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How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Sinus Headaches

Published Date: 
March 20, 2023
A man is holding his nose because his sinuses are inflamed.

Sinus headaches can be a real nuisance. If you’re looking for natural relief from sinus headaches, chiropractic care may be a good option.

Seeing a chiropractor for chronic sinus problems can be beneficial in some cases. When the cause of your chronic sinus problems is related to structural misalignment of your neck or upper back, chiropractic treatment may help reduce symptoms.

Structural misalignments can create pressure on the nerves that travel to the head and face, resulting in chronic sinus problems. A chiropractor can realign these areas through spinal manipulation and massage, releasing the pressure on the nerves and allowing your body to heal naturally.

Sinus Pain and Pressure

Sinus pain and pressure often result from inflammation in the nasal passages, which can be caused by allergies, colds, or other infections. Common triggers for these conditions include dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and pollen.

Other causes of sinus pain and pressure include:

  • Bacteria or a virus
  • Deviated septum
  • Shift in the nasal passage
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Tumors (rare)

Chiropractic Treatments for Sinus Headaches

There are several chiropractic treatments chiropractors can use to help with sinus problems. For example:

A woman is wincing and holding her nose because she is suffering from sinus headaches.

Sinus Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve sinus problems by restoring proper function to the spine, muscles, and other body structures. This helps improve drainage in the lymphatic system, which is a critical part of fighting off infections and reducing inflammation. In addition, it can reduce stress on sensitive nerves that may be contributing to congestion or sinus inflammation. 

Furthermore, chiropractic adjustment can promote better posture and alignment of the bones in the neck and head, which can help reduce stress on delicate areas around the sinuses. Finally, regular adjustments help maintain healthy spine mobility, which reduces nerve irritation and helps your body heal naturally from any potential illness or infection.

Sinus Massage

Sinus massage is a simple, safe, and effective way to alleviate symptoms associated with sinus problems. It can help reduce inflammation, drain mucus buildup, and improve circulation in the area. It's also believed to stimulate sinus lymphatic drainage and promote better breathing. Sinus massage involves gently pressing on different areas of your face and neck to massage the sinus cavities. 

A man is getting a sinus adjustment and sinus massage from a chiropractor.

Neck Adjustments

Chiropractic neck adjustments can help with sinus problems by improving the function of the nerves, muscles, and other structures in the neck. The neck is a complex structure that houses several essential nerve pathways and muscle groups which play a role in relieving sinus pressure. When these nerves become irritated or obstructed due to misalignment of the vertebral bones, it can lead to a decrease in circulation and nerve function. This can ultimately result in sinus pressure or congestion. 

Using chiropractic techniques to realign the neck vertebrae, nerve pathways are restored and normal blood flow is established. This helps reduce sinus-related symptoms such as headaches, facial pain, congestion, and pressure. 

A smiling, relaxed man receiving chiropractic adjustment to relieve sinus headaches.

Additionally, chiropractic adjustments improve the body’s immune system, allowing it to fight infection better. This helps reduce the frequency and severity of sinus infections which can lead to further discomfort.

Get Natural Relief from Sinus Headaches with Chiropractic Care

If chiropractic treatment may benefit your chronic sinus problems, consult a qualified health professional for proper diagnosis and treatment options. 

Overall, chiropractic care can relieve chronic sinus issues caused by structural issues in the spine and neck. However, it is essential to consult a qualified practitioner before beginning any treatment plan. 

Additionally, lifestyle changes such as avoiding allergens, maintaining proper hydration and exercise, and practicing good posture may help reduce symptoms.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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