If you are fighting sinus congestions or nasal blockage, especially during the cold season, then you are not alone. The pain that goes along with it can make you feel lousy. There is congestion, discharge, facial pain, pressure and headaches. Sinus congestion is commonly caused by allergies or the common cold. However, there are people who suffer sinus pain due to abnormal tissue growth inside the nose, uneven wall of tissues between nostrils, and another associated illness. This is called chronic sinusitis which affects nearly over 10% of the population.
To relieve sinus discomfort, you can take over the counter medication of the ones prescribed by your doctor. However, there is also another way to help ease the pain. There are spa treatments that can help alleviate the nasal blockage. These treatments might also help to relieve pressure and headaches.
Let’s look at some of these spa treatments that you can try.
This treatment is a natural way of healing that has been used for centuries worldwide. This method is used to treat various symptoms and conditions, including sinus congestion. This treatment used essential oils derived from herbs, spices and other plants. It’s a popular natural treatment that helps promote sinus drainage and unblock nasal blockage. Aromatherapy can work on its own or in combination with other spa treatments.
The best way to use essential oils for this kind of treatment is through inhalation. You can inhale essential oils in the following ways:
- Direct inhalation – inhaling the essential oil directly from its bottle. You can also put a drop or two of the oil on your handkerchief, inhaler or cotton ball and then breathe it in.
- Steam inhalation – you combine essential oil with hot water in a large pot or bowl to create therapeutic steam. Place your head over the steaming pot and cover your head with a towel. Breathe through your nose in two minutes at a time. Close your eyes while you do this process to prevent your eyes from being irritated.
- Diffusers – Less potent of inhalation. Diffusers will release the oils throughout the air, allowing them to dilute before you can inhale them
Some of the common essential oils used in nasal congestion are lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree. These oils are known to ease inflammation in the nasal.
Massaging the sinuses is believed to help sinus congestion and relieve the pressure. It can also help the sinus drain out mucus. The pressure that comes from the massage therapist may also help in promoting blood circulation to the nasal area. These are the four sinus areas that a massage therapist usually covers:
- Frontal sinus – found in the centre of the forehead
- Maxillary Sinus – located on either side of the nose, above the teeth and just below the cheeks
- sphenoid sinuses – a hallowed space in the bones around the nose
- ethmoid sinuses – located between the nose and the eyes
A soothing massage from the spa can help remove the toxins to help clear the blockage in your sinus. By focusing on the essential areas, your massage therapist can unblock the blockage and clear your nasal congestion.
It is the application of absolute pressure to a specific point in the body, like hands, feet, or ears. Reflexology is a healing tradition brought by ancient Chinese to address numbers of conditions. When it comes to treating sinus congestion, the reflexology points are located at the back of all ten toes. These points can be found quickly, and when they are being activated, they help soothe sinus pain. Also, the balance, energy and harmony of the nasal passages can be restored through reflexology. Overall, it can help you feel better.
Aside from reflexology, therapists also apply acupressure to get effective results. This is beneficial, especially if you are suffering from chronic sinusitis. The following points are the ones being activated by therapists:
- Bridge of Nose – pressing this area will ensure good mucus drainage
- Hollow point – a hollow space located at the back of the neck and applying pressure here can reduce congestion
- Nostril edge – located on the cheeks, at the end of the nostrils; this is an enormous pressure point as it results in better breathing
- Base of the skull – applying pressure on this part can help relieve common cold, headaches and nose blockage
- Upper outside chin – ensure blood flow to the ears and sinuses
- Collar bone – the hollow area right below the collar bone; gives a boost to the immunity and provides relief from a sinus infection
Do you always suffer from sinus congestion? Then going to the spa for the above treatments might be useful for you. Getting one or may these three treatments will surely help you feel better.