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 feels 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. But if the drainage is blocked, pressure increases and can cause pain, discomfort, headache and swelling around your eyes and ears; a dull ache in the cheekbones; pain in the teeth or jaw; increased nasal secretions; chills; fever; dizziness; loss of appetite; photophobia (sensitivity to light); bad breath; a general “yucky” feeling; even depression.

The Chiropractic Approach

Chiropractic is not a treatment for sinus conditions, yet sufferers often find relief after chiropractic care. By relieving stress on the nervous system and body structure, helps your body work more efficiently. Further, spinal care adjusting ensures that the bones move freely and “breathe”, permitting body fluids to drain without interference.

Anyone suffering from sinusitis, rhinitis or other respiratory problems should see a chiropractor for a spinal checkup. Spinal care can help your body function better, improve your resistance to disease and enhance your well being.