Sinusitis and Sinus Pain

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucus membranes that line the paranasal sinuses. These sinuses are hollow spaces in the frontal bone above the nose, the ethmoid bone inside the nose, the sphenoid bone in the center of the skull, and the maxillary bone below the cheek bones.

There are small openings (meatuses) in these bones to allow the sinuses to continuously drain the mucus produced when small airborne particles or pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi) irritate the mucus membranes.

Blocked sinus openings cause pressure and pain in our sinuses.

The mucus helps to flush out these particles.  However, if the swelling of the membranes or an excess amount of mucus production obstructs these openings, the pathogens and other particles accumulate, resulting in a full blown sinus infection or inflammation causing numerous symptoms such as headache, sinus pain, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness with movement, clouded thinking, and so forth.

The main cause of acute sinusitis is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract.  Much less often, the infection may be of a bacterial or fungal origin.  Allergies may cause acute as well as chronic sinusitis.

There are numerous causes for chronic sinusitis.

Chronic sinusitis is more likely due to an obstruction inside the nose, such as polyps or a deviated nasal septum, as well as other structural abnormalities due to recent or old trauma to the nose, face, or head.

Other causes are tooth infections that migrate through the upper gum into the maxillary sinuses, a root canal of the upper teeth gone wrong (penetration of the upper gum during the procedure), other dental procedures of the upper gum, and low grade upper respiratory infections that have never truly healed.

In children, especially small children, consider small foreign objects that they may have inserted into the nasal passages.  Even food particles may become stuck in the nasal passages after a sneezing/coughing incident during feeding or eating.

A difficult birth may cause cranial and facial bones to lock up in the newborn.  While the bones often glide back into place over time, they may become stuck and need some help to realign properly.  Otherwise, the misalignment of any of the head or facial bones may cause obstruction of the sinus openings mentioned above, making the child more vulnerable to sinus infections in the long run.  Craniosacral therapy is particularly gentle and effective in supporting this realignment process.

Standard treatments for sinusitis.

Sinusitis and sinus pain is usually treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications, antibiotics, and in some cases with surgery, such as the removal of polyps or the correction of a deviated nasal septum.  However, these methods rarely, if ever, cure sinusitis or sinus pain.  Moreover, they may cause numerous, and in some cases very serious, side effects.

Natural treatment options for sinusitis.

Natural (alternative) medicine has much to offer to help reduce the severity and frequency of this condition.  Consider the use of herbs, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy, acupressure, and acupuncture as very gentle, non-invasive yet effective alternative ways to deal with sinusitis or sinus pain.

Craniosacral therapy is particularly effective in helping the body to heal from a sinus infection.  Moreover, it can assist the body to realign the head and facial bones so that the sinus openings become and remain unobstructed.

Until the next natural healing perspective blog…

To Your Health