For some people, spring and summer mean clogged sinuses due to allergies. For others, who seem to get a cold every winter, their sinuses are so stopped up they can’t breathe, can’t smell, and they get that telltale voice change.
Sinuses are spaces that develop as out-pouches from the lining of the nose into the bones of the cheeks and brow. They are almost absent at birth but expand rapidly when your adult teeth erupt, and again at puberty.
When the lining of these sinuses is inflamed, more mucus is produced, and if the drainage channel from the sinus to the nose becomes blocked, high pressure develops inside these small spaces giving severe pain. Typically if you bend forward the pain is worse making you want to hold your brow and face. Stagnant mucus makes bacterial infection more likely (acute sinusitis) and subsequent chronic inflammation (chronic sinusitis) may follow.
The causes for nasal congestion can range greatly, and you don’t have to be sick to be congested. Many people will experience congestion from allergies, temperatures, dust, smoking, spicy food, and air particles.
But don’t break out the medication just yet—relieving the pressure of a stuffy nose, a stuffy head, and stuffy ears can be as easy as touching a pressure point.
1. Push your tongue flat into the roof of your mouth with decent pressure for 1 second.
2. Then, take your thumb and press the area right between your eyebrows above your nose for 1 second.
3. Alternate step 1 and 2 over and over again for about 20 – 30 seconds. Note: you are not pressing the points at the same time, you are alternating.
Repeat this process as necessary to help clear your sinuses.
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