It’s allergy season again. Runny noses, stuffed up head and that tired feeling as your body works to chase off those enemy invaders – pollen. So, what can you do to help? Of course, there are allergy medications and allergy shots, even using a neti pot will help, but what if you could do some simple exercises that might help your sinuses naturally drain better?
When our body is out of alignment, specifically the shoulders are rounded, and the head moves in front of the shoulders, the body loses its natural line of gravity for the sinuses to drain effectively. When the head is out of alignment, the flow rate of sinus fluid slows down, it becomes thicker and you notice that dreaded feeling of stuffiness. As you struggle to breath effectively, the body becomes tired, your posture may slump even more, and you get stuck in a cycle of poor posture that just does not help your body clear away allergy laden sinus fluid.
To combat poor drainage due to less than optimal head position, there are simple and effective posture exercises that can help realign your head over your shoulders and to also help bring your shoulders back over your hips. Here are a two links to short videos that will help realign your head and shoulder positions to help your sinuses function more optimally. Performing these exercises daily during allergy season will not make your allergies go away, but they may lessen the symptoms to help you have more energy and feel better.
Jenean LaRoche is a Posture Alignment Specialist certiﬁed by Egoscue University® and holds a BA degree in Dance Education as well as Master Certification in Intuition Medicine®. Her past licensure includes nursing and massage therapy. Jenean gives clients private coaching in Align Posture Therapy as well as leads a posture therapy group class. She is also the director of the SenSpa Wellness Center.