Midtown Manhattan Chiropractor Discusses Sinus Headaches
Sinus headaches occur when the spaces in the nasal passages become inflamed or clogged, which leads to increased pressure and pain. While completely treatable, sinus headaches can often be debilitating. Your midtown chiropractor at Rockefeller Health and Medical can provide alternative ways to deal with your sinus issues to deliver relief without medication.
Causes of Sinus Headaches
True sinus headaches are caused by an obstruction of normal sinus drainage. This can be caused by allergies, a common cold, a sinus infection, or even trauma to the surrounding tissues. A sinus headache is usually diagnosed by a simple physical examination. Blood work and X-rays are generally not needed.
Symptoms of a Sinus Headache
Sinus headaches caused by an infection often includes symptoms like thick discolored nasal drainage, decreased sense of smell, tooth pain, sinus pressure, and fever. Other symptoms of sinus pressure include:
- Pain around the eyes or behind the eyes
- Headaches that get worse when you bend over
- Pain that intensifies when exposed to damp, cold weather
- Sinus pain that is worse in the morning, but gets better throughout the day
- Pain that follows a head cold
- Stuffy or a runny nose
- A persistent cough
- Fullness in the cheeks, brow, or forehead
Treatment for Sinus Problems
The goal of treatment is to reduce swelling of the sinus passages. This allows the sinuses to drain, which eliminates the pressure. If the sinuses are infected, an antibiotic may be necessary. A typical treatment might often include at-home remedies, including drinking plenty of fluids to remain hydrated, running a humidifier to increase the moisture in the air, applying warm compresses to the face, and over-the-counter medications for pain.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sinus Headaches
Rockefeller Center chiropractic can offer a variety of treatments for sinus problems. Spinal and extremity adjustments that focus on the cranial bones may help improve drainage by realigning the bones to naturally treat the blockage. Trigger point therapy is also another effective treatment for sinus issues. Trigger point therapy is a type of massage therapy that relieves the source of pain through isolated pressure and release on specific muscles. This helps by releasing constricted areas in the muscles to reduce pain. Most pain is significantly reduced after just one treatment, but regular appointments may help you manage pain and stress from a chronic condition.
Contact Us Today to Schedule an Appointment for Your Chiropractic Needs
For more information on how to naturally treat sinus headaches without the use of medications, contact Rockefeller Health and Medical, your Midtown chiropractor, at (212)-388-5050 to schedule an initial consultation.