Archive for December, 2011

Sinus Problems? Trouble Breathing? Salt Lake City’s Air Could be to Blame

Monday, December 26th, 2011

The winter season is a beautiful time in Salt lake City, Utah.  The large, snow-covered mountain ranges are simply breathtaking.  People travel from all over the world to ski and board in Salt Lake City; wanting to try out “the best snow on earth.”  But although the winter brings magnificent snow, it also brings a nasty inversion that severely affects the cities air quality.

What exactly is inversion?  There are a few different types of inversion that can occur, and Salt Lake experiences what is called Thermal inversion.  Basically, when the temperature changes in the winter time, the air becomes more still.  Since air does not circulate well around this time of year, it becomes murky because dust and pollutants are no longer lifted from the surface.  And due to the fact that the Salt Lake Valley is surrounded by large mountains, the inversion effect bottle-caps the bad air in the city.

Last year Salt Lake City was ranked 36 for high ozone days out of 277 metropolitan areas.  High Ozone Days simply means days where there are a high number of respiratory irritants in the air.  And for 24-hour particle pollution, Salt Lake City ranked 5 out of 277 metropolitan areas.  Better translated, the air in SLC is extremely polluted.

Along with this nasty air, comes a slew of health problems. People do not realize that the air they breathe every day is filled with toxins.  The following ailments are common effects of bad air quality:

 

 

  • Pediatric and adult Asthma
  • Various respiratory problems
  • Sinus infections/blockages
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Headaches
  • Emphysema
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
In the 3 years that I have been doing bodywork, the number of clients who come with complaints of respiratory and sinus problems heavily increases in the winter months.  The other day I had 4 people call me, inquiring about help for their aching sinuses.  Not coincidentally, this was a very smoggy day.  I have been curious about the effects of SLC’s air on its residents, and its clear that it is very hazardous to health.
If you are experiencing pain or pressure in your sinuses, headaches, wheezing when you breathe, or constant coughing, you are definitely not alone.  People call me with these troubles, feeling disturbed by the sudden onset and seeking relief.  Massage therapy is quite useful for sinus problems.  Draining the sinuses can help to avoid these annoyances and prevent further blockages.  Also, bodywork can help to remove waste from the lungs.  Lymph drainage massage can assist the body in releasing these nasty toxins that build up in our systems during the wintertime.  Call me today @ 801.349.3934 in Salt Lake City, Utah to hear more carcinogenic effects on the body, and how bodywork can get rid of them.  Or come check out my downtown location @ 24 South 600 East in Newport Square.