Sinus Headache Treatment

Sinus Headache Treatment

Woman blowing noseIt’s that time of year again–you’re popping decongestants and Tylenol in hopes of finding relief from your sinus headache.

But instead of reaching for more pills, have you ever considered an all-natural sinus headache treatment to address the cause of your sinus headaches? Consider relief with chiropractic care.

And while chiropractic care isn’t a treatment for sinus headaches, many who suffer have found relief at the hands of a chiropractor.

What Causes Spinal Misalignments?

Spinal misalignments can occur due to falls, accidents and injuries that may have occurred several years ago or even when you were a child. You may not be aware that a bone is out of place, or even remember when it might have happened, but the result is there – compromised immune system function that takes a real toll on your health.

Health-related conditions and the general state of your health may continue to decline until the spinal misalignment is corrected.

Chiropractors know how to locate and correct spinal misalignments that may be causing you to get sick in the first place. They help you take a detailed look at your health history to help you remember when you first started having sinus difficulties or other health challenges.

They will also examine you thoroughly to determine whether you are a good candidate for chiropractic care – care that can put you on the road to health and relieve the cause of your sinus headaches.

Sinus Headaches: A Natural, Alternative Approach

In terms of sinus headaches, doctors agree that the cause is sinusitis or a sinus infection. No sinus infection, no sinus headache, right?

What if you could get to the cause of the sinus infection? Then what? What if we told you that chiropractic care has shown positive results in reducing sinus inflammation and infection?

Surprised?

Chiropractors help to relieve interference in the central nervous system. When interference is present, your body cannot function efficiently. When the interference is removed, your body works properly, your sinuses drain effectively and there’s no buildup of mucous to cause a blockage in the first place!

The best part? Chiropractic is safe and all-natural. Chiropractors are highly educated and licensed, but they don’t prescribe drugs and they can’t perform surgery.

Instead, they’re trained to locate where a spinal bone is slightly out of place (spinal misalignment), causing it to pinch or press on a nerve, which causes nerve interference. Nerve interference prohibits your body from working correctly, making you more susceptible to all types of health-related conditions, such as sinusitis.

What Are Sinus Headaches?

Sinus headaches are called secondary type headaches because they are caused by some other condition, usually sinus congestion or a sinus infection (sinusitis).

Your sinuses are located in your forehead, across your nose and in your face around the area of your cheeks. Sinuses are air-filled passageways that drain mucous and circulate air throughout your nasal passages. But when they get blocked, mucus is trapped and it becomes a breeding ground for all types of bacteria, viruses and fungi that can cause infection.

And it’s this infection that causes sinusitis – inflammation and congestion in your sinuses.

Sinus Headache Symptoms

Sinus headache symptoms may include or be accompanied by any of the following:

  • Pain and pressure in your forehead, the area around your eyes and your cheeks
  • Pressure that feels worse when you bend forward
  • Yellow-green nasal discharge
  • Cold symptoms, “stuffy” nose, fever, sore throat or a cough; allergy symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of fullness in the ears
  • Lethargy

Sinus headaches are usually worse upon waking up in the morning because mucus has been collecting and draining while you were lying down. They tend to get better as the day wears on because you’re standing or sitting. They also may worsen when you go from a warm house out into the cold (temperature change) or when you bend over or lie down.

Sometimes the symptoms of sinus headaches are confused with the symptoms of migraines. Migraine symptoms, however, also include nausea, vomiting and sound/light sensitivity – symptoms that are not present in sinus headaches.

Treating Sinus Headaches

When it comes to sinus headache treatment, the pain and pressure you feel is not the primary problem. The primary problem is the infection that is causing the sinusitis that, in turn, is causing your sinus headache!

In order to get headache relief, you have to treat the underlying infection. Medical doctors generally prescribe antibiotics and/or nasal sprays to reduce inflammation. They may also suggest that you use decongestants, over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers and saline nasal rinses to provide sinus headache pain relief.

The thought is this – get rid of the infection and the headache will go away. However, for many, sinusitis is a chronic condition.

If your sinuses are clogged because of a structural defect or polyps (small growths that can block airways), surgery may be recommended.

What Are Sinus Headaches?

Sinus headaches are called secondary type headaches because they are caused by some other condition, usually sinus congestion or a sinus infection (sinusitis).

Your sinuses are located in your forehead, across your nose and in your face around the area of your cheeks. Sinuses are air-filled passageways that drain mucous and circulate air throughout your nasal passages. But when they get blocked, mucus is trapped and it becomes a breeding ground for all types of bacteria, viruses and fungi that can cause infection.

And it’s this infection that causes sinusitis – inflammation and congestion in your sinuses.

Sinus Headache Symptoms

Sinus headache symptoms may include or be accompanied by any of the following:

  • Pain and pressure in your forehead, the area around your eyes and your cheeks
  • Pressure that feels worse when you bend forward
  • Yellow-green nasal discharge
  • Cold symptoms, “stuffy” nose, fever, sore throat or a cough; allergy symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of fullness in the ears
  • Lethargy

Sinus headaches are usually worse upon waking up in the morning because mucus has been collecting and draining while you were lying down. They tend to get better as the day wears on because you’re standing or sitting. They also may worsen when you go from a warm house out into the cold (temperature change) or when you bend over or lie down.

Sometimes the symptoms of sinus headaches are confused with the symptoms of migraines. Migraine symptoms, however, also include nausea, vomiting and sound/light sensitivity – symptoms that are not present in sinus headaches.

Treating Sinus Headaches

When it comes to sinus headache treatment, the pain and pressure you feel is not the primary problem. The primary problem is the infection that is causing the sinusitis that, in turn, is causing your sinus headache!

In order to get headache relief, you have to treat the underlying infection. Medical doctors generally prescribe antibiotics and/or nasal sprays to reduce inflammation. They may also suggest that you use decongestants, over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers and saline nasal rinses to provide sinus headache pain relief.

The thought is this – get rid of the infection and the headache will go away. However, for many, sinusitis is a chronic condition.

If your sinuses are clogged because of a structural defect or polyps (small growths that can block airways), surgery may be recommended.

Put Sinus Headaches to Bed with Chiropractic Care

Sinus headache treatment is a common reasons why patients seek the help of a chiropractor. Why? Because chiropractic care is an effective means to identify the real cause of headaches and it provides a proven method to relieve headache pain.

Discover how a chiropractor near you can help develop a custom care plan that addresses the root cause of your sinus headaches using our helpful directory.

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