A connected system of hollow cavities within the skull comprises our sinuses. Except of the maxillary sinuses in the cheekbones, most sinus areas are quite small. Here is some additional information:
- Sinuses are pairs – one on each side of our head, in close proximity to the nose.
- Maxillary sinuses are the largest and are located in the cheekbones.
- Ethmoid sinuses are located between the eyes.
- Sphenoid sinuses are located within bones behind the nose.
- Sinuses are normally empty except for a thin layer of mucus.
- Lining the sinuses is a thin, soft, pink tissue called mucosa.
Still, doctors are uncertain as to why it is that we have sinuses. There are two predominant theories: (1) they help us in the humidification of breathing, and (2) they help us in voice enhancement.
Many sinus conditions can cause congestion, such as sinusitis, but congestion of the sinuses is a prevalent, but acute, condition. Sinus congestion is defined as: “the blockage of the nasal passages usually due to membranes lining the nose becoming swollen from inflamed blood vessels.” Other terms used by doctors are: nasal blockage, blocked nose, stuffy nose, plugged nose and nasal obstruction.
All of us have experienced sinus congestion during our lives and it is painful, annoying and uncomfortable. The condition can interfere with speech, hearing and sleep. In some severe (rare) cases, sinus congestion requires surgery to correct. Children are more susceptible to complications that may require removal of the adenoids and tonsils, because they may manifest into problems later in life.
The most common causes of nasal congestion are allergies, cold, flu, and sinus infection. Luckily, these conditions can be corrected through alternative home remedies.
HERE’S HOW TO CLEAN OUT YOUR SINUSES IMMEDIATELY
We’ll present you a very simple, quick and effective technique! Here are the three quick steps to help alleviate sinus congestion:
Notice: It is recommended to sit comfortably to get the most effective results.
- Sit down and position the head and body at a 45-degree angle. Turn your head sideways and massage the sternocleidomastoid muscle in a downwards direction 5 times. This muscle is located immediately beneath both ears, and runs down the neck perpendicular to the collarbone. Repeat this technique on the other side of the neck. The overlapping purpose of this exercise is to relax the neck, in order to make the remaining steps more effective.
- Locate the hard and boney part of the nose using the index fingers. It runs about halfway down the length of the nose. Move the fingers down until you locate the soft part of the nose where this bone ends. The area between the soft, fleshy part of the nose and the bone is where you should focus this technique. Massage this area with pressure that is firm, but comfortable, using a circular motion for approximately 20 to 30 seconds. After this, massage the muscles down the side of the nose towards the cheekbones. This will help to relax this area of the face.
- Once again using the index fingers, locate the upper orbit bone. This bone can be found in the area above each eye. Here, you’re going to locate the super orbital notch. It’s a slight indentation located above the center of the eyeball. Massage this notch with pressure that is comfortably firm using a circular motion, for about 20 to 30 seconds.
- In the end, locate the center of the forehead using both hands. Slowly massage outwards until reaching the temples using a circular motion with comfortably firm pressure.
A final note:
You should experience some relief from this practice. The degree of this relief, in a general sense, depends upon three factors: (1) effective execution of the steps above, (2) severity of nasal congestion being experienced, and (3) personal (involuntary) receptiveness of the above techniques.
In order to experience the best results, you may have to repeat this practice and slightly alter it to personal preference. After repeating this exercise two to three times, you should feel a noticeable improvement.
As a bonus, here are some ways to help prevent nasal congestion:
Eat healthy: Design and maintain a well-balanced diet. Consuming and digesting foods high in nutritional value can be the “x-factor.” A healthy diet promotes a healthy immune system and that is an important defense mechanism that may prevent health complications.
Don’t smoke: Cigarette smoke and nicotine can irritate the sinuses and exacerbate any sinus condition.
Hydrate: Water possesses health-promoting properties. Dehydration causes numerous health conditions, while proper hydration, a minimum of 5, 12-ounce glasses of water a day, can prevent and alleviate many different issues.
Get active: Physical activity is essential to achieve an optimized immune system. At least do the minimum of 30-minutes of physical activity, three times a week.
Practicing a healthy lifestyle and committing to health-promoting activities can really help you reduce your nasal congestion, as well as numerous other health issues.
Stay fit and healthy!