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  • Writer's pictureDr. Bonnie Verhunce

How Chiropractic Care Benefits Those that Suffer from Sinus Headaches - 1/16/2024

Do you suffer from sinus headaches? If so, you understand just how frustrating it can be. You may feel like the mucus in your nasal passageways is not draining properly, and it can have a significant impact on your overall quality of life. You may have tried a lot of home remedies without success, and you might be wondering if a chiropractor can help you. A chiropractor can help you address the issues related to sinus headaches, and it is important to get to the root cause of why you are suffering these symptoms.


Why Do You Have Sinus Headaches?


So, why do you experience sinus headaches? You experience sinus headaches when there is mucus that clogs the sinuses in your facial structure. You have a series of air pockets in your facial bones, and they are designed to filter the air before it reaches your internal organs, such as your lungs. The filtration system is the mucus you see draining from your nose when you get sick.


If your sinuses are not draining properly, you can develop sinus headaches because clogged sinuses can increase the pressure behind your face, behind your eyes, and around your ears. Sometimes, they get clogged because of an anatomical issue like a deviated septum or possibly a cyst. In other cases, your sinuses simply get overloaded because you have developed a cold or experienced a flare of your seasonal allergies.


How Can a Chiropractor Help You?


If you develop sinus headaches, it is important for you to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and eat a healthy diet with foods that will reduce the inflammatory response. Reaching out to a chiropractor who can evaluate your sinus headaches and help diagnosis where the sinus headaces are coming from.


For example, there might be an issue with the structure of your facial bones, and Dr. Bonnie may be able to fix the issue using a light cranial adjustment. Keep in mind that your spinal vertebrae are connected to your neck and face, so she will be able to evaluate and adjust the vertebrae in your spine to help you improve your sinus drainage, too.


Your sinuses are controlled by your central nervous system and the central nervous system controls your respiratory system, which in turn controls your sinuses. Dr. Bonnie will be able to use adjustments that can help you improve the flow of neurological signals between your central nervous system and your sinuses.


How Do You Prevent Sinus Headaches from Coming Back?


Finally, you should also work with a chiropractor because she can take steps to help you prevent sinus headaches from coming back. For example, she may recommend a humidifier that can alleviate inflammation in your nasal passageways. She may also recommend that you stay away from nasal sprays, as you might develop a condition known as rhinitis medicamentosa. The long-term use of certain nasal sprays and oral medications may result in constricting the blood vessels in the lining of the nose.


These types of headaches can have a negative impact on your overall quality of life, but this is not something that you need to handle on your own. A chiropractor can help you get to the root cause of your sinus headaches before fashioning a treatment plan that can help you not only treat the symptoms but also prevent them from coming back. Consider reaching out to a chiropractor who can conduct a full evaluation and recommend certain treatment steps.


Our Doctor of Chiropractic is more than happy to perform a consultation with a full spinal examination and then follow up with a review of those findings to determine what we can or cannot do for you. You don't need to continue to suffer from sinus headaches. Give us a call or click here for more information about our office. We're here to help!

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