The sinuses are hollow spaces in the skull and the face bones around your nose. There are four different types of sinuses in the head:
- Maxillary sinuses – on each side of your nose, near the cheekbones
- Frontal sinuses – above the eyes, near your forehead
- Ethmoid sinuses – on each side of the bridge of your nose, near your eyes
- Sphenoid sinuses – behind the eyes, deeper into your skull
The sinuses are part of your nose and respiratory system. They connect to your nasal passages in a complex network of airflow and drainage passages. As you breathe in air through your nose and mouth, it moves through the sinus passages. The sinuses also produce mucus that coats and lubricates your nasal passages and the sinuses themselves. Both air and mucus flow through your sinuses and drain into your nose through tiny openings called ostia.
Any infection of your upper respiratory tract can quickly spread to the sinuses. The resulting inflammation and pain is called sinusitis. It’s also known as rhinosinusitis. Your sinuses can become infected by bacteria, a virus, or both, giving rise to a sinus infection. Sinus infections are common and can be a significant health problem. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), 31 million people in the United States have sinus infections at any time.
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The chiropractor will create a customized care plan to not only get you out of pain but work toward keeping you well long term.
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To determine what sinus and allergy issues you are dealing with, we need to start with a thorough history. Asking specific questions about diet and what symptoms you are experiencing is vital to determine if it’s treatable with chiropractic care. We will primarily focus on the spine and nervous system to determine the location of your subluxations and the origin of your sinus and allergy symptoms.
Chiropractic Care for Sinus and Allergy Issues in Belmar, NJ
The conventional method for treating sinusitis is over-the-counter drugs like Mucinex or Tylenol Cold and Sinus. If it becomes an infection, you may need to get a prescription for an antibiotic. Sinus rinses and steam baths are also helpful, natural ways to open and drain your sinuses.
Chiropractic is an excellent alternative for treating sinus infections. Chiropractic is based on the premise that your nervous system, the primary controlling system of your body, must work at its best to achieve optimal health. Nerves extend from every level of your spine to every part of your body – every organ, body system, and gland. The nerves that exit the upper cervical (neck) spine feed into your sinuses. Spinal misalignments in the upper neck region compromise proper nerve function, impeding sinus drainage and giving rise to congestion, pressure, and inflammation.
When patients come in with sinus problems, we address the issues with sinus massage, tapotement, and drainage techniques. We also perform specific adjustments to the upper cervical spine to establish a healthy nerve supply and allow the sinuses to function optimally. Patients usually experience an immediate runny nose, sinus drainage, ear popping, and airway opening.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can a chiropractic adjustment clear sinuses?
Yes. Chiropractic adjustments open nerve pathways to the sinuses, helping them drain better.
What are the most common symptoms of a sinus infection?
Also known as sinusitis, a sinus infection’s symptoms can include:
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain or pressure
- Nasal discharge
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell or taste
Can chiropractic care help manage and prevent allergies?
Allergies are immune system reactions to usually harmless substances, such as pollen, dust, or pet dander. Chiropractic care primarily focuses on optimizing the nervous system to improve the function of the body’s other systems, including the immune system. By correcting spinal misalignments impeding proper nerve flow, chiropractic care can restore optimal immune function, reducing allergy symptoms.
Can bad posture affect your sinuses?
Certain postures, such as slouching or forward head posture, can compromise the spine’s alignment, affecting nerve function and blood flow. Altered nerve function to the nerves that supply the sinuses and respiratory system can lead to dysfunction. Improving posture through exercises or adjustments can alleviate sinus symptoms.
Can a misaligned neck cause sinus problems?
Sinuses are controlled by the nervous system and the vast nerve network that travels from the brain throughout the body. A misalignment in the neck can interfere with proper nerve function. If the nerves that supply the sinuses and respiratory system are compressed, irritated, or inflamed, that can lead to dysfunction. A chiropractic adjustment restores proper nerve flow and can improve function throughout the body.