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. 

Cause

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.

Symptoms

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

Dr. Kaminsky is a 1999 graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. He is licensed to practice in NY and has completed close to three thousand hours of professional continuing education since becoming licensed in March of 2000.

The primary approach used in his office is Craniosacral Therapy (CST) which is a method focusing on the cranium (head) and sacrum (a large bone at the base of the spine) scientifically proven to control life sustaining fluid flow throughout the body.

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on manual therapy approach that brings about healing via the fluidity of the body. The existence of the Craniosacral System was first discovered by Osteopath Dr. William Sutherland in the early 1900’s, calling it Cranial Osteopathy.  And later rediscovered, validated, and developed by Dr. John Upledger in the late 70’s early 80’s, who renamed it Craniosacral Therapy after doing five years of research at the Michigan State University, School of Medicine. In 1983 Dr. John, as he was fondly called, established a teaching institute in Palm Beach, Florida, to teach this cranial sacral method to all healthcare providers. The Upledger Institute is still very active today.

The craniosacral mechanism pumps fluid which is produced in the brain, called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), through the fascial network of the body, the purpose of which is to lubricate joints, muscles, organs, all cells and all tissues. It is the driving life force for your body’s systems to function properly, CSF also carries healing properties to bodily traumas, injuries and past surgeries.

The proper function of your cranial sacral mechanism, via CSF flow, maintains the normal tone of your muscles, provide nutrients to your organs, and keeps you out of pain. It sustains human life and allows your nervous system to stay responsive to challenges of daily living and your mind-body life experiences. The better your craniosacral mechanism functions, the better the flow of this life sustaining fluid, the better your body can handle physical and emotional stress. The uninhibited flow of this fluid throughout your body allows you to thrive, opposite of survival mode.

CSF is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) brain and spinal cord), which is physically encapsulated within the dural membranes of the spine and head.

One of the functions inside of your brain is to automatically generate energetic rhythmic impulses that function to pump CSF throughout your body, regulating your peripheral nerves, nervous system and organ systems, which in turn, sustain your function (physiology) and life. It is an important force that maintains everything functioning in your body. This is what we call the Craniosacral System, or Craniosacral Mechanism. It is the hydraulic, energetic and rejuvenating system of your body.

This measurable life force of moving fluid is palpable to a trained craniosacral therapist, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rate, that can all be felt, so too can the Cranial Sacral Rhythm (CSR) be palpated and measured. It is the foundational diagnostic tool in real-time used to evaluate your current state of well-being (or lack thereof), and potential for health improvement and healing.

Compromises of your rhythmic impulse, correlates to CSF flow restrictions in the system which the body is unable to self-correct or overcome on its own. This is the reason why over time we develop pain, dis-ease, symptoms, conditions, mind-body disconnect and basically all human physical and psychological ailments.

When the fluid isn’t flowing optimally, your bodily rejuvenation is affected, and this is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body, most commonly on your head and sacrum, for diagnostic purposes, the practitioner can detect, feel, evaluate, and rate the SSQAR (strength, symmetry, quality, amplitude, rate) of the rhythm; then bring forth correction of any limitations with subsequent experienced hand placements on different parts the body during a session.

A craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm reset, restore and renew allowing for healing to take place of the mind-body connection, musculoskeletal tightness and spasms, neurological deficits, autoimmune issues, organ function, many common conditions, and of course pain. Through a practitioners properly focused and attuned touch, your body is facilitated to release channels of fluid stagnation and flow restriction, which ultimately breakthrough, overcome and improve CSR and the function of vital fluid flow.

Dr. Alex Kaminsky is an advanced practitioner of Craniosacral therapy, having studied up to advanced levels including SER and pediatric courses. He has built a solid foundation with many years of experience, treating babies, children and adults.

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