Sinus headaches can be defined as a headache that involves pain, swelling and pressure in the sinus cavities over the cheeks. The cause is usually resulting from inflammation of the mucous membranes in the sinus cavities of the face. The inflammation is usually from allergies but may also be a viral or bacterial infection. The pain is described as a dull ache or irritating pressure around the nose and above the eyes. The symptoms may be worse in the morning and improve as the sinus cavities drain throughout the day. Leaning forward will usually make the symptoms worse.
Treatment options include the use of a salt water Neti pot in cases of allergies to flush and rinse the mucous membranes and remove allergens that may have built up. This can help moisturize the membranes and allow the inflammation to subside. The CDC recommends using only distilled or sterile water.
Chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical spine can be beneficial as well as how compresses to the face. A vaporizer may be beneficial to clear the sinus congestion and reduce pressure on the nerves.
If you are suffering with sinus headaches, call Frisco Spinal Rehab today for more information on protocols to help you recover.