Deep Tissue Massage for Sinus like pain

Deep Tissue Massage can help with Sinus like pain

In the early part of my massage career I took a day long workshop on Sinus Drainage massage. The workshop was thorough and we practised the routine many times. But I came away from the workshop thinking well how does that actually work? I spoke to the tutor who couldn’t give me a what I felt was a satisfactory answer. So I chose not to give sinus drainage massage. My own experience is that the massage was sore around the eyes and cheeks. I have in the past had sinusitis and so I know how painful it can be .

What is sinusitis?

“Sinusitis is inflammation of the lining of the sinuses, caused by a viral or bacterial infection”.For the full explanation and treatment guidance you can visit the NHS website: And massage cannot be given for a sinus infection.

If though you discover you don’t have a sinus infection, but  are still getting pain  behind your eyes, headaches over the eye, behind the ear and on top of the head and around the cheek, or some or any of these symptoms, then trigger points in the Sternocleidomastoid, Masseter, and Zygomaticus muscles in your face and neck may well be the cause of this referred pain. Deep Tissue Massage can help soften these trigger points (knots) in the muscle which helps the muscle to work correctly and stops referring pain to these areas. So massage can work to help relive sinus like pain, but not sinusitis itself.