Sinus Congestion and Pressure

Do you repeatedly suffer from sinus congestion or pressure? 

Do you find yourself being prescribed antibiotics regularly?

Did you know chiropractic can help? Make an appointment with one of our chiropractors, and we will get to the root cause of your sinus condition. When we treat it, it will not only feel better but be less likely to return. 

That is part of the Drummond Difference. 

We have effective treatments for congestion sinus pain and can teach you how to self treat at home. 

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Let's free up your sinuses, so you can get back to pain free living! 
Be able to breath easier, sleep better, live life without pain.  

You may be surprised to find out that your sinus pain is a symptom of a nerve being pinched in your neck, jaw, lymphatic back up, or maybe it is caused by something wrong with how tight the bones are in your skull. Your congestion may be due to allergies to not just pollen, but food. Regardless of the cause of your sinus pain, we will find it with a thorough history and exam, then determine the best treatment plan for it, even if it means referring you out. We are more affordable than surgeons and medical doctors, so start with us, and if able, we will get you relief as soon as possible. 

All of our chiropractors are more than a spine specialist as chiropractors, but also a sinus pain specialists. They not only will work on your sinuses (cranium), but any issue that may be contributing to your sinus condition. They can train you on how to keep your sinuses well body so that you will be less likely to the recurrences of any sinus issues. 

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To see Dr. Karin Drummonds's demonstration of self cranial work, check out:

Cranial release for sinus headaches Dr. Karin's video on self cranial release for sinus headaches.

Or Dr. Karin's self pressure point therapy.

Taking pain pills, decongestants, or anti-inflammatories for your sinus pain? 
Prescription pills and nasal sprays do not fix the problem and are harmful to your health (think of their side effects).
Instead, talk to us about alternative home remedies.

neti pot for sinus pain and congestion

The following is general advice. Before attempting, talk to us or your health care provider to confirm it is appropriate for your specific condition.

Sinus pain and general advice:
All of our chiropractors specialize in sinus pain.

Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches are often described as having pain behind the frontal bones (the bones in your forehead) or cheekbones. 

Inflammation of the sinuses can cause headaches, as in acute sinusitis. Allergies can also cause head pain. Generally, sinus pain is caused by pressure on the mucous membranes (the lining of the sinuses) because they are unable to drain well. 

Using a nasal irrigation system, like a Neti PotTM, may help as well. By cleaning out the nasal passageway, you rid the sinuses of the irritants that may be causing the swelling and remove the excess mucous that may be obstructing the drainage.

Mobilization of the skull (cranial) bones helps improve drainage of the sinuses. The skull is made of multiple flat bones that articulate with each other.  There are no muscles that move these “joints,” so they are considered “immovable.”  However, the flat bones of the skull are not fused together.  A healthy skull has the ability to expand and contract to keep the pressure off the brain during changes of barometric pressure or sinus pressure.  If the sinuses are filling up with fluid from sickness or allergies, the skull should expand with this pressure, allowing the sinuses to drain with this extra space. If restricted, the sinuses can’t drain, pressure builds, and pain results in the form of a sinus headache. 

Mobilizing the cranial bones allows for the expansion of the skull, allowing the drainage of the sinuses.  This relieves the pressure on the mucous membranes, and the headache resolves.

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Again, if your sinus pain is not responding to your treatment, or if it is worsening in any way, see your healthcare provider (hopefully that is one of us here at Drummond Chiropractic).

Allergy Advice

MANY sinus issues are triggered when you eat certain foods. In some cases, you may have a food sensitivity; in other situations, sinus congestions may be triggered by chemicals added to food (preservatives, flavorings, etc.). You may also experience sinus pain because of seasonal allergies. Here is my dietary advice.

A Teaspoon of Honey a Day Keeps the Allergies Away

 Allergies cause the sinuses to inflame, causing sinus headaches. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, try eating a teaspoon of local honey; the beehive should be within 25 miles of your home (as the crow flies). Honey from a hive close to your home is filled with the antigens of the pollen you are breathing in your area. When you eat it, the body learns that the pollen antigens are “self”—something good that you assimilate into your body for energy—and not a “not self”—a foreign thing that needs to be attacked.

Honey works even better if you get honey made in the spring for your spring allergies and honey made in the fall for your fall allergies. Farmers markets are a good place to find locally produced honey. 

Inoculation to Overcome Allergies

 Another way to overcome allergies is through inoculation. Some people get allergy shots. You can treat an allergy by being exposed to a very small amount of what you are allergic to every week (but not enough to cause a reaction). Over time, the amount to which you are exposed is increased. Eventually, you are able to handle more of the allergen without a symptomatic response. I advise this be done under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Eat a Variety of Foods

 Food sensitivities are often the result of eating a limited variety of the same foods every day. This results in the body being underexposed to good antigens, which are the markers on organic material that our bodies use to determine if a substance is self or not self. Whenever the body is exposed to a new antigen, it attacks the new antigen like it’s a virus or bad bacteria. This explains why unfamiliar pollen or foods can make you feel sick.

When your body is exposed to a variety of antigens, more antigens are marked as self and are not attacked. If you eat the same foods every day, not only do you limit your body’s exposure to good antigens, but you make yourself more vulnerable to adverse reactions should you try something new. 

The Rotation Diet: Keep Your Triggers from Accumulating and Turning into a Sinus flare up

 For food sensitivities, consider the rotation diet. This diet will ensure that you get a variety of foods, and it will lessen your likelihood of developing food sensitivities, which is a growing problem in our culture.

The rule is simple: When you eat something, you can’t eat it for four consecutive days afterward.

Think about that. How many times have you eaten the same food for weeks? How much variety do you really have in your diet? If you eat the same types of foods all the time, you will likely develop sensitivity to those foods.

Some studies suggest that you need to eat dozens of different types of vegetables to maintain a healthy gut flora, which is imperative to your overall good health. The better your overall health, the more likely you can tolerate your triggers without getting a sinus flare up. So if you make a big meal, freeze the leftovers and only eat one serving of it no more than once a week. 

Another thing I like about this diet is that after a week or so, you have to start hunting the vegetable aisle for something you haven’t eaten in four days. Your veggies should expand from cucumbers, celery, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower to include kale, leeks, radishes, spinach, water chestnuts, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, red beets, squash, and more. The more varied your diet, the less likely you’ll suffer from a nutrient deficiency—another potential trigger for headaches.

If you already have a food sensitivity, the rotation diet should help decrease your sensitivity to it. If you avoid foods you are sensitive to, you will become hypersensitive to them, and you may even develop a strong allergy to them. If you eat a small amount of something you are sensitive to and then avoid it for four days, your body has time to get it completely out of your system. Then when you eat a small amount of that food again, your body can tolerate it. Over time, your body should even be less sensitive to it. This process is similar to how an inoculation works.

The Question of Eating Organic

 When it comes to my vegetables, I am not too picky about them being organic because I feel that there is no such thing unless you grow veggies in your own garden and control how they are cultivated. Not all of us have that leisure, but if you do, eating fresh from the garden is the best way to get your vegetables.

However, when it comes to meat or any animal product (like milk or eggs), I am stricter. I try to avoid eating animal products that are not certified organic. Most meat sold at large chain grocery stores comes from an animal that has eaten who knows what foods, has been injected with who knows how many drugs and hormones, and has been subjected to potentially bad conditions that fill the animal’s tissues with stress hormones. So I choose not to eat meat from those animals.

Good Bugs Can Help

Another remedy you may want to try is taking probiotics. Good bacteria are essential to the well-being of your immune system. If you do not have good gastrointestinal flora health, your immune system will suffer, leading to immune issues like food sensitivities. Feed the flora in your gut with a variety of vegetables and grains to keep it healthy. As previously mentioned, some studies suggest that you need dozens of different types of vegetables to maintain a healthy gut flora. 

good gut flora for sinus health

If you take a probiotic supplement, make sure it contains more than one type of probiotic. You need a variety of good bugs in your digestive tract for it to be well. Many probiotic capsules contain only acidophilus because it is easily obtained from dairy products. This is not as therapeutic because acidophilus is the least deficient bug in our gut, especially if you eat dairy products like yogurt.

Additionally, purchase your probiotic from a reliable source. If you get it from a store, it may have gotten too hot or cold during transportation, rendering the probiotics useless (because they likely died in transport).

If you have to take an antibiotic, remember that it kills good bugs along with the bad. So take a probiotic during the antibiotic treatment and afterward to help replenish the good bacteria. Antibiotics make your gut vulnerable to a hostile takeover if not replenished with good bugs. 

A lot of medical doctors say not to take probiotics while taking an antibiotic because the antibiotic will kill them. While it is true that antibiotics kill probiotics, I recommend replenishing the probiotics faster than the antibiotic can kill them. This way, the good bugs can overrun the bad bugs, and keep secondary infections at bay. If you find yourself getting sinus infections regularly, try taking probiotics to see if the number of sinus infections you get reduce if not stop all together. 

Digestive Enzymes

 Food sensitivities may also suggest your digestive juices are weak. Ask your healthcare provider if taking a digestive enzyme daily with your heaviest meal is an appropriate treatment option. Bonus, digestive enzymes also act as an anti-inflammatory, which also helps with sinus congestion.

Stress can affect your sinuses. If you are under emotional stress, don't hold back. You may be surprised to know, holding back tears can suppress your healing. Plus, tears are a great way to drain the sinuses! To learn more about the healing effects of tears, check out:

Again, you do not have to suffer with sinus pain or congestion.

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Once we determine that we can help your sinus pain, we will treat same day, and advise you on what you can do to speed your recovery. We will follow up the appointment with a Report of Findings email that details what your condition is, what our treatment plan is and lists the prescribed home care, complete with videos that you can follow along with. 


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