It is more common for people to develop sinusitis during the fall and winter months when weather is cold. Since antibiotics can not help those suffering with a sinus infection caused by a virus, practicing yoga as an alternative to help relieve the symptoms is a practical solution. If you have sinusitis caused by bacteria, antibiotics will be needed, but yoga can still be used to complement the medication.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, is the term used when the tissue lining of the sinuses become swollen. Air usually fills normal, healthy sinuses. However, when fluid gets into the sinuses germs can evolve and create an infection.
A sinus infection can be caused by the common cold, inflammation in the lining of the nose due to allergies and by polyps in the lining of the nose.
Symptoms of sinusitis
Symptoms of a sinus infection may include the following:
- Tension or soreness of the face
- A stuffy nose
- Nasal discharge
- Not being able to smell as well or at all
- Unpleasant breath
- Tooth pain
- Throat pain
Top five yoga poses for those with a sinus infection
If you are only going to perform one yoga pose, the seated forward bend makes the top of my list. One reason is because it is simple to do and should not cause additional stress to your body. Additionally, traditional texts tell us that this asana is a cure for sicknesses. The seated forward bend is great for those with sinusitis and insomnia, and it is a very peaceful pose.#2 Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
In addition to being helpful to those with sinusitis, bridge pose is beneficial to asthmatics. It is also a good asana to perform if you have osteoporosis or high blood pressure. If you suffer from a headache due to a sinus infection, this asana will also help with your pain.
The plow pose has healing benefits to those with sinusitis, and it can aid in relieving back and neck pain you may be experiencing due to your sickness. If you can't sleep due to your illness, this pose will also help since it is therapeutic for those with insomnia.
If your sinus infection is keeping you awake or causing asthma than the supported shoulder stand is definitely the pose you want to do since it will help alleviate these problems.
The seated forward bend will help relieve symptoms of sinusitis as well as any difficulty breathing. Additionally, it should help you relax and lift your mood if you are feeling down.
Yoga works well as an alternative or complementary medicine for those suffering with a sinus infection.
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