When asked if they suffer from headaches, patients will often answer, "Yes, but they’re just sinus headaches." These headaches may be accompanied by pain over the sinuses, occasionally spreading to the eyes, jaws and teeth. They may be characterized by a feeling of pressure or congestion. In severe cases, bending forward will cause throbbing pain.

Such headaches may be relieved by medication to decrease sinus congestion. They may also be relieved by pressure applied over the sinuses or at certain pressure points around the eyes and jaws. Frequently, following such treatments, the sinuses will drain.

Chiropractic treatment to normalize movement of the joints of the neck and upper back is often very successful in relieving sinus congestion and headaches. The autonomic nerves can be affected by spinal imbalances and these nerves govern the dilation and contraction of blood vessels to the head and in particular to the mucous membranes of the sinuses and nasal passages. Correction of spinal problems often brings long-lasting relief from sinus headaches by correcting the underlying cause of the problem.

If you are troubled with sinus pain and congestion, and your family physician has ruled out infection, check with this office. There may be a structural cause for chronic sinus problems, and acute episodes may be quickly relieved by spinal correction combined with soft tissue therapy to the related pressure points.

Sinus Headaches

Sinus congestion is a frequent cause of headache and facial pain and the reason for many visits to the doctor and habitual use of over-the-counter medications. Especially in our Pacific coast climate, it seems that sinus problems are common, and they seem to be precipitated or aggravated by changes in the weather.

Dr. Karin Mattern

6543 Portsmouth Rd.

Nanaimo, BC

V9T 1C4

250-933-3443

drkarin@shaw.ca

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