Sinus = An air type of cavity within a bone or other tissue, esp. one in the bones of the face or skull connecting with the nasal cavities. An irregular venous or lymphatic cavity, reservoir, or dilated vessel or an infected tract leading from a deep-seated infection and discharging pus to the surface.
How can Chiropractic Help with Sinus?
How often do you get a stuffy head and mucus in your throat? Do you feel like you “always” have a cold or flu? You may be suffering from sinusitis, the most common condition of this is found in the 18 to 45 years age group. Your sinuses have eight spaces in the bones of the forehead, cheeks and temples. Although they help you to breathe, they also can prevent breathing on occasion, when they get inflamed and fill with mucus.
A healthy, open sinus is lined with mucus to help make sure that the air you take into your lungs is moist, warm and free from dust, dirt and foreign matter. When the sinus lining becomes inflamed, swollen and full of mucus, the condition is called sinusitis. Sinusitis often occurs when you have a cold and clears up when the cold ends. But if the drainage is blocked, pressure increases and can cause pain, discomfort, sinus headaches and swelling around your eyes and ears.
Based on studies, around one third of sinus infections start from colds. Symptoms like blocked sinuses, congestion and headaches usually originate from the cold, so when these symptoms keep reappearing, people tend to assume it's just a persistent cold. Another third of sinusitis cases have origins in allergy attacks, while other cases may be linked to asthma. Bacteria, viruses, and environmental allergens (such as cigarette smoke, work environments and pollution) have all been identified as causes of sinusitis.
Sinusitis can vary in its severity and length. Acute sinusitis tends to resolve after a few weeks, while chronic sinus problems can appear more frequently, and for longer periods of time.
How does Chiropractic help with Sinus Issues? If your body is working properly, your resistance to germs, pollution, dust, drastic temperature changes and other stresses is high. A healthy body has properly draining sinuses. Relieving stress on the nervous system and body structure will help your body work more efficiently and help ensure that the skull bones move freely and "breathe", permitting body fluids to drain without interference.
Some precautionary measures to help reduce your chance of developing chronic sinusitis are: Washing your hands, maintaining a balanced diet, avoiding alcohol, decreasing sugar intake in your diet and stop smoking cigarettes, all of which can stimulate sinus inflammation. You should get regular chiropractic adjustments to keep the immune system healthy.