The Benefits of Chiropractic for Sinusitis
By Debra Rodzinak
Each year, more than 37 million Americans suffer from some form of sinusitis. Acute sinusitis can cause pain and pressure in the head. Children to the elderly can develop sinusitis, but the most common occurrences of sinusitis occur in adults 18 to 45 years old. Many people who are looking to treat their sinusitis without drugs or surgery are turning to chiropractic for help.
Targeting the mucous membranes and bones of the sinus cavities, chiropractors use manipulation of the upper spine with gentle pressure to stimulate the nerves leading to the sinus cavities to promote healing. Bones in the facial region may also be targeted depending on the level of care needed.
Nasal-specific techniques can also be highly effective in treating sinusitis. By using a combination of these techniques, along with chiropractic manipulation of the spine, chiropractors can successfully treat sinusitis without the use of drugs. Many spinal manipulations of the neck can promote sinus drainage, which is the leading cause of pain and discomfort. Often, once the sinus cavity is relieved of pressure, patients report pain relief.
By targeting areas around the neck and brain stem, chiropractors are able to encourage the body to relax and drain the sinus passages. Once this excess fluid drains from the sinus cavity, pressure is released and pain relief is felt. Also, excess fluid in the sinus cavity can allow bacteria to develop. Removing this fluid promotes better sinus health overall.
Light-Force Cranial Manipulation
Chiropractors use this method to relieve pressure in the sinus cavity. By adjusting the skull bones around the nasal passage, any cranial misalignments can be corrected allowing the body to begin healing. Chiropractors have found that manipulating the bones that directly touch the sinus cavity can bring a patient relief.
In addition to a chiropractic adjustment for sinusitis, a chiropractor may also recommend additional therapies that patients can continue at home such as warm compresses, self massage, or stretching. Limiting exposure to unhealthy conditions, such as smoking, can also help with sinus pain.
If you are suffering with chronic sinusitis, come by The Joint Chiropractic to discuss your treatment options with one of our highly qualified chiropractors. With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, finding a natural path to the relief of sinus pressure and pain is just a walk-in away.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.