Sinus season is slowly approaching and as the seasons are changing it can bring unwelcome nasal congestion, sinus infections, headaches and seasonal allergies. Do you dread the spring season due to sinus problems? Read on as we share helpful tips to help you through the season change.
Kristin shares how she eases the pressure for her clients.
The membranes lining the nasal passages can become inflamed and irritated, producing excess mucus in an attempt to flush out any irritants (this is also what happens when we are exposed to an inhaled allergen). As the volume of mucus increases, of course, we experience increased pressure inside the nasal cavities and the sinuses, leading to headaches, earaches, and other discomfort. Sometimes, the natural drainage and flushing process is inadequate, and the pressure does not resolve on its own – and this is when manual therapy can be very beneficial.
I’ve been having excellent results using a combination of myofascial/craniosacral techniques with lymphatic drainage therapy to help open the sinuses and encourage the immune system for our clients who are struggling. First, I use some lymph drainage techniques, primarily to the head and neck. This provides a bit of a boost to the immune system, helping to support the body’s natural processes. Lymph drainage through the area also creates a destination, an empty space to drain to for the excess fluid that is part of the body’s inflammatory response. Then, I incorporate several myofascial and craniosacral therapy techniques that focus on the areas surrounding the various sinuses, helping the bones to rebalance as well as releasing restrictions that could be inhibiting the natural mucus drainage.
Many of the clients that I have used this combination with have experienced an almost immediate increase in productive drainage, sometimes lasting up to 12 hours later, with little or no rebuilding of pressure or congestion.
Linda shares her favorite essential oils for sinus congestion.
• Single oils – Peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, lavender
• Young Living blends – Breathe Again, Raven, R.C., Thieves
Here are some simple ways to use oils at home:
• Place a drop or two of peppermint or eucalyptus in your tissue box
• Use a home diffuser. You can use a combination of your favorite oils from the list above or try my favorite combination: 1-2 drops peppermint and 1 drop rosemary, thyme and eucalyptus
• Don’t have a diffuser? Try boiling water on the stove. Remove from heat and add your oils of choice. You can also pour into a mug or bowl and inhale the steam.
• Place a couple of drops of oil on your pillow case before bed
When using oils always use caution as they are very concentrated. Using less drops is always best. When applying to the skin, mix the essential oil with a carrier such as coconut oil, almond oil or unscented lotion.
Try some of these tips at home to bring relief to your sinus congestion this spring season.
Other helpful tips to try at home.
It is important to keep your nasal passages and sinuses moist, even when you have a runny nose. When the membranes dry out they will become more irritated.
Try these to help keep your nasal passages moist:
• Open Up the Nasal Passages: Use a nasal saline or Neti pot to flush irritants from your sinuses.
• Use a Humidifier: Get moisture into the air. Dry air will cause the mucus to thicken, leading to congestion.
• Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Drink more fluids to help thin out the mucus.
• Feel the Warmth: Place a warm, wet towel on your face. Add essential oils and inhale. You can also take longer showers to breathe in the steam.
• Give Yourself a Boost: Elevating your head at night can make breathing more comfortable. Prop yourself up on a couple of pillows.
• Avoid Chlorinated Pools. Chlorine can irritate your nasal passages.
Don’t dread the spring season. Take a proactive approach at home with some of our recommendations or try incorporating essential oils into your day. If you are still struggling don’t hesitate to reach out to our team so we can help you ease the pressure. We want you to breathe in the spring smells as the season changes.