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Chiropractic Treatments for Stuffy Ears & Sinus Issues

Updated: Mar 4, 2019


You probably knew that chiropractors could help with back and neck pain, but did you know that chiropractic treatments can also help to relieve ear and sinus issues? Read on to learn about 4 of my favorite chiropractic treatments that promote drainage and sinus relief naturally, without the use of medication.

The Muncie Technique for Stuffy Ears Upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, and allergies can all cause that miserable clogged ear feeling. Patients will often describe this as "I can't get my ears to pop". This sensation can sometimes be caused by fluid and/or mucous trapped behind the eardrum in the auditory tube.

The Muncie Technique can be used to reduce adhesions in the muscles and facia surrounding the auditory tube, thus promoting drainage. This technique is a specialized manual therapy performed inside the patient's mouth, which allows the closest proximity to the auditory tube. Many patients will experience mild to moderate discomfort during the treatment, but this is expected to resolve immediately post-treatment. For many patients, the temporary discomfort of the process is worth relieving their ear congestion.

Ear Adjustment for Stuffy Ears

The ear adjustment often becomes a favorite for patients who experience it. With this treatment, the chiropractor will hold onto the ear and manipulate it using a high velocity, low force maneuver. There is usually an audible "pop" when the adjustment is performed successfully. Many patients are able to feel fluid movement in the ear immediately following the adjustment. Some patients also report a bad taste in their mouths. These are both positive signs that the technique has promoted drainage for the patient.

Cranial Sacral Technique

Your sinuses are located within the bones of your face. When your sinuses become inflamed, mucous and fluid have a harder time draining. Poor drainage and trapped mucous leads to feelings of pain, pressure, stuffiness, and even infection. Chiropractors trained in cranial sacral technique can perform this manual therapy to promote drainage of your sinuses. The technique will focus around the head, eyes, skull, cheek bones, and neck. Many patients will breath easier through the nose immediately following this treatment.

Neck & Back Adjustments

A poorly aligned spine can contribute to pain, inflammation, and dysfunctional movement. This can exacerbate sinus issues. Oftentimes, the chiropractor will perform neck and back adjustments in combination with the above treatments for patients who present with sinus issues.

If you would like to discuss your specific ear or sinus complaint, call our office or book an appointment online with Dr. VanWagner.

Legal Disclaimer: The information on this website is generally available and informational. It should not be considered medical advice for your specific condition. Never rely on information from this website in place of seeking professional medical advice and consultation from a qualified healthcare provider.

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James Stadnik
James Stadnik
Aug 16, 2021


Thanks for sharing your story, Nice blog.

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