Persistent sinus pain and chronic sinus infections and headaches can seriously compromise the sufferers’ quality of life.
From an osteopathic perspective, sinus issues often come about when there's a distinct dearth of drainage in the head. In your mind, you might have four sinuses: the sphenoidal sinus, the maxillary sinus, the ethmoid sinus, and the frontal sinus. The bones in the head and face constantly go and act like a pump for the sinuses.
In order for appropriate drainage to occur, the sinuses must go. When working properly, the sinuses move dust, bacteria, or inflammatory fluid out. When they have been stopped, fluid will accumulate at the base of the sinuses and may make an infectious state.
Regardless of where the issue begins, the pathology that is resultant is remarkably similar. Due to strive in one or more regions of the head, the bones in the face move less and fluid builds up in more or one of the sinuses.
One patient suffered from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which will be a condition where the airways become partially or completely blocked during sleep and can lead to periods of time when the person isn't breathing. The therapy for OSA is something called a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which drives air into the lungs so your person continues to get oxygen throughout the night. The unfortunate side effect of the CPAP machine for this patient was that the mask halting her sinuses from moving in their regular, healthy routine and causing compression in her face and that goes around the nose and mouth was pushing on her cheekbones. Because of this, she suffered from congestion and regular sinus pressure.
A second patient suffered from severe headaches that were daily in the forehead region due to sinus congestion. Before turning to osteopathic manipulative medicine she had experienced several operations that were painful to try to relieve the sinus pressure and pain, but found them to be completely unsuccessful. She was made to retire as a result of severity of her symptoms from her precious livelihood. The primary problem in her case was compression in your community of the frontal bone, which is related to the frontal sinus. She was free for a month, after having daily headaches for years.
A third patient had a drunken fall backwards in his youth and landed on the back of his head fairly forcefully on a metal surface. Several years following the fall, he started getting regular sinus infections and nearly constant sinus pain and had to take a leave of absence from work. This pathology started with compaction and strain in the occipital bone (the bone at the trunk of the head) and went to stop the normal physiologic motion of the bones in the facial skin and so the sinuses. This patient ended up wanting months of treatment to start to correct the pull and decrease symptoms. Eventually he was able to go back to work and is currently in a position to function normally again.
For all these patients face to improve the pumping activity of the sinuses and the most important key to making them feel better was to improve the motion of the bones in the head. Treatment with mild osteopathic manipulative medicine help increase the standard of living of the sufferers and can get a profound effect. More details of the article can be found at Pain discussion forum