Are you experiencing facial pain? A blocked nose? Feeling of pressure inside your face? Headaches? Change in your smell or taste? Toothache? Sinusitis is most likely the cause of these symptoms. Your sinuses are air filled spaces in your fascial bones. There are three sinuses that link together- maxillary, frontal and ethmoidal. When there is excess mucous or swelling of the lining, this can narrow the channels linking the sinuses. This can result in pain, headaches, mucus infection, and a possible fever.
What are the causes of sinusitis?

  • Hay fever
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Deviated septum (the bone/cartilage that divides the nose in half is off centre)
  • Nasal Polyps (small growth in the nose)
  • Food allergies

There are many causes of facial pain such as- Deviated septum, TMJ disorder, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Temporal Arteritis, Acoustic Neuroma, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, just to name a few. It is important to identify the exact cause, so appropriate treatment can be provided.

If you are suffering from sinusitis it is important to identify the specific suspected source. It is often self-resolving pain. It may be aided by moist heat and facial massage. 

So are you at risk of suffering from sinusitis? These are a few of the risk factors:

  • Frequent colds
  • Untreated hay fever or allergies
  • Smoking
  • Regular use of nasal sprays
  • Any abnormalities in nasal structure
  • Nasal Polyps

Possible complications if untreated:
If sinusitis is frequently occurring or persistent for weeks to months its can sometimes affect the tissue or bone surrounding the sinus area. Other structures may also be affected such as a sore throat, constant coughing or middle ear infection.

If you are suffering from facial pain, come visit the friendly chiropractors at Lakeside Chiropractic. They will take an extensive history and physical examination to come to a conclusion as to what is causing your facial pain. In the case it is sinusitis, the chiropractors can provide manual drainage technique which is basically a message over the sinuses, this may assist in the congestion.

Fascial muscles are usually tense when sinusitis is present, so the practitioners may provide relief via soft tissue therapy and other modalities such as dry needling. Lastly there may be associated neck/ cervical dysfunction in chronic cases- chiropractic adjustments and mobilisations may assist in the restoration of normal movement in the neck. Lakeside chiropractic also offers other treatment modalities including- activator adjustments, interferential, kinestiotaping, rehabilitative exercises and stretches, advice on retraining postures and pillows that will assist in your treatment.

Lakeside Chiropractic is located in Joondalup, 6027 local to the northern suburbs of Perth. Surrounding suburbs include Currambine, Iluka, Connolly, Ocean Reef, Whitfords, Hillarys, Kinross, Tapping, Carramar, Banksia Grove. Please come and see our friendly, professional chiropractors to help you on your road to recovery. We accept all major health care insurances and provide HICAPS for Medibank, HIF, HBF, SGIO and many more.

You can contact us on 9300 0095, or visit our website www.lakesidechiro.com.au to make an enquiry or booking.

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