Recently I was contacted by a local chiropractor after I treated one of his patients for swelling in her foot. She'd had treatment from him, from a podiatrist and had been to see a foot specialist but after two sessions of Manual Lymphatic Drainage her condition had improved significantly. He wanted to know more and to see if there were ways we could refer to each other to enhance our individual treatments. We did a "body swap" - he gave me a chiropractic treatment and I have him a lymphatic treatment. And he offered to write a guest blog for me on a subject we both deal with - sinus. Here's what he has to say about using chiropractic for sinus treatment. And here's a link to a post I wrote a while back about Manual Lymphatic Drainage for sinus (among other things).
Are You Having Sinus Troubles? – Dr Andrew Ullo (Chiropractor)
Do you wake up with a stuffy head and mucus in your throat? Do you have a headache behind the eyes? Do you suffer from cold like symptoms frequently? Then you may be suffering from sinusitis.
Your sinuses are eight hollow cavities in the bones of the forehead, cheeks and temples. Although they help you to breathe, they also prevent breathing sometimes, when they get inflamed and blocked with mucus.
Healthy, open sinuses are lined with mucus to help ensure that the air you take into your lungs is moist, warm and free from dust, dirt and other pollutants. Without this filter, the lungs, kidneys and blood can become permeated with toxins.
When the sinus lining is inflamed, swollen and full of mucus, the condition is called sinusitis. Sinusitis can commonly occur when you’ve had a cold and it clears up when the cold ends. However, if the drainage is blocked, pressure increases and can cause pain, discomfort, sinus headaches and swelling around your eyes, cheeks and ears. There are also some subtle signs of sinus difficulties, such as snoring, sore throat, coughing, sleep disturbances and a running nose.
How can Chiropractic care help with sinus issues?
Chiropractors understand the importance of a properly functioning nervous system and the mechanics of the body. So, decreasing the stress on the nervous system and removal of obstructions for the proper drainage of the sinuses, specifically in the neck and back, will help your body work more efficiently and allow the bodies fluids to drain without interference.
When you have restriction in your joints in your neck or cranial bones, you will find the muscles that attach to them to become stiff and the joints also become swollen and when these areas are restored from chiropractic adjustments, you can find it will dramatically assist with the recovery from the condition.
There are also specific chiropractic techniques designed to free up the sinus area from blockage. This generally involves a gentle massage of the nose, forehead and cheeks to release the pressure on the sinus cavities and allow the area to drain properly.
The other way that chiropractic can markedly help these problems is through increasing a person’s general health, and the strength of their nervous system. Evidently, when your body is in a better condition, it will have a stronger immune system and be able to fight infections and sicknesses more easily.
Consequently, if you get issues with your sinuses, whether it be sinusitis, regular colds, congestion or stuffiness, consult your Chiropractor.