Although all bodies are different and most of us love this fall season, there are a number of people who dread what fall weather does to their sinuses. During the fall, the air becomes cool, crisp, and dry. Hay fever is rampant. And symptoms like sinus headaches, runny noses, and “face” pain become more and more apparent. What may seem like allergies can become sinus infections when left untreated. Which is why we wanted to take some time and talk about how chiropractic care can help your fall sinus symptoms.
What Even Are Sinuses?
As we’re approaching Halloween, discussing sinuses feels more than appropriate. Think of all the skulls you’ve been seeing in décor and costuming. Your sinuses are the hollowed cavities near the nose, cheekbones, eyes, and forehead. When unagitated, these cavities are primarily empty, minus a thin layer of mucus.
And When They Are Agitated?
When any system or part of the body is irritated, the immune system goes full force to try and protect the body from potential invaders. The sinus system is no different. A sinus infection (sinusitis) is caused when bacteria and other pathogens cause the sinuses to swell. What was once a hollow cavity is now full of excess mucus which can lead to a growth of germs.
Causes of Sinusitis
There are a number of different factors and variables that can lead to sinus pressure or infection. They include:
- Common cold
- Nasal polyps
- Virus or bacteria
- Tooth infection
Fall Sinus Symptoms to Watch For
The symptoms of sinusitis are very similar to that of the common cold and allergies. If your seasonal cold is lasting longer than normal, it’s important to get checked out to make sure you’re getting the treatment you need.
- Facial aches and pains
- Sinus discharge
- Sore Throat
Chiropractic Care: Sinus Adjustments
As we’ve talked about many times before, chiropractors can do wonders when realigning your spine. However, many don’t realize that they can also help adjust your sinuses too! Small adjustments of the facial bones can help your sinuses drain more effectively. Even a single vertebra in the upper neck can cause sinus pressure when out of alignment.
Through practices like acupuncture, we have learned that certain areas of the body can be stimulated by other areas. The same is true of the spine and head. Upper spinal adjustments can help stimulate communication with nerves near these sinus cavities to help bring about sinus pressure relief.
Fall Sinus Symptoms with Zock Family Chiropractic
If you’re someone who suffers from chronic sinus pressure and pain, adding chiropractic care may be the natural preventative treatment you need. If you would like more insight into optimizing your body during this fall sinus season, Dr. Zock would love to discuss your thoughts and concerns. She can evaluate your body mechanics and help you decide what natural methods are best for your specific sinus relief! Contact our office in Cranberry to schedule an introductory session and provide you with a happy and healthy fall season!