When vertigo becomes a common occurrence, the first thing to consider is what other symptoms are accompanying it. For example, does your hearing get worse during the vertigo attack, possibly completely going out in one ear? Is vertigo accompanied by tinnitus (a loud ringing or roaring sound in the ear)? If the room feels like it is spinning for several hours and is accompanied by these other symptoms, then Meniere’s disease may be the source of the problem.
What Is Meniere’s Disease?
Unfortunately, this rare vestibular condition may frequently go undiagnosed simply because it is not well understood in the medical community. It is a problem of the vestibular system that springs from an excess of fluid in one ear. However, researchers rarely comment on what causes one ear to have this excess fluid. Instead, the focus is placed on treating symptoms, often by providing a water pill or recommending a low-salt diet to reduce fluid retention.
One upper cervical chiropractor came up with a different idea. After noticing that Meniere’s often begins about 10 to 15 years following a neck injury, such as whiplash, he used gentle adjustments to correct tiny misalignments in the C1 vertebra. The results? 97% of the 300 patients saw a dramatic reduction in symptoms, especially vertigo severity.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo
As a result, it has been postulated that the upper cervical misalignment gradually causes a lesion to form on the Eustachian tube. This tube is responsible for draining fluid from the ear. Thus, fluid is retained in one ear, and the one-sided symptoms of Meniere’s begin to occur. Since it takes years for this process to happen, doctors and patients alike rarely connect the present symptoms to the past injury.
Upper cervical chiropractors use gentle and precise adjustments to correct misalignments of the top vertebra of the spine, which happens to be in very close proximity to the ears. With this misalignment corrected, the body has the chance to heal, and symptoms that are related to the injury may clear up over time.