The sinuses are located throughout the head: in the forehead, in the cheeks and the nose. It is believed that these air-filled cavities help our body to circulate air and drain mucous from the nasal passageways. Blockages in the sinus are responsible for the build-up of mucus, creating a productive environment for the production of bacteria, viruses and fungi that can cause infection. Infections lead to sinusitis, characterized by symptoms of inflammation that causes swelling. With a lessened chance of drainage, we experience congestion that often leads to dull, throbbing headaches.

Symptoms of sinus headaches include:

Pressure in the cheeks and forehead

Feelings of stuffiness and fatigue

Achy feelings in the jaw

Full ears or ears that feel likely to pop

Sinus headaches usually feel the worse in the morning, making you feel groggy and inhibiting a proper start to the day. At Family Chiropractic & Spinal Health Care Center, our treatment aims to seek out any structural causes for blockage and encourage drainage. Subluxations, especially in the cervical region, can interfere with the nerve supply to the sinuses. By removing interference and employing other methods, such as tapping around the sinuses, we encourage the sinuses to drain properly.

We also would like people who have been suffering from regular sinus headaches to get moving to get their sinuses moving: exercise can help improve circulation and make breathing easier. Maintaining proper hydration and instituting an anti-inflammatory diet can also help. Call our offices, in Ramsey at (201) 995-9900, and in Passaic at (973) 471-9585, if you are looking for natural relief from your sinus trouble.

Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C.