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Massage for Nasal/Sinus Congestion

Roughly 50 million people in the United States are affected by nasal allergies and the numbers are rising with each passing year. It is estimated that 30% of those affected are adults and 40% are children. The most common allergy symptoms (excluding food allergies) include: dry cough, fatigue, headache, runny nose, stuffy nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, sneezing.

Our society has a tendency to treat allergy symptoms with either over the counter drugs or some form of prescription. Over the counter medicines can become costly after a while and side effects of the prescription drugs can cause a lot more harm than good (especially after years of use and not enough research). Natural remedies are becoming more popular; however, proceed with caution regarding the efficacy of some of these treatments.

Before you call your doctor’s office or head to the medicine aisle, consider these techniques to help decompress the nasal congestion.

There are specific pressure points in the face that when gently pressed can help release sinus pressure as demonstrated in this video:

Lymphatic massage is a gentler modality and can be very effective. This video in particular takes you step by step in how you can help your body’s lymphatic system.

Everyone is different, especially from a biological standpoint. Not all treatment models are for everyone and you may find that a combination of things help you. Use caution when trying new treatments and always consult your doctor if you need clarification.