Sinusitis is another word for a classic sinus infection. Fever, chills, headache, all the classic cold symptoms that can accompany it can make you feel miserable.
You probably know it’s due to a bacteria, virus, or other irritants that get through your nasal passages.
Your nose is stuffy due to inflamed tissues inside your sinus cavities.
These are the 8 hollow areas in your nose, face, and forehead. It’s the job of the sinuses to act as filters to keep dirt, dust, and pollen out of your body.
Yet, sometimes bacteria, viruses, and other irritants DO get through and when they do, you may find yourself with a stuffy nose or cold systems.
A 2012 study discussed in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found participants who received chiropractic care felt better, the adjustment helped open up their nasal passages so they could find relief.
Why Chiropractic Care is Good for Sinusitis
A chiropractic adjustment can remove obstructions from long periods of sitting and realign your neck and sinus cavities which can help you breathe easier.
When your chiropractor adjusts your neck, you may feel immediate relief since neck tension is released right away. This can also release any tension on your lymph nodes and cause them to start draining right away if you’re feeling stuffed up.
Chiropractic care works whether you’re suffering from seasonal allergies or chronic sinusitis. The re-alignment benefits are the same because in both cases you’re experiencing aggravated sinuses.
The other thing you may find interesting is that chiropractic care boosts your immune system because it regulates your nervous system (spine, nerves, brain) which takes care of your whole body. It reduces inflammation throughout because it re-aligns you from the crown of your head to your feet.
In my Doylestown practice, I’ve seen everyone from children to grandparent’s experience sinus relief from chiropractic care. Sometimes, it only takes one visit to open those sinus passages.
Other Ways You Can Treat Sinus Troubles Naturally
Acupuncture can help clear your sinuses too. Your acupuncturist will determine the proper placement of needles and pop them in, then you’ll sit quietly for anywhere from 15-45 minutes depending on the severity of your symptoms.
Steam helps too.
You’re probably familiar with a steamy shower opening your nasal passages. But you may not have thought about adding a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your shower to help open and soothe your sinuses. Boiling water on the stove works too, just hover your face in the steam to find sinus relief.
What’s your experience with chiropractic care for your sinusitis?