Sinus Headache Treatment with  Craniosacral Therapy in New York City

A build-up of pressure in the sinuses in the nose, forehead and cheeks, commonly produces a type of headache that is called a “Sinus Headache”.  It leads to a consistent deep pain in this area of the head, which gets more severe with sudden movements or straining of the head. Thus besides pressure and pain in the forehead, cheeks and behind the eyes, a sinus headache may worsen if you bend forward or lie down. Such headaches may also be associated with a sore throat, fever, cough, fatigue or other cold-like symptoms. 


Sinus headaches occur as a result of inflammation and obstruction of the sinuses, which may be caused by a number of different factors. These include:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Infection
  • Sinusitis

Sinusitis, whether allergic, nonallergic or fungal, can cause changes in the pressure in the sinuses that can then cause headaches. Allergies, a weak immune system, nasal growths (polyps) or asthma can increase the risk of sinus headaches and sinusitis.  Allergic rhinitis typically occurs seasonally and is more likely to cause symptoms in the spring when the pollen count is high or in autumn as the weather changes.

Also, our sinus cavities are normally filled with air .Theses cavities are lined with epithelial tissue that secretes a small amount of mucus. The sinuses have small openings called meatuses that allow this mucus to drain into the nasal passages. The purpose of this mucus is to flush out toxins such as virus, bacteria, fungi, and allergens.  Structural changes effecting the size of the meatuses and inflammation can both inhibit optimal drainage of the mucus into the nasal passages. This causes mucus to build up further blocking the openings in the sinuses creating a breeding ground for bacteria and other pathogens.


A deep pain that is experienced in the sinuses in the cheekbones, forehead and the bridge of the nose, that also may intensify with movement or straining of the head are the general symptoms of a sinus headache.

Additional symptoms that can commonly accompany a sinus headache include:

  • Nasal discharge
  • Feeling of fullness in the ears
  • Swelling and tenderness of the face
  • Fever and chills
  • Fatigue

The symptoms of sinus headache are closely related to that of migraine, and the two conditions are often misdiagnosed for this reason.  Several symptoms help distinguish a sinus headache from a migraine headache. A migraine usually worsens with noise or bright light, and a migraine is often accompanied by nausea or vomiting. 

For many people, over-the-counter allergy and pain relievers are not an option because of side effects or because of possible drug interactions with medications they are already taking.

Cranialsacral Therapy to treat Sinus Headaches: 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. Craniosacral therapy is particularly helpful for head, eye, ear and jaw pain from chronic sinusitis. Craniosacral therapy can help the body to release the mucus build up in a gentle and effective way.  

Trauma to head, face or jaw, TMJ, and whiplash are all possible reasons the openings (meatuses) in the sinuses may be altered. Craniosacral therapy addresses these changes by working on the sutures in your skull, re-aligning them to their optimal position and therefore removing any obstruction to the drainage of your sinuses through the meatuses.

Fascia (soft-tissue) covers everything in the body, down to the cellular level.  Fascial restrictions in tissue surrounding your neck, chest, and head can produce an environment where circulation is compromised.  Fascial restrictions are released by Craniosacral therapy, improving circulation and the removal of toxins and other waste products which in turn decreases inflammation causing the sinusitis.

About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy

Having a Chiropractic background since the year 2000, Dr. Kaminsky offers many methods of treatment with an emphasis on Craniosacral Therapy in NYC.

Dr. Alex Kaminsky

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a method focusing on the link between the cranium (head) and sacrum (the second to last bone at the base of your spine), scientifically proven to work in unison to pump fluid throughout the body, an unknown disruption of which can cause many health issues.  The craniosacral mechanism pumps vital fluid called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) through the body and in a sense energetically lubricates the joints, tissues, organs; basically all cells of the body. It is the driving force of all your body’s systems of function; including maintaining the tone of your muscles.

The Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) are surrounded with CSF generating energetic rhythmic impulses of fluid delicately pumping throughout your body’s parts “breathing” the movement of life. This measurable rhythm of moving fluid, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rhythm is the foundational “blueprint” and primary principle of our real-time state of our health. 

Compromises of our rhythmic movements of fluid flow correlates to the impulse restrictions in the system which the body is unable to overcome or self-correct. This is the reason why we have “dis-ease”, symptoms, conditions, basically all ailments.  This is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable.  By placing his or her hands on your body the practitioner can feel, detect, evaluate, and facilitate correction of these restrictive arrhythmic impulses.

The craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm restore and renew in compromised areas allowing for healing to take place of sensory, motor, musculoskeletal, neurological disorders, symptoms, conditions and pain.  To learn more, visit the other pages on this website. Call to schedule your healing treatment with Dr. Kaminsky.