Sinuses play a larger role in our lives than they are often given credit for. Like many functioning parts of the body, we don't pay them attention until they give us grief. Sinuses are located throughout the head: in the cheeks, the nose and the forehead. They are air-filled sacs or cavities that drain mucous from the nasal passageways: so, when they get blocked up, mucous builds creating a veritable breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to infection.
The kind of congestion associated with sinus problems often leads to headaches, with presenting symptoms of pressure in the sinus regions, feelings of stuffiness and full ears that feel likely to pop. They are usually worse in the morning, after you have spent the night lying down, giving them even less chance to drain.
So, how does this relate to chiropractic? Often, misalignment of the cervical vertebrae can interfere with the nerve communication to the sinuses. We correct any presenting subluxation and employ other methods like localized tapping to encourage the sinuses to drain.
Anyone who has lived with chronic sinusitis knows how much of thorn it can put in their side. Along with chiropractic treatment, we encourage people to get moving, as exercise helps to improve circulation and clear out the sinuses further. Dietary considerations include consuming ingredients that contain anti-inflammatory properties and staying fully hydrated.
Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.