Sinus Congestion can happen to the best of us. Whether it’s from a change in weather, a seasonal flu or allergies/hay fever, sinus congestion is unpleasant!
The symptoms of sinus congestion that we can treat through massage are facial pain and pressure, ear pain and headaches. Other symptoms include a runny nose, sore throat and post nasal drip. Definitely not something we want to be dealing with!
So what exactly are sinuses?
sinus is used to refer to a system of hollow cavities.
There are many locations in the body that can be referred to as a sinus but most commonly it refers to those around your nose and eyes. The sinuses extend through the cheekbones, the forehead, behind the nose, and between the eyes and they are all interconnected.
Your sinuses are lined with a soft, pink tissue called mucosa. When you’re healthy, your sinuses are empty, besides a thin layer of mucus which keeps the tissue moist and healthy, and traps bacteria. As air passes through the sinus passages on the way to the lungs, the mucus helps humidify and filter the air. The sinuses also help the voice resonate, this is why our voices sound different when we have a cold!
When you’re suffering from a cold or allergies, your sinuses may become inflamed and produce more mucus to fend off the intruders. This is where the pressure you feel in your face comes from.
Now you may be wondering how massage can help?
Well you have asked the right gal!
Massage helps sinus pain and congestion by relieving pressure and helping the sinus drain out mucus. The gentle pressure and warmth from the hands may also help by increasing blood circulation to the area. This can be done by your Remedial Massage therapist, ask us at your next treatment! This can also be done by you, at home!
So how can you do this at home?
There are three major sinuses in your face and they are names after the anatomical names for the bones in your face. You can choose to massage one or two of these sinuses or all three, its up to you!
But here is the how to:
Location: the center of the forehead, right above each eye.
- Start with clean hands and by rubbing your hands together to warm them up.
- Place your index and middle fingers on either side of the forehead, just above the eyebrows.
- Massage slowly in a circular outward motion, working your way outwards, towards the temples.
- Repeat approximately 5 times or until you start to feel relief
Location: either side of the nose, below the cheeks, but above the teeth.
- Place your index and middle fingers on the area between the cheek bones and the upper jaw, on either side of the nose.
- Glide your fingers along the line of your cheekbone working in an outwards motion.
- Repeat 5 times or until you start to feel relief
Sphenoid/Ethmoid sinus massage
Location: sphenoid sinus can be found behind the nose and between the eyes, just below the pituitary gland. The Ethmoid sinus can be found in the ethmoid bone, the bone that divides the nasal cavity from the brain. Both are targeted in this massage technique.
- Place your index fingers on the bridge of your nose and find the area between your nasal bone and the corner of the eyes.
- Hold a firm pressure in that spot with your fingers for about 15 seconds.
- Then, using your index fingers, stroke downward along the side of the bridge of your nose.
- Repeat the slow downward strokes 5 times or until you start to feel relief
You can repeat these techniques as much or as little as you like! Just remember to always start with clean and warm hands!
You can use other home remedies in conjunction with these techniques such as a warm compress or steam.If you ever have any questions feel free to ask, leave a comment or get into contact with the clinic. Hope you all are feeling relief after reading this, flu season doesn’t have to be so stuffy!
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