Sep 03

Are you struggling with sinus issues? If you’ve been using over-the-counter medication to treat them, prolonged use can sometimes cause worsening of symptoms, damage mucosal tissue and produce more mucus through a rebound effect. Women receiving massage therapy for sinusesMassage therapy for sinuses is a great way to remedy some of these issues:

  • Sinus drainage and positioning is taken into consideration during treatment
  • Manual drainage of sinuses, release of facial, pectoral and neck muscles to reduce tension and increase circulation techniques will be used to reduce swelling and congestion
  • Use of essential oils such as Japanese Mint can enhance decongestion effectiveness
  • Self-care techniques such as facial/sinus steams, self-massage to the face and sinuses and education about sinuses will be included with treatment

Self-care at home

Here are some steps on how to do a decongestion steam at home:

  1. Heat up the water to boiling
  2. Carefully pour the hot water into the bowl
  3. Drape the towel over the back of your head
  4. Set a time for 10 – 15 minutes
  5. Shut your eyes and slowly lower your head toward the hot water until you’re about 8 to 12 inches away from the water. Be extremely careful to avoid making direct contact with the water
  6. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose for at least two to five minutes

We recommend that you don’t steam longer than 10 to 15 minutes for each session. However, you can repeat steam inhalation two or three times per day if you’re still having symptoms.

Did you know massage can help relieve cold and congestion symptoms in babies? Read more on that here!