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Would it surprise you to learn your neck pain comes from a sinus problem? Sinus symptoms are a response to an allergen, particulate, nasal polyp, or inflammation. Pain often tells the brain to secrete fluid, and healthy sinuses will let that mucus drain and air circulate. When sinuses are irritated, the mucus cannot drain, and the problem snowballs.
Stopped up, sinuses create pockets where bacteria and fungus thrive to worsen the problem. Now, the body is so created that every action has a reaction somewhere. So, the sinus problem sends pain warning messages. Some messages evoke pain. Other messages sneak up on you.
Some sinus systems hit early. The symptoms include a headache in the upper face, bruised feeling around the eyes, and post-nasal drip or nasal discharge. But, those quiet messages accumulate until they reach a certain volume, and the pain needs an outlet.
You have four sets of sinuses differentiated by location:
When the sinuses towards the front are inflamed, you feel it in the eyes, forehead, and jawbone. When the sphenoids are irritated, you will feel the pain in the back of your head and neck, earaches, and/or shoulder muscles.
Of course, it is also the nature of the body that what goes around comes around. So, sinusitis can show up as neck pain, and neck pain can lead to sinusitis. Treating the sinuses can relieve the neck pain, and treating the neck pain can reduce the sinus problems. Balance is the treatment.
About the Author
Dr. Michael Berry, D.C. is the Director of Katella Chiropractic and Laser Center, a leading chiropractic wellness center in Orange County California. Katella Chiropractic and Laser Center successfully treats patients with sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, and back and neck pain using spinal adjustments, chiropractic massages and more. Dr. Michael Berry and his team also use low level laser therapy, which improves tissue repair and reduces pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied.