Each year thousands of people are affected by a condition known as Meniere’s disease. This is considered an idiopathic condition, meaning modern science does not know what causes this to occur, though several hypotheses exist. The disease is characterized by tinnitus (ringing in the ear), hearing loss, and episodes of severe vertigo (often accompanied by nausea and vomiting).
Upper cervical chiropractors have been helping people with Meniere’s for quite some time. One doctor in Michigan estimates that roughly 90% of all cases respond favorably to this type of care.
In our office, through the use of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) system of analysis, we have witnessed firsthand many individuals make a full recovery.
Medical doctors will typically treat this condition with some type of anti-nausea medication, steroid injections, and possibly diuretics to help lower the level of fluids retained by the body. Other methods of treatment include hearing aids, devices for ear pressure regulation, rehab and surgery.
Upper cervical chiropractors will take a much different approach, focusing on how the skull, along with the first and second vertebrae are aligned in relation to your neural canal (spinal cord). If a misalignment is present, we would perform a highly specific, painless adjustment, using about the same amount of pressure/force someone would use while taking a pulse.
When an individual begins care in our office with Meniere’s disease, there a few things they can typically expect to occur. The symptoms usually get worse before they get better. This can be a scary experience, especially if the vertigo leaves them unable to perform normal daily activities. Tinnitus levels become altered. Some have reported that the ringing becomes more of a reverberating sensation. In most cases, this would only last a few days, though for some it may take several weeks.
Though we cannot say for certain why many individuals with Meniere’s disease recover while undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care, what we can say is that often times they do. If you or someone you know is currently struggling with this disease, we highly encourage you to take a look into finding an upper cervical chiropractor in your area. A good place to begin your search would be at http://www.upcspine.com/.
Dr. Andrew R. Burns