If you’re plagued with sinusitis, then making time for a bit of exercise might be the last thing on your mind. Sinus trouble, after all, can bring along fatigue, troublesome coughing and lingering headaches. Still, there’s a natural remedy for those symptoms that can also help you de-stress: yoga.
Acute sinusitis should be treated with an antibiotic or another remedy recommended by your doctor (call us if you need help), but a regular yoga routine can help keep symptoms at bay. Yoga provides instant relief for some health conditions and offers cumulative benefits for others, as long as you keep up a consistent practice. And since stress can worsen many healthy problems – including sinusitis – the relaxing benefits of yoga can be significant.
What poses and stretches put up the best fight against sinus symptoms? Start with these:
- Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana): Use a few mats from your shoulders to your elbows for support. As you hold the pose and relax, you might just find that your sinus trouble eases.
- Supported Half Plow Pose (Ardha Halasana): You can use a chair to support your feet during this exercise, which extends your upper-back and neck muscles.
- Plow Pose (Halasana): Holding this inverted position can increase circulation, boost breathing and drain the nose to offer relief.
- Lion Pose (Simhasana): This pose helps exercise the face and neck, and it can alleviate sore-throat symptoms at the same time.
As always, check with your physician before starting a new fitness routine. And it’s best to consult with a yoga instructor to make sure you’re practicing each pose correctly, to avoid damage to joints, muscles and other tissue. With that in mind, we’ll be happy to help you find a natural way to alleviate your sinus symptoms. Just get in touch if you’d like more guidance suited for your lifestyle.