28/03/14 Deep Tissue Massage can help with Sinus like pain
In the early part of my massage career I took a day long workshop on Sinus Drainage massage. The workshop was thorough and we practised the routine many times. But I came away from the workshop thinking well how does that actually work? I spoke to the tutor who couldn’t give me a what I felt was a satisfactory answer. So I chose not to give sinus drainage massageMy own experience was that sinus massage was painful around the eyes and cheeks. I some times suffer from sinus and so these areas were very tender and sore.
What is sinus?
“Sinusitis is inflammation of the lining of the sinuses, caused by a viral or bacterial infection”.For the full explanation and treatment guidance you can visit the NHS website: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Sinusitis/Pages/Introduction.aspxIf though you discover you don’t have a sinus infection, but get pain deep behind your eyes, headaches over the eye, behind the ear and on top of the head and around the cheek, then trigger points in the Sternocleidomastoid, Masseter, and Zygomaticus musles in your face and neck may well be the cause of this referred pain.Deep Tissue Massage can help soften these trigger points (knots) in the muscle which in turn helps the muscle to work correctly and stops referring pain to these areas.So massage can work to help relive sinus like pain, but not sinusitis itself.
Home remedies for mild sinus and stuffy nose are:
•Steam inhalations of tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oil. Three to four times a day