Posted by Riska Posted on 9:45:00 PM
The following four bodywork techniques are known to help sinusitis by breaking up congestion, increasing circulation within the sinuses, aiding the lymph in removing sinusoidal debris and strengthening the immune system:
1. Sinus Massage:-To promote drainage and alleviate congestion, perform a sinus massage. You can use these directions as a guide - beginning from the midline, massage in small circles laterally on the forehead out to the temples, the base and sides of the nose out to the cheeks and ears and along the mandible from the chin out to the ears.
2. Acupressure:-Utilize the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by applying pressure to the following acupressure points - Urinary Bladder 2, Stomach 3, Stomach 8, Stomach 40, Gallbladder 20, Large Intestine 4, Large Intestine 20, Bi Tong, Yin Tang, Triple Warmer 17 and Governing Vessel 24.
3. Cranial Sacral Therapy:-
Because it moves stagnant cerebrospinal fluid within the bones of the skull, cranial sacral techniques create an influx of circulation, which consequently eases sinus pressure. This technique is especially useful for head, jaw, and eye and ear pain from chronic sinusitis.
4. Lymphatic Drainage Massage:-Because this manual technique stimulates the movement of lymphatic fluid, it helps the body thin out mucus. Especially when applied to lymph vessels in the head and neck, properly applied lymphatic drainage massage can reduce congestion and sinus pressure.
Whenever a massage therapist is working with clients who have sinusitis, there should be awareness of the following issues:
Since there is no way to be sure that a client's secretions are non-infectious, be extra vigilant about potential contagion by following universal precautions.
Affected clients are likely to have difficulty breathing in the prone position. If your session involves back work, make sure it is brief and take steps for your client's comfort.
Chronic Sinusitis sufferers may have inflammation that makes local massage painful.
Continually check in with your clients to make sure that sinus massage or acupressure is not causing them pain.
Bodywork will increase circulation and break up sinus congestion. To help move those toxins out of the body, advise your client to drink plenty of water following the session.
After repeatedly trying to get a handle on their congestion and pain, many sufferers have succumbed to the discomforts of chronic sinusitis. They may be in for a pleasant surprise when massage therapy brings them more relief than their primary physician ever could!
By customizing a session with sinus massage, acupressure, lymphatic drainage and cranial sacral therapy, massage therapists can be the most important practitioner a chronic sinusitis sufferer ever entrusts with his or her care.