A peer-reviewed article was published after an upper cervical chiropractor cared for Meniere’s disease patients over the course of 6 years. Why does upper cervical chiropractic help a problem that doctors have attributed to an inner ear problem for the past century and a half? Here are some things we learned from this extensive research.
How a Cervical Misalignment Can Lead to Meniere’s Disease
Injuries to the upper cervical spine, caused by concussions, whiplash, and other forms of head and neck trauma can affect the inner ear and the central nervous system in ways that cause all of the symptoms of Meniere’s including tinnitus, vertigo, hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness in the affected ear. But why haven’t doctors connected Meniere’s to trauma before?
It would have been more obvious if symptoms began immediately after an injury. Unfortunately, the average amount of time between the injury and the onset of symptoms is about 15 years. Since Meniere’s often begins when a person is middle-aged, very few remember an injury in high school or college that may have caused the underlying problem.
What does an upper cervical subluxation do that results in Meniere’s symptoms?
- Reduces cerebrospinal fluid drainage
- Reduces blood flow to the brain
- Reduces blood flow to the ears
Another factor is that most MRIs are performed with the patient lying down. Such imaging will not usually show cerebrospinal fluid drainage issues. An upright MRI (performed with a standing or seated patient) is required.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Meniere’s Patients
Now that the underlying cause of Meniere’s has been identified, it is easy to see how upper cervical chiropractic can help. By providing a gentle and precise adjustment to the C1 and C2, the underlying problem can be reversed allowing for the proper flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid.
Custom adjustments that correct a patient’s specific misalignment provide safe and effective relief from upper cervical subluxations. This has led to a significant reduction in vertigo and even hearing loss associated with Meniere’s. To learn more, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you.
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