other treatments that may be of additional benefit to the patient. The Breathing Protocol alone takes about 45 minutes, although depending on the number and severity of tender areas that time could be longer or shorter. If the Breathing Protocol is done in combination with another procedure, we will do our best to schedule enough time for all needed procedures to be done.

Billing is based on time spent with the patient.