An Osteopathic Approach to Chronic Sinusitis
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Mary Lee-Wong, MD
Division of Allergy and Immunology
Beth Israel Medical Center
10 Union Square East Suite # 3F
New York, NY 10003, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 9, 2011; Accepted date: April 14, 2011; Published date: April 20, 2011
Citation: Lee-Wong M, Karagic M, Doshi A, Gomez S, Resnick D (2011) An Osteopathic Approach to Chronic Sinusitis. J Aller Ther 2:109. doi: 10.4172/2155-6121.1000109
Copyright:© 2011 Lee-Wong M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: Patients with sinus pain and discomfort often seek additional adjunct therapies. Objective: To determine the efficacy of osteopathic manipulation techniques (OMT) to relieve sinus pain in our outpatient allergy clinic setting. Methods: Sixteen patients who presented to our clinic in pain and requesting alternative therapies for relief of their chronic sinus pain were offered to receive OMT treatment as an adjunct to their office visit. One patient declined participation after receiving printed information about the OMT techniques. The remaining fifteen patients were given a symptom score card to assess the severity of their sinus pain before offering OMT. The OMT offered consisted of four different direct pressures and "milking" techniques combined with one sinus drainage technique. These five techniques were selected to relieve sinus pain, pressure, and congestion by unblocking nasal passages and improving lymphatic flow. Each technique was given for 3 minutes and the entire process took approximately 18 minutes to complete. Results: Each patient was given a symptom score card to rate their symptoms before and after manipulation. Data was plotted and statistical analysis computed with GraphPad Software using paired t-test. OMT was not associated with any adverse effects or complaints. Nine of the 15 patients reported symptom relief immediately following OMT. The average reported sinus pain/congestion before OMT was 3.07 (Moderate.) Following OMT, sinus pain/congestion decreased to 2.33 (Minimal.) Average decrease in symptom score after OMT was 0.74 with a p-value of 0.0012 via paired t-test. Subjective data reported by the patients showed symptom improvement immediately following each OMT session. Four of the fifteen patients reported minimal pain during the procedure. No other adverse effects were reported. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that after OMT, utilizing direct pressure and sinus drainage technique, the overall sinus pain/congestion for all patients improved (p=0.0012). All fifteen patients reported feeling more relaxed after OMT.