Chronic Sinusitis: Can Chiropractic Help?
By Dr. Molly Casey
Spring has nearly sprung. For many it’s the time of year to be rejoiced as sunshine and warmth are either here or around the corner. For others, it’s a time to dread with the wind spreading pollen throughout the air and allergies that get lit up as a result. Chronic sinusitis is a condition not limited to the spring or allergies; it is, however, often made much worse with the increased activity of nature. Are those who suffer from chronic sinusitis out of luck this time of year or can chiropractic help?
Sinus Cavities and Problems
There are eight hollow cavities inside the skull and these are known as the sinuses. They are lined with tissue and fluid flows through them. The sinuses are in the cheekbones, forehead, between the eyes and behind the nose. When the tissues get irritated or inflamed, and/or the fluids back up into these cavities, infections occur. Some folks suffer with repeated or sustained irritation on a chronic basis; it is considered chronic if there are repeated symptoms for more than 12 weeks despite treatment. Symptoms can be anything from headaches, congestion, pus, earaches, fevers and more. And it can be pretty darn harsh. Common causes are polyps or growths within the sinuses, infections that go untreated or the body can’t get rid of on its own, or a deviated septum.
Chiropractic and Chronic Sinusitis
Can chiropractic help you if you suffer from chronic sinusitis? Some folks who experience chronic sinusitis do experience great relief when getting regular chiropractic adjustments. So how does it work? There are a number of ways chiropractic care can help.
First and foremost, regular chiropractic adjustments improve spinal motion and health. The better the spine moves, the better opportunity your nervous system has to function optimally and without interference. The nervous system is the foundation of your health. It’s the system through which the brain communicates with your body and its systems, and vice versa. The nervous system running optimally gives you the best chance of overcoming sinusitis.
Regular chiropractic adjustments help support the flow of the lymphatic system. The lymph system carries waste throughout the body and allows it to dispense the waste appropriately. When the lymph system is not flowing optimally, waste can back up; if the waste system is backed up, it is reasonable to infer that maintaining an optimal state of health will be harder. We are exposed to germs consistently in life, so it is imperative that our body can efficiently rid itself of waste.
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the immune system. The immune system is your defense line keeping sickness and health crises at bay. It’s imperative that this system be in tip-top shape in order to keep you healthy and also hold off possible irritants within cavities from being chronic issues.
There are also manual techniques over the actual sinus cavities that chiropractors can perform that patients often find helpful in loosening fluid congestion and assisting in clearer breathing or pressure release in the head. The adjustment itself tackles a variety of symptoms and may improve the body’s overall ability to ward off infections prior to occurring.
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis or know someone who does, consider seeing the doctors at The Joint Chiropractic. They may be able to help you help yourself naturally decrease some of the symptoms.
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