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2016-10-26 06:00
Photo: supplied Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinus cavities, which are small air-filled spaces behind the cheekbones and forehead.

Photo: supplied Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinus cavities, which are small air-filled spaces behind the cheekbones and forehead.

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WITH Spring already underway and the constant change of the KZN climate, many people are reportedly suffering from sinusitis flare-ups and phlegm build-up in the chest which affects their breathing capabilities. Physiotherapists are trained professionals offering treatment for the management of chronic sinusitis, constant coughing and repeated chest infections.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinus cavities, which are small air-filled spaces behind the cheekbones and forehead. Symptoms experienced are pain, “stuffiness” in the nose and an increase in mucous production. Often patients report headaches associated with pain extending into the eyes, and a dull ache/discomfort in the face. Physiotherapy is used to treat both acute and chronic sinusitis.

Acute sinusitis usually lasts for less than twelve weeks and is generally caused by a viral infection.

If it lasts for more than 12 weeks, it is usually termed chronic sinusitis. When sinusitis is chronic, the symptoms persist despite treatment with antibiotics and often surgical drainage is needed to provide relief.

Physiotherapy treatment:

The goal of physiotherapy is to treat sinusitis in the early stages of inflammation, to facilitate drainage of mucous, reduce swelling and manage pain. A course of usually four treatment sessions is recommended, before the full impact of the therapy is achieved. The treatment offered includes:

Ultrasound therapy: This works by transporting mechanical energy through vibration of the tissue particles affected. This speeds up the healing process by increasing blood flow to the area; and decreases pain by relieving pressure and reducing swelling.

Laser Therapy: This treatment modality works instantly, destroying micro-organisms with light energy. It is a non-invasive form of treatment, offering an analgesic effect. It also reduces swelling and inflammation, whilst simultaneously acts on allergic and infective agents.

Sinus massage: This is a stimulatory massage of the sinuses and the surrounding areas, to provide pain relief and reduce the feeling of “stuffiness” felt in the nose.

How does physiotherapy help for chest conditions?

Chest infections can be caused by a build-up of phlegm in the lungs. Physiotherapy treatment is aimed at speeding up the recovery process by helping to clear the phlegm from the lungs.
This allows for improved airflow into and out of the lungs, which in turn decreases the possibility of infection and lung damage. Physiotherapists also treat patients with chronic conditions like asthma, recurrent bronchitis and COPD.

Physiotherapy treatments can prevent you from being admitted into hospital. Physiotherapists offer treatment for people from all walks of life; from newborn babies to the elderly.

Physiotherapy for chest conditions includes:

· Manual percussions and vibrations to loosen phlegm in the lungs

· Postural drainage: positioning during treatment to allow for effective drainage of the lungs

· Breathing exercises and the correction of breathing patterns

· Nebulisation

· Relaxation and body awareness principles

Contact us today to find out more!

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