Sinus Headache And How Physiotherapy Treats It


Sinuses are hollow air-filled cavities, which are lined with a thin mucus layer. They intend to help humidify and filter air. They may also affect our voice sound. Since Sinus cavities are present at birth, they do not fully develop until late in the teen years. Inflammation of the sinuses of your face is sinusitis. It can be acute or chronic. When the spaces inside your nose and head sinuses are swollen and inflamed for three months or longer, the treatment is called chronic sinusitis. Although irritating and painful, without medical notoriety, sinus headache always goes away. However, a person should reach their doctor if the symptoms are serious.

Symptom of sinus

Sinus headaches are typically easy to diagnose. Typical symptoms include:

  • - Pain and pressure along the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of your nose.
  • - Palpation over the top of the sinus cavities is usually painful. Also pain in the roof of the mouth or teeth.
  • - Worsening pain when straining or increasing your blood pressure via the Valsalva maneuver.
  • - Worsening pain when bending or leaning over.
  • - Accompanying symptoms of illness or allergy include a stuffy or runny nose, earache or feeling of fullness in the ears, fever, and swelling in the face.
  • - Dizziness.
  • - Sore throat, frequent nosebleeds, and breath odor.


How physiotherapy helps?

Physiotherapy is a non-invasive plan of treatment for sinus headaches but to some extent, such therapeutic exercise will help to reduce the signs & symptoms of sinusitis.

1) Suboccipital release

Your body is stretched from your head to your tailbone region by performing a release of your head at the base of your neck. This stretching redistributes the fluids that are built up in the sinus cavities throughout the body, away from your head.

2) Stretching of the muscles surrounding your neck

There is an increase in blood circulation to the tissues allowing relaxation of the neck by stretching muscles surrounding the neck. Which also provides nutrients to the muscles surrounding the glands that are sensitive and swollen.

3) Myofascial release to the sinuses

By applying the tapping/stroking technique to the sinus cavities of the forehead, the sinus cavities are allowed to further open up and help to remove the excess fluid causing pressure and headache.

4) Kinesio Tape

Kinesio tape is another piece of equipment that can be applied to the back of your neck to reduce pain and inflammation, relax tired muscles, and support them in movement. Kinesio tape is used to treat anything from headaches to foot problems effectively and everything in between them.

5) Visceral Manipulation 

By manipulating organ such as liver can help with sinusitis symptom 


The physiotherapist also applies other options for sinus headache therapy. They can make use of nebulization, laser and light therapy, ultrasound therapy, and rinoflow therapy, a few of the treatment modalities. Excellent results are normally achieved in two to three treatments with the above-mentioned physiotherapy techniques. However, the results depend on the state of the sinusitis (i.e. acute or chronic), patient compliance (i.e. whether cutting down on smoking, or visiting treatment), and most significantly, early referral achieves quicker results which inevitably saves on medical costs.

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