SINUSITIS AND CHIROPRACTIC: NOT JUST IRRITANTS
Many residents of New York City suffering from sinusitis may ignore their condition, assuming it to be the product of their environment. With a combination of dust, pollutants, airborne bacteria in our air, in addition to seasonal irritants, some clogged sinuses may indeed be affected in this way. But when expelling mucus seems to have no effect on persistent blockage, it’s possible that a deeper cause is the root of the problem. If a stuffy nose is accompanied by symptoms including headache, faltering balance, or uncomfortable air pressure buildup inside the head, a more structural issue – and solution – may be involved. New York City Chiropractor, Dr. Jeffrey Jamieson specializes in the chiropractic sinus adjustment treatment reducing the stress and pain in your nasal cavities.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH SINUS BLOCKAGE?
Blockage in the upper sinus may be caused not by mucus, but by a misalignment of cranial bones. The bones that comprise the front of the skull are not fixed in place or fused together. Instead, they are riven by suture lines, spaces between the cranial bones, including the sphenoid bone, that allow movement and a very slight flexibility during breath and other facial movement. When these bones become misaligned, which can be caused by anything from a concussion to an ordinary swelling of the nasal tissue, the nasal pathway may end up blocked.
DOES CHIROPRACTIC HELP SINUS PROBLEMS?
Sinusitis arising from cranial bone misalignment can be alleviated by a chiropractic technique known as the nasal specific technique.
CHIROPRACTIC SINUS ADJUSTMENT
WHAT IS THE NASAL SPECIFIC TECHNIQUE?
In order to create space in the upper sinus, a finger cot (a small balloon about the size of a little finger) attached to a blood pressure bulb is inserted into the nostril while deflated. Using a small depressor, the practitioner will painlessly ease the cot deep into the nose, so that when inflated it will apply the correct outward pressure against the afflicted bones. The practitioner will then quickly, gently inflate the cot using rapid, shallow compressions of the bulb. The cot’s brief expansion will clear out mucus congested in the upper sinus and apply pressure to the sphenoid bone. This will cause the facial bones to shift back into a position of alignment, creating a clear nasal pathway.
This therapy has been found to be most effective if administered 5 times per week for 2 weeks.
EFFECTS OF THE NASAL SPECIFIC TECHNIQUE
In addition to relief for a long sinus blockage, aligning the nasal passageway with the nasal specific technique carries a host of other benefits. Pressure built up inside the skull is released, cerebrospinal fluids flow through the skull with increased ease, and balance is restored. Breathing better by itself offers a wide range of positive mental and emotional side effects, such as sharper memory and heightened energy.