In the U.S alone, nearly 29.4 million adults have been diagnosed with sinusitis. Those living in the U.S spend $5.8 billion every year on treatment for sinus problems. If the fluid does not drain properly out of the sinuses, it leads to numerous health problems such as colds, increased allergies, and tiredness.
There are various forms of care available. Decongestants, neti pots, nasal steroid sprays, and herbal remedies are only a few. Nearly 500,000 people annually resort to surgery to get relief from their symptoms.
The Root of Sinus Problems
Researchers have discovered that many sinus problems are misdiagnosed and actually have a root cause in the head or neck. Recent studies show that many people have fatigue and pain in connection with their sinus issues. A group of 297 sinus patients reported that 22% of them also had unexplained chronic fatigue, while 11% had unexplained chronic pain, and 9% experienced both. What was found to be the cause? The results showed a link to misalignments in the upper neck.
How Upper Cervical Misalignments Occur
When someone has an auto accident or experiences trauma to the head or neck, the connective tissue can be damaged. Because the upper neck is the most flexible, it is vulnerable to more problems. The flexibility of the upper neck is good when you need to turn your head, but it’s not so good when you experience a misalignment.
The C1 and C2 are the uppermost vertebrae of the neck. A misalignment of either of these can put pressure on the brainstem and cause it to no longer function properly. One of the effects this can have is dysfunction of cortisol release. This leads to chronic fatigue and sinus problems.
A medical doctor, chiropractor, and a psychiatrist got together to study this. They concluded that when the upper neck was adjusted back into proper position, the patient’s overall health improved significantly. Cortisol readings normalized over a 6-month period. As a result, the patients experienced a decrease of chronic fatigue, sinus, and chronic pain symptoms. In summary, an adjustment to the upper cervical area of the neck can help your overall health and lead to a happier and healthier life.
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