Do you wake up with a stuffy head and mucus in your nose or throat? 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 then 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 when they get inflamed they fill with mucus.

Symptoms

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, swelling around your eyes and ears, a dull ache in the cheekbones, pain jaw, increased nasal secretions, fever, dizziness, sensitivity to light, bad breath, and just a general “yucky” feeling.

Treatment

At Natural Balance Wellness Center we believe in treating conditions such as sinusitis with more natural and overall healthier approaches compared to chronic over the counter drug use. Chiropractic has helped many sufferers often find relief from their sinusitis after a chiropractic adjustment. By relieving stress on the nervous system through adjustments of the upper cervical (neck) vertebra, the immune system is allowed to work more efficiently. This allows proper sinus and nasal drainage to occur and increase an immune response in the body helping clear symptoms. Our Acupuncture treatments also have given people amazing results suffering from chronic sinus and allergy issues. Many times people find the combined approach to help the most. Others find simply making dietary changes or utilizing natural whole foods supplementation has helped drastically decrease or eliminate sinus and allergy complaints all together.

The doctors of Natural Balance Wellness Center can help guide you to the path that may be most beneficial for you.