Chronic Sinus Trouble
Do you wake up with a stuffy head and mucus in your throat or nose? Do you feel as
if you always have a cold or that your last cold never left you? Do you have a chronic
“postnasal drip”? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you may be
suffering from sinusitis – an inflammation of the sinuses. Your sinuses (Latin for
“hollow”) can refer to any cavity or sac in your body. Here we are referring to eight
spaces in the cranial bones of your forehead and around your nose. Sinuses help you
to breathe, yet when they get inflamed and fill up with mucus it seems that healthy
breathing is the one thing they prevent.
What is Mucus?
It’s the butt of jokes and may be considered one of our less pleasant secretions and
yet mucus, that sticky, elastic, unappealing gel is nothing less than one of the
greatest protections that we have against infection and poisoning. Your nose, throat
and sinuses are line with mucus to help ensure that your air is moist, warm and free
from dust, dirt and pollutants; without this filtering gel your lungs and kidneys, and
even your blood, could fill with toxins.
There can be too much of a good thing. When too much mucus fills the sinus linings
the condition is called sinusitis. When too much mucus only involves the nose or
throat it’s called rhinitis and may mimic a cold.
Causes of Sinusitis & Rhinitis
Anything that irritates the sensitive mucus membranes can be a contributing factor
to sinusitis (or rhinitis): dust, mold or pollen, fumes, viri or bacteria, and hot or dry
air in buildings. Allergy sufferers often have sinus symptoms because of many
allergens first irritate the nasal passages. Less common causes of sinusitis are bony
growths, nasal polyps, deviated septum, facial injuries, tumors or diseases of the
Treatment for Chronic Sinus Troubles
Drugstores are filled with all kinds of sinus remedies. The standard medical
treatment for sinusitis and rhinitis are the promotion of drainage and treatment
with decongestants, antibiotics and antihistamines. There are also other
complimentary therapies that can help alleviate sinus troubles. Many of them
include the use of a netti pot, breathing in moist air with essential oils, acupuncture,
massage and chiropractic. Although some of the complimentary therapies like
massage, nutritional counseling (removal of mucus producing foods), acupuncture
and chiropractic don’t treat the sinus trouble directly; they do bring relief for many
people who suffer from chronic sinus problems! How do those therapies work?
They work by relieving stress on the nervous and structural systems, helping your
body work more efficiently. Further, chiropractic care specifically ensures that the
bones in the neck and upper cervical region move freely and ‘breathe’ permitting
body fluids to drain without interference. Additionally much research has been done
on the benefits of chiropractic adjustments for children suffering from chronic ear
infections and sinus troubles, many times saving them from going through rounds of
antibiotics and having ear tubes placed in their head.
Anyone suffering from sinusitis, rhinitis, chronic ear infections, or other respiratory
problems should see a chiropractor for a check up where alternative therapy can be
prescribed and combined with traditional therapy to get the best results possible!