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Spinal Misalignments Can Cause Chronic Sinusitis?

Posted in Sinusitis on Dec 31, 2016

Upper Cervical Spinal Misalignments Can Cause Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic Sinusitis problems have many causes. Those who suffer find that this common condition interferes with truly living life to its fullest.  Like most conditions, there is a spectrum to the intensity of the condition. Over 500,00 Americans get sinus surgery each year. With that said here is a list of symptoms that often are associated with chronic sinus problems:

  • Whole-body: fatigue, fever, or malaise
  • Facial: tenderness or swelling
  • Also common: sinus pressure, headache, inflammation of the ear, mouth breathing, phlegm, pus, sleeping difficulty, or throat irritation

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Sinus conditions won't kill you but they will make your life miserable. We would first like to mention common medical sinus treatments. Then we will discuss what can be one underlying cause of chronic sinus trouble and what you can do to heal from it naturally.

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Common Medical Chronic Sinusitis Treatments in Los Angeles

  • Saline nasal irrigation, with nasal sprays or solutions, reduces drainage and rinses away irritants and allergies.
  • Nasal corticosteroids
  • Oral or injected corticosteroids
  • Aspirin desensitization treatment, if you have reactions to aspirin that cause sinusitis.

Many of these treatments can prove successful. Because our office is into prevention and natural alternatives, we are a fan of nasal irritation. The other treatments involve drugs that only treat the symptoms not the cause.  

While medicine is sometimes needed in acute health conditions, when a condition becomes chronic it is an indicator that something is out of balance in the body. Our office specializes in Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care. Which is a natural form of health care whose goal is to work with the body's own healing potential? 

Twenty-three years ago I personally received my first upper cervical correction. I suffered from many chronic symptoms. One of which was sinus problems. For over two years I had a constant headache and my sinuses were swollen shut. I suffered from chronic postnasal drip. It was a nightmare. 

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After a long search, I was finally referred to an upper cervical chiropractor in the SF bay area. He corrected a spinal misalignment at the top of the neck. It not only healed my sinuses but it also took care of the headaches, insomnia, depression and other problems I had no idea were related.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care and Sinus Treatment in Los Angeles

The sinus membrane is responsible for much of the discomfort one feels when they suffer with chronic sinusitis. We have talked about the medical approach to treating symptoms. But what causes sinusitis?  Allergies, chronic infections, and other irritants are all secondary effects.  Most want to know about causation.  If one knows the underlying cause then they can truly get well.

The sinus membrane is controlled by cranial nerve 5 and 7.  Both of these nerves control the membrane and the mucosal glands in the sinuses. One thing we have found in our office while practicing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is that the upper cervical spine has great influence over sinus function.  It is a common experience for patients to feel relief from chronic sinus troubles after their necks are corrected. 

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a little known health discipline whose goal is to correct spinal misalignments at the most critical junction between the head and the neck.  Correcting spinal misalignments in the neck allows the central nervous system to function optimally. In our offices in Los Angeles, we have seen over 8000 patients suffering with a host of health problems. 

While Upper Cervical Care is NOT a cure-all it affects a host of chronic disorders. If you are suffering from chronic sinuses problems it would make sense to get checked by an Upper Cervical Doctor.  Our offices in Los Angeles offer free consultation.