Sinusitis

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses (air-filled spaces in the face around the cheeks, forehead, and eyes). It is caused by too much mucus which then blocks the narrow channels. Sinusitis can present as facial pain/swelling, headaches, blocked nose, pressure feeling in the face, yellow/green mucus from the nose or consistent cough. Usually, there is a general feeling of malaise.

Most people will recover fully from sinusitis in a week or so without antibiotics. To manage symptoms of sinusitis, osteopathy can be a useful complementary treatment. Treatment includes working around the face, sinuses, neck, thoracic inlet and upper back to help with the drainage of the sinuses.

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Research:

Häfner S. Stadler M.

Osteopathic interventions seem to induce positive changes in the symptomatology of CS (chronic sinusitis) with further improvement after cessation of therapy. Most aspects of the study protocol proved feasible, while likert scales used to assess aspects of quality of life should probably be replaced by a more sensitive instrument, taking into account generic as well as condition specific criteria.

Méndez-Sánchez, González-Iglesias J, Puente-González AS, Sánchez-Sánchez JL, Puentedura EJ, Fernández-de-Las-Peñas C.

Published in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Patients with craniofacial pain and chronic rhinosinusitis who were treated with manual therapy demonstrated improvements in all outcome measures only after each treatment session. Our results suggest that manual therapy treatment could be considered as an appropriate alternative treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis.