Sinus irrigation actually is pretty soothing. The warm, saline solution really helps reduce the congestion, inflammation, swelling and related head pain. If you can spare the money and have suffered for years, the SinuPulse irrigator is really worth the investment. I used a Neti Pot for years before getting the electronic nasal irrigator (affectionally called my NosePik). I never had the success with regular nasal cleansing as I am having with the SinuPulse. But then again, I have a severe problem. Most others I've talked to do great with a Neti Pot. Good Luck!