Advanced Endonasal Therapy
We are proud to announce that Yonge Finch Chiropractic & Health Centre is the only clinic in Canada to offer a natural and alternative treatment for Chronic Sinusitis.
Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses. Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, germs (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) can grow and cause an infection.
Conditions that can cause sinus blockage include the common cold, allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining of the nose), nasal polyps (small growths in the lining of the nose), or a deviated septum (a shift in the nasal cavity).
Who Gets Sinusitis?
About 37 million Americans and nearly 2 million Canadians suffer from at least one episode of sinusitis each year. People who have the following conditions have a higher risk of sinusitis:
- Nasal mucous membrane swelling as from a common cold
- Blockage of drainage ducts
- Structural differences that narrow the drainage ducts
- Nasal polyps
- Conditions that result in an increased risk of infection such as immune deficiencies or taking medications that suppress the immune system.
In children, common environmental factors that contribute to sinusitis include allergies, illness from other children at school or day care, pacifiers, bottle drinking while lying on one’s back, and smoke in the environment.
In adults, the contributing factors are most frequently infections and dry weather and smoking.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis?
Some of the primary symptoms of acute sinusitis include:
- Facial pain/pressure
- Nasal stuffiness
- Nasal discharge
- Loss of smell
Additional symptoms may include:
- Bad breath
- Dental pain
Acute sinusitis may be diagnosed when a person has two or more symptoms and/or the presence of thick, green, or yellow nasal discharge.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis?
People with chronic sinusitis may have the following symptoms for 8 weeks or more:
- Facial congestion/fullness
- A nasal obstruction/blockage
- Pus in the nasal cavity
- Nasal discharge/discolored postnasal drainage
Additional symptoms of chronic sinusitis may include:
- Bad breath
- Dental pain
How does Advanced Endonasal Therapy treat Chronic Sinusitis?
Advanced Endonasal Therapy (AET) is a relatively new procedure whereby an endonasal balloon is inserted into the nasal cavity and inflated to release adhesions in the mucousal linings of the sinuses. This procedure is very safe and effective in the treatment of sinusitis. The adhesions in the mucous lining – the dura mater – of the nasal cavity and sinuses become inflammed due to irritants and allergens Over time, this causes a chronic build up of mucous and pus leading to nasal obstruction and poor sinus discharge. AET effectively works to release these chronic adhesions by manipulating the nasal soft tissue and gently mobilizing the cranial bones such as the sphenoid and vomer to alleviate the obstruction and restore healthy sinus function.
Some of the benefits of AET?
1. Removes nasal obstruction and blockages.
2. Improves nasal discharge from the sinuses.
3. Reduces facial congestion and sensitivity.
4. Helps align a deviated septum to promote proper discharge.
5. Improves your senses of smell
6. Increases oxygen uptake by the brain (to enhance neurological functioning)
7. Increases Nitric Oxide uptake into the blood. (helps treat hypertension with natural vasodialation)
How does AET compare to Balloon Sinuplasty ?
Balloon Sinuplasty is an invasive surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia to insert a balloon into the sinus drainage channel. It may also require the breaking of nasal bones to open the sinus passage. In comparison, AET is a natural approach that does not require anesthesia as the balloon is placed near the opening of the sinus drainage channel – not in the channel. The inflation gently dilates the inflamed soft tissue near the opening of the sinus channel to release the pressure within the channel and facilitate drainage. An analogy would be a plastic suction cup on a window. The negative pressure within the tiny cup (sinus) is maintained so long as its sealed tightly. Lifting and pulling the edge of the suction allows the air to escape. Similarly, the movement of the soft tissue near the opening of the sinus channel releases the pressure within the channel, thus allowing the sinus to drain. The procedure only takes 20-30 minutes. Advanced Endonasal Therapy is much less invasive and the effects are broader (structural, neurological and physiological). It’s a truly a natural and alternative treatment for a chronic and debilitating condition.
Click here to watch a short video on Advanced Endonasal Therapy.
If you or someone you know has been suffering from sinusitis, please encourage them to contact our office to schedule an initial assessment.
Yonge Finch Health Team