The nasal passages develop special air spaces called sinuses, which are responsible for mucus secretion and air humidification. If the sinuses are inflamed, the mucus partially loses its ability to drain effectively, so the pressure in the sinus increases and leads to the so-called sinus headache. Usually the causes for this condition are colds and allergies. Often, sinus headache causes neck pain too that should be treated starting from the main inflammation located in sinuses.
In order to learn more about relation between sinus headache and neck pain, let’s first examine the structure and functioning of the sinuses themselves. These are cavities located within the bones that help with the process of air filtration. Their additional role is to make the skull stronger, so that it could resist traumas. The voice’s resonance is also possible due to the sinuses. Sinuses are located at the nose’s back that is why they are also known as paranasal sinuses. There are different types of sinuses based on their location:
Sinuses located in the sphenoid bone are called sphenoid sinuses. They are at the base of the skull. Those that separate the nose from the eyes are called Ethmoid sinuses. Maxillary sinuses on the other hand are located just under the cheekbones beneath the eyes, while frontal sinuses are located above the eyes.
The sinuses’ ability to drain significantly decreases when the back of the nose gets inflammation. The sinuses are blocked and the pressure builds up. The increased fluid and mucus secretion causes headache. The inflammation of the sinus itself is called sinusitis.
The pain in the neck and back directly relate to the headaches a person experiences. If this pain is very intense, our brain simply registers it as a headache. Although most people believe that a headache is connected with something that occurs in the brain that is not actually true. The brain is a kind of an information center that gathers all the data sent to it. The brain cannot cause pains; it can only receive information about pain and reproduce this information.
Some people who suffer from severe headaches report that they find relief in relaxing and releasing their muscles, which approach is more effective than taking pills. According to some researchers, the tension accumulated in the muscles should be released to get rid of the pain.
If you suffer from a neck pain, the following exercises can help you release the neck muscles:
- Push with your thumb the place located just under your ear, by placing your hand alongside the head.
- Next, place your fingers on the back of the neck and hold and press the muscles, located there.
- Take a deep breath and relax for some time while your muscles start to get rid of the pressure.
- Continue the procedure with holding up the muscle until it is gone limp completely.
What kind of exercises to do if you have back pain?
- First, place your left hand on the left knee and the right hand over your left shoulder.
- Then find the muscle located next to your spine with your fingertips.
- Hold it and relax, taking a deep breath. Ensure that there is no tension in any other body part.
- It usually takes about 30 seconds for a release to happen. When you feel that it occurs, slowly lower your entire body toward your right leg. It will help even more, if you lean over your right legs’ outside edge.
- Hold this position for a minute and release for a minute.
- Then repeat the same procedure with the right side.
One more useful exercise that you can try is as follows:
- Put your hands behind the head and reach the neck muscles with your fingers.
- Use a moderate pressure to press and hold them and then relax, taking a deep breath and exhaling.
- Half a minute later lower your head slowly and extend fully your neck. Then just release the pressure for a minute.
All these exercises are effective in treatment of neck pain that is connected with the sinusitis. The inflammation within the sinuses itself should also be treated by drinking a lot of fluids and using some salt water nasal spray. There are other medications offered over-the-counter that can help you decrease the inflammation, but the best option is to contact your doctor, who will prescribe you the most appropriate one for you.