Sinus Pain and Pressure – Alternative Treatments


Sinusitis, pain, pressure and congestion can leave New Yorkers feeling like the walking dead. So many people have such bothersome side effects from sinus medications that they are seeking a more natural method of relief.

Sinus pain, pressure, drainage and the dreaded sinus headache can make most people simply think that they have a cold. Lots of New Yorkers simply try to wait it out. It is actually a common misconception that the common cold causes these symptoms. But the truth is, a very small percentage of cold sufferers actually have sinus related issues. If the cold virus is trapped in the sinuses, then it can become swollen, painful and create drainage. But this usually is not the case. If you have these symptoms, it is more likely acute or chronic sinusitis.

Most people successfully treat sinusitis with over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants or with antibiotics prescribed by their doctor. But many people have become concerned with the overuse of antibiotics and other medications. They may experience troubling side effects such as numbness and tingling in the hands, feet and face, extreme fatigue, sinus dryness and dizziness. It just is not feasible for busy people to function while in this state. Considering that most sinus related issues last approximately two weeks, many New Yorkers are seeking alternative treatments.

Saline nasal sprays and irrigation systems, or neti-pots, have become popular holistic choices for sinusitis sufferers. These can be very effective for relieving congestion and sinus drainage. Sinus membranes are soothed and can become less irritated and swollen if the treatment is repeated often. You may be interested in more long-term relief or you may not like the idea of irrigating your nasal cavities. Some people find that they are just unable to make it work.

Another natural choice of treatment for sinusitis is reflexology. This ancient healing practice has been fine tuned to provide excellent results. It may sound far-fetched, but the basic function of reflexology is exactly what your sinuses need to return to a healthy state.

Sinusitis is caused by the cilia in your sinus membranes becoming sluggish or losing function all together. As sinus problems get worse, more and more cilia are affected. Long-term sufferers may have damaged cilia cells that need more help than an over-the-counter medication can provide. Just about every type of medical treatment for chronic sinusitis treats the symptoms, not the problem.

Reflexology treatment of the sinuses works by stimulating the nerves that lead to the sinus cavities. This stimulation by manipulation forces the cilia to begin working again. It may take several treatments for severe sinus sufferers to get the full benefit. But, most people notice immediate results. By forcing the cilia to function, the sinuses are able to do their job of clearing out bacteria, dirt and congestion from the sinus cavities.

This could be the answer you have been looking for, especially if you are opposed to taking dose after dose of medication for your sinus woes, or if you are interest in curing the problem, not masking it. New York reflexology centers are popping up all over and you could very well benefit from visiting one.


Source by Michael Hazel

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