February 19, 2024

Parkinson’s Tremors & Cranial Facial Release (CFR)

If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson's disease, you know how challenging it can be to manage the various symptoms, especially tremors. These involuntary movements can make everyday tasks feel impossible and really take a toll on your quality of life. But what if we told you there's a gentle, non-invasive way to find relief? Enter Cranial Facial Release (CFR), a groundbreaking technique that's offering hope to Parkinson's patients everywhere.

Understanding Parkinson's Tremors

Before we dive into how CFR can help, let's take a closer look at what causes Parkinson's tremors in the first place. Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to produce dopamine, a chemical that helps control movement. When dopamine levels drop, it can lead to a range of motor symptoms, including tremors.

These tremors usually start in the hands or fingers and can make simple actions like buttoning a shirt or holding a cup feel like a monumental task. And while there are medications that can help manage tremors, they don't work for everyone and can come with some pretty unpleasant side effects.

The CFR Difference

So, what sets CFR apart from other treatments? For starters, it's a holistic approach that looks at the whole body, not just the symptoms. CFR practitioners understand that everything in the body is connected, and that imbalances in one area can have a ripple effect throughout the entire system.

Targeting the Cranial System

One of the key areas CFR focuses on is the cranial system, which includes the bones of the skull and face. You might not realize it, but these bones are constantly moving and shifting, even if it's just a tiny bit. When there are restrictions or misalignments in the cranial system, it can lead to all sorts of problems, including neurological issues like tremors.

CFR practitioners use gentle, targeted techniques to release these restrictions and promote better alignment. By freeing up the cranial bones, CFR can help improve the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is essential for healthy brain function.

Balancing the Nervous System

Another way CFR can help with Parkinson's tremors is by promoting balance in the autonomic nervous system. This is the part of the nervous system that controls involuntary functions like heart rate, digestion, and, you guessed it, movement.

When the autonomic nervous system is out of whack, it can contribute to symptoms like tremors. CFR techniques aim to reduce sympathetic dominance (the "fight or flight" response) and promote parasympathetic activity (the "rest and digest" mode). By helping the body find a state of calm, CFR can reduce the severity and frequency of tremors.

Releasing Muscular Tension

If you've ever experienced a Parkinson's tremor, you know how exhausting it can be, both physically and mentally. Over time, these constant movements can lead to a build-up of muscular tension, which can actually make tremors worse.

CFR techniques include targeted massage and stretching to release tension in the face, neck, and shoulders. By promoting relaxation in these areas, CFR can help reduce the intensity of tremors and make them easier to manage.

Is CFR Right for You?

Of course, every person's experience with Parkinson's is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. That's why at Limitless Chiropractic ATX, we take a personalized approach to care. We'll work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your individual needs and goals.

If you're considering CFR for Parkinson's tremors, the first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced practitioners. We'll take the time to listen to your story, answer your questions, and help you determine if CFR is right for you.


Living with Parkinson's disease can be a challenging journey, but you don't have to go it alone. At Limitless Chiropractic ATX, we're here to support you every step of the way. If you're ready to experience the potential benefits of Cranial Facial Release for yourself, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us today. Together, we can help you find the tremor tranquility you deserve.

Dr. Scott Mitchell

About the author

Dr. Scott Mitchell, a Boston-accented chiropractor with a passion for holistic health,dedicates his life to helping people unlock their LIMITLESS potential through personalized chiropractic care.