The sinuses are small cavities that sit behind your forehead and cheekbones. Sinuses produce mucus, which helps to drain allergens and irritants out of your nose. However, illness and allergies can sometimes cause inflammation in the sinus tissue—known as sinusitis. Sinusitis can cause a runny nose, nasal congestion, headaches, and facial tenderness. Some people can find relief with nasal sprays, and people with chronic sinusitis may need antibiotics.
However, one clinical trial found that topical steroids and antibiotics may not be effective for certain patients. Some people can develop rhinitis medicamentosa, or rebound congestion, where ironically, they experience more symptoms because of decongestant use. If you are looking for a non-invasive way to treat your sinusitis, you may want to look into a lymphatic massage. Read on to learn more about the lymphatic system and how a massage could help.
What is the Lymphatic System?
Your lymphatic system runs throughout your body and consists of vessels, ducts, and nodes that transfer white blood cells and antibodies to combat infection/disease. Sometimes, external stressors, food allergies/additives, infections, fatigue, etc. can reduce the effectiveness of the lymphatic system and cause "sluggish" lymph fluid. A lymphatic massage helps to restore the proper circulation of lymph fluid and helps to bolster your immune system against sinusitis.
How Does a Lymphatic Massage Work?
During this massage, your therapist will massage around lymph nodes by your ears, under your jaw, and around your neck. Lymphatic massage is different from other massage modalities in that it isn't felt deeply in tissues. Instead, lymphatic massage has a lighter rhythmic pressure that is meant to improve lymphatic flow and blood flow. This massage can heal the lymphatic system, which in turn can help you heal from sinusitis.
Lymphatic massages can also decrease your current symptoms. One study looked at how facial massage could help athletes with sinusitis, and the results were promising. The participants were able to experience relief in facial tenderness and facial congestion after their massages.
You can return to normal activities after a lymphatic massage, but some people may want to rest after a session. You should also hydrate so that lymph fluid can circulate more easily through the body.
While a massage session itself is helpful, you should also look for the root cause of your sinusitis. For instance, if you have allergies, you may need to use a high-efficiency air particulate filter in your home, or you may need to use different cleaning products to avoid sinusitis flare-ups.
Reach out to a massage therapist in your area for more information about lymphatic massages.