Chiropractic Adjustment and Sinusitis

August 3, 2017

Your sinuses consist of eight hollow spaces in the bones of the forehead, cheeks and temples. Healthy, open sinuses are lined with sticky mucus to ensure that air going into the lungs is moist, warm and free from dust, dirt, and pollutants. Without these filters, lungs, kidneys and blood can become permeated with toxins.

In sinusitis or sinus infection, the linings are inflamed. The tissues become full of mucus and drainage is blocked. Increased pressure causes pain, swelling around the eyes, clogged nasal passages, chills, fever, dizziness and loss of appetite. Some people are more prone to this condition in the fall, especially with pollen, mildew, and mold allergies.

How does Chiropractic Care help?

The Doctor of Chiropractic knows that sinus sufferers receive excellent relief through removal of obstructions to the proper drainage of the sinuses, specifically in the neck and back. When vertebra alignment is off the muscles that attach to them can become swollen or spastic and close off the lymphatic drainage of the head and neck. Manual or massage therapies can be of great benefit, too. I like to use colloidal silver to help drainage and prevent or fight infection.

In combination with Chiropractic Care Consider this:

  1. Oil of Oregano

Oregano oil contains two powerful compounds of carvacrol and thymol that have powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. I recommend 500 milligrams of oregano oil four times per day.

  1. Grapefruit seed extract

Grapefruit seed extract has potent antiviral properties. This is why it is included in many nasal and throat sprays.  I recommend using a grapefruit seed extract nasal spray four times per day.

  1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential to proper function of the immune system, which is the system that protects your body from getting infections and also helps your body to fight infections once it has one. As an antioxidant, vitamin C also helps guard our cells from free radical damage.  Free radicals are found in things that can commonly contribute to the development of sinus infections like air pollution and cigarette smoke.  I recommend 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C three times per day.

  1. Garlic

Garlic is one of nature’s best antibiotics. Since colds often lead to a sinus infection, garlic is an awesome way not only to naturally treat a sinus infection, but to prevent it in the first place. For general health promotion for adults, the World Health Organization recommends a daily dose of two to five grams (about one clove) of fresh garlic, 0.4 to 1.2 grams of dried garlic powder, two to five milligrams of garlic oil, 300 to 1,000 milligrams of garlic extract, or other formulations that are equal to two to five milligrams of allicin.

  1. Neti Pot

Using a neti pot with a saline solution can also greatly improve sinus issues and clear the nasal passage ways. Research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has even shown that neti pot usage can eliminate some symptoms of chronic sinusitis and maintain positive outcomes over a six month time span. According to Dr. Paul Little, lead author and a professor of medicine at the University of Southampton, “In addition to improving sinus symptoms, headaches were reduced, there was less use of over-the-counter remedies, and people also said they were less likely to contact the doctor again for a future attack of sinusitis.”

  1. Add Moisture

Whether it’s a humidifier, saline nasal spray, or sitting in a steam-filled bathroom, adding more moisture to the air and your nasal passages can really help to reduce congestion.  I highly recommend sleeping with a humidifier while you have a sinus infection. You can also purchase a natural saline nasal spray that you can use several times a day (following package instructions). Steam inhalation is especially good at reducing sinus headaches.

  1. Essential Oils (Contact Dr. Rae with moe information about Essential Oils)

To naturally clear the sinuses, using eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil can be highly effective. These essential oils can naturally open up the sinuses, clear mucus and eliminate infections. Rub one drop of each on the roof of the mouth (only do this with food grade essential oils). Then drink water. Another great idea is to diffuse essential oils into the air so you can breathe them in.

Avoid This:

Avoid nasal sprays that dry out your sinuses as they will prompt the mucosal membrane to just make more mucus. (ever notice that you just keep using it and the sinus never really stays cleared up?)

And consider staying away from cigarette smoke altogether. Your diet can keep you inflamed and sugars, flour, fried food, and salts will be the most likely to make sinuses worse.

If you regularly suffer from sinusitis, have a chiropractic checkup. We can determine the source of your illness and help you towards good health.

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