Most people go to see a chiropractor in search of lower back pain relief. However, it is a chiropractor’s duty to use their patients’ visits as an opportunity to see if there are ways to help them live a better life. Sometimes, chiropractors discover that by treating some pains and aches they can provide relief in some other body areas as well. One of the lesser-known things our patients don’t know about is chiropractic treatment for sinuses.
Allergy Season and Chiropractic Adjustments
One of the main causes of sinus pain and pressure is allergies or a common cold, causing what we know as sinusitis. This is caused by the tissue lining in the sinus cavities get inflamed and blog the drainage of pollutants and mucus, clogging nasal passages, increasing pressure, and even swelling in the eyes and face. This fluid build-up can cause intense pressure in the face’s sinus pathways.
Many people turn to allergy or cold medication to get rid of these symptoms. However, a chiropractic adjustment of specific bones in the back, neck, and face can also provide relief to the cause instead of the symptoms. This can also work as a preventative therapy to prevent your sinuses before they get clogged up. By improving the nervous system’s communication with the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system can stimulate your immune system controlling your body’s reaction to elements like ragweed, germs, and pollen.
Chronic sinusitis is very common and consists of the cavities around the nasal passages get inflamed and swollen for around 12 weeks, even if treatment is being taken. It is also known as chronic rhinosinusitis, it interferes with mucus drainage, causing it to build up. Irrigation with salt water is often used to treat this. Sometimes, surgery has to be performed, but it’s always a good idea to take a conservative approach first.
What to Expect
Whether you’ve been to a chiropractor before or you are trying it for the first time, the chiropractic doctor will want to know specifically about your sinus issues. The doctor might ask you questions to determine the root cause of your problems, such as a deviated septum or allergies, and you can possibly get an x-ray to determine possible misalignments.
Your chiropractor will most likely perform a chiropractic manipulation in your face’s sinus area, behind your ears, or even in the neck’s vertebrae that can impact your face’s muscles to encourage pressure relief to the sinuses and start drainage.
The activator method is another method commonly used at Mauricio Chiropractic. We use a small pressurized tool to pinpoint the areas in the face that trigger your sinuses to help loosen them up and start allowing mucus drainage.
Eat wisely if you often suffer from sinus problems. Foods like sugar and dairy can worsen allergic reaction effects and increase inflammation, long-term sinus problems, and sinus infection. If you can’t resist these foods, do your best to balance your diet with fruits and vegetables, as well as turmeric.
Locally harvested honey can also help you build some immunity to the local pollen and will influence your allergic reactions.
Avoid Medications and Visit A Chiropractor
If you are experiencing a sinus problem or a cold that you just can’t get rid of, put down the medications and start thinking outside the box. Chiropractic treatment for sinuses can be your best option. Let Mauricio Chiropractic show you how chiropractic care can benefit you. If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, it’s time to start. Schedule an appointment today and our team will help you understand what your body needs to start healing.