Waking up with a stuffy head
Do you feel as if you always have a cold or that your last cold never left you? Do you have a chronic “postnasal drip”? If you answered yes’, you may be suffering from sinusitis-the most common condition in the 18 to 45 age group. Your sinuses (Latin for “hollow”) are eight spaces in the bones of your forehead, cheeks and temples. Although they help you to breathe, many people think that’s the one thing they prevent because as they become inflamed, they fill with mucus.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. It can cause a headache or pressure in the eyes, nose, cheek area, or on one side of the head. A person with this condition may also have a cough, a fever, bad breath, and nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions. Sinusitis is categorized as acute (sudden onset) or chronic (long term, the most common type).
There can be too much of a good thing. When mucus fills the sinus linings, the condition is called sinusitis (when it only involves the nose or throat it is called rhinitis and may mimic a cold). Sinusitis is not very rare; it often occurs when you have a cold and clears up when the cold ends. If the drainage is blocked, pressure increases and can cause pain, discomfort, headache and swelling around your eyes and ears; a dull ache in the cheekbones; pain in the teeth or jaw; increased nasal secretions; chills; fever; dizziness; loss of appetite; photophobia (sensitivity to light); bad breath; a general “yucky’’ feeling; even depression.
The Chiropractic Approach
By relieving stress on the nervous system and body structure, your body works more efficiently. Chiropractic medicine holds a great deal of promise for people with sinusitis. Its treatments can target the bones and mucous membrane that surround the air-filled sinus cavities, as well as the joints and muscles of other parts of the body. Patients of chiropractic have reported improvements in their breathing, their postnasal drainage, their ability to sleep, and their sense of smell, as well as fewer headaches.
Anyone suffering from sinusitis, rhinitis or other respiratory problems should see a chiropractor for a spinal checkup. Spinal care can help your body function better, improve your resistance to disease and enhance your well-being.
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