Sinus Headaches Explained
Symptoms, causes & treatments for sinus headaches.
As we move into the winter months, the cold and flu season also kicks into gear. If you do find yourself getting sick, you may also find yourself experiencing a sinus headache. Sinus headaches can be a real pain, literally.
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
Deep, constant pain and pressure in your sinuses
Pain that is worsened by head movements or bending forward
Discoloured nasal discharge
If so, then you may have a sinus headache, and there is definitely nothing fun about it! Fortunately, there are many remedies to help alleviate these symptoms. Read on to find out the causes and effective treatments for sinus headaches. Causes of Sinus Headaches Let's uncover the culprits behind these pesky headaches. Sinus infections are most often to blame, caused by nasty viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Allergies can also trigger sinus headaches by clogging up your sinuses with swelling and congestion. And let's not forget about structural abnormalities or environmental factors like dry air or irritating pollutants. Treatments to the Rescue Now, let's talk about possible solutions! Over-the-counter pain relievers can ease the pain and inflammation, but it's always wise to consult a pharmacist for guidance. Nasal decongestants, whether sprayed or swallowed, offer temporary relief by unclogging those stubborn sinuses. Saline nasal irrigation can also help with mucus, allergens, and irritants. And don't underestimate the power of warm compresses—they can work wonders as well.
Enter Osteopathic Treatment Often we have recovered from our cold but the sinus headache is the last annoying symptom left, preventing us from getting back into our daily routine - here is where osteopathic treatment may be able to help! Osteopathic treatment takes a holistic approach to sinus headaches, addressing the body's structure and function for natural healing. Through massage and manipulation techniques, osteopathic treatment aims to restore balance, improve circulation, and relieve sinus pressure. Soft tissue treatment, manipulation, cranial sacral therapy, and lymphatic drainage are just a few of the techniques that may be used in your consult. Before any treatment, you will also undergo a thorough assessment to ensure a sinus headache is your cause of pain and rule out any other possible causes.
Sinus headaches may try to rain on your parade, but armed with knowledge and effective treatments, you should be able to find some relief. Over-the-counter remedies provide temporary relief, but addressing the underlying causes is key. That's where osteopathic treatment shines, offering a holistic approach that targets the root of the problem. Remember, prevention is essential, so take care of your nasal hygiene, avoid triggers, and manage allergies wisely. If you are having any issues with Sinus Headaches, give our friendly team a call on 0425 876 929 to discuss your options, or book a consultation here.