Suffering from Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is one of the most common manifestations of pain, inflammation and obstruction in the upper respiratory tract. Patients can present with any of the following symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion

  • Pain in the face or head

  • A feeling of fullness around the eyes

  • Occasional fever

  • A foul taste or smell

  • Post nasal drip

  • Fatigue

A physical examination will reveal tenderness over the sinuses; the nasal mucosa may be red and congested. There may be a deviation of the nasal septum oedema (swelling) and the neck may also be sore.

The osteopathic treatment of sinuses is a two pronged approach. The first is to teach you how to drain your own sinuses. We will teach you a set of exercises to do that will drain the excess mucous away from your sinuses. When mucous builds up and does not drain away through the normal channels you are a sitting duck for infection. Mucous carries a polysaccharide (sugar) that bugs are attracted to, so getting good drainage on a daily basis is key to your wellbeing.

Secondly we will assess all the bones that carry the spaces within them, called your sinuses, to see if they are functioning correctly. Each sinus has a bone to which it is associated that acts as a sink plunger for it. All the bones must work to get good drainage. This utilises some of the cranial techniques that osteopaths are renowned for. Of course no osteopathic consultation is complete without us taking a full case history and making sure that treatment from us would beneficial for you. If you require more information please email us on or phone 01200 424901 or more information or an appointment

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucus membranes that line the sinus cavities. This inflammation may be either acute or chronic and causes the mucus glands in the sinuses to secrete more mucus. The mucosa can become swollen and sinuses become obstructed, thereby preventing drainage .

This can result in nasal congestion, anosmia, and head and face pain in the area of the sinuses. In addition there can be postnasal drip, cough, sore throat and thick, yellow or green nasal mucus.

Treatment would include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary information.

Acupuncture may help to relieve pain and congestion in people with sinusitis by:

  • increasing endorphins and neuropeptide Y levels (Lee 2009), which can help to combat negative effective states

  • stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz, 1987; Zhao 2008; Cheng 2009)

  • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Zijlstra 2003; Kavoussi 2007);

  • enhancing natural killer cell activities and modulating the number and ratio of immune cell types (Kawakita 2008);

  • increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling.

In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress (Hui 2010)

Often Chinese herbal medicine will also be recommended to assist in clearing inflammation and opening the nasal passageways and clearing mucus. Food that generate mucus in the body will also be discussed.

/ Advice from our Team


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