Chiropractors have found that in the course of treatment of the neck and upper spine, recurrent nosebleeds often cease. In many cases when they recur the spine is again found to be in need of correction and the epistaxis will stop when the spinal problem is treated. The mechanism for this clinical observation is not completely understood. It may involve the circulation to the mucus membranes of the nasal passages, through the autonomic nervous system which dilates or constricts blood vessels.

If you or your children are subject to frequent nosebleeds, consult your family physician first to make sure there is no underlying cause which should be immediately addressed. Then see your a  chiropractor, who can tell you whether there are any spinal problems which could be contributing to the problem.

Nose Bleeds

Epistaxis is the clinical name for nosebleeds. Often they arise from a blow to the nose or weakening of the nasal membranes due to a cold. However, many children and adults suffer from recurrent bleeding from the nasal passages for no apparent reason. It may occur with some regularity for a while and then ease off only to return again. The most common treatment in severe cases is to cauterize the nasal membranes, and this is often successful in stopping them for a while, but the problem may resurface and require repeated cauterization.

Dr. Karin Mattern

6543 Portsmouth Rd.

Nanaimo, BC

V9T 1C4

250-933-3443

drkarin@shaw.ca

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