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Can a Chiropractor Help with Sinus Problems?

Oct 25, 2021

Everyone knows that it isn’t fun to have a stuffy nose, whether you are suffering from a cold, allergies, or chronic sinus problems. When this is more than a short-lived problem, sinus issues can impact your daily life negatively, and many people have exhausted many treatment options to try and find relief. While you may not think to see a chiropractor for sinus issues, visiting Atlanta’s best chiropractor is actually likely to be helpful for a range of sinus problems or even just to clear out short-term stuffiness.

What Is Sinusitis?

Our skull and fiscal bones’ air-filled cavity is known as the sinuses. We have multiple sinuses, such as the frontal sinuses behind the forehead and the maxillary sinuses behind the cheeks. Each sinus plays a role in helping make sure the air we breathe is properly humidified and doesn’t contain pollutants. The thick mucus that lines the sinuses acts as this filter.

Sinusitis is the condition when the tissue lining of your sinus cavities becomes inflamed, which then blocks mucus and pollutants from draining properly and causes increased pressure, clogged nasal passages, and potentially even swelling in the face or eyes. This build-up of fluid can also cause intense pressure along the face’s sinus pathways.

Because sinusitis is most often caused by allergies and the common cold, most people rely on over-the-counter medications to relieve these symptoms. This can help with temporary inflammation, but when people suffer from chronic sinus problems, these medications do not address the root cause of the issue.

Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is defined as swelling of the sinuses that lasts for three months or more despite treatment. This is often brought on by an infection, nasal polyps that grow in the sinuses, or by simple swelling. In addition to the normal signs of sinusitis like pain and a runny or stuffy nose, people with chronic sinusitis may notice ear pain, headaches, coughing, sore throat, or fatigue as a part of their condition.

Left untreated, chronic sinusitis is more than just an annoyance. If the membranes and fluids surrounding your brain or spinal cord become inflamed and infected, it can cause meningitis, an infection in the bones, or a skin infection. The infection can spread to your eye socket, leading to reduced vision or even blindness.

Sinus Adjustments

Chiropractors can actually perform adjustments designed specifically for your sinuses. Because they are part of a bone structure, a chiropractor can adjust your facial bones to improve the drainage in your sinuses. Vertebrae in your neck may also be out of alignment, causing sinus issues, which a chiropractor can address. By adjusting the proper bones, your sinus can return to effective draining, relieving any painful symptoms you have.

In addition to fixing sinus problems, chiropractic adjustments can act as preventative care for those with chronic issues or prone to allergies. Like the rest of your body, the sinuses are controlled by your nervous system. When an adjustment clears blockages between your nervous system and your respiratory system, it can stimulate drainage and stop mucus from building up.

These treatments address the root cause of your sinus issues, rather than just the symptoms, hopefully ending your sinus problems for good.

Preventing Sinusitis

While everyone will have a cold at some point, there are things you can do to prevent sinusitis in other cases.

Avoiding upper respiratory infections is always advised when possible. Wash hands frequently and avoid contact with sick individuals as much as possible. You can also manage your allergies and avoid exposure to triggers whenever possible. While many people rely on nasal sprays, these can actually cause your sinuses to dry out, leading to the production of more mucus and worsening the problem over time.

Some foods can even impact your sinuses, including flour, sugars, salt, and fried food. It is also important to surround yourself with clean air. Avoiding cigarette smoke or poor air quality can help prevent additional irritation that inflames your lungs or nasal passages. You can also use a humidifier if your home has dry air, like a forced-air heater, to add back moisture and prevent sinusitis. It is important to keep a humidifier clean and free of potential mold.

These practices are all natural and can be paired with regular chiropractic adjustments to avoid serious sinus problems. At AICA Atlanta, we have the best chiropractors to help manage your sinus concerns and walk you through the process of these unique adjustments. Call us today to get started!