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Meniere’s disease can cause intense episodes of vertigo that can come without any warning. Meniere’s disease is an inner ear issue that can have the following common symptoms: 

  • Severe vertigo
  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Congestion in the ear

Perhaps one of the worst parts about having Meniere’s disease is the bouts of very intense vertigo that can hit you. Also, Meniere’s disease currently has no known cure. The usual methods used for Meniere’s disease is with medicines for nausea and dizziness. Diuretics can minimize the fluid volume and ear pressure and dietary restrictions for reducing water retention. On the other hand, injections care for extreme cases, and surgery is often the last resort.

Many of Meniere’s disease patients still prefer natural care options. They hope for something that will not just chase after symptoms or cover them up. Fortunately, today, people are given more hope in the form of upper cervical chiropractic.

 

A Promise of Hope Given By Two Upper Cervical Studies

When people become used to the idea of dealing with something incurable, such as Meniere’s disease, they become skeptical when it comes to caring options that seem to work. A debilitating condition such as Meniere’s can make people doubt the possibility of healing. Finding natural and long-term relief can intensely matter. It would explain how so many people have claimed they have tried everything without avail. Yet, some people are still hopeful and open to the idea that there must be a solution to this condition. Perhaps it is out there, just waiting to be discovered. Thankfully, there are answers. Also, there is an emerging link between a specific misalignment in the upper cervical spine and Meniere’s disease.

Case Study #1

This 2010 clinical study involved 139 people who had Meniere’s disease diagnosis. Also, they all received upper cervical chiropractic care following a course program.

  • Each patient underwent comprehensive examinations and detailed case histories. Through investigation, researchers discovered that every patient experienced a form of neck or head injury or trauma before their Meniere’s disease symptoms showed up. Also, some patients had undiagnosed whiplash injuries that happened due to a minor vehicular accident.
  • Also, all 139 patients had a misalignment in their upper cervical spine, specifically in their atlas vertebra (the uppermost region in the neck). Using x-rays, upper cervical chiropractors analyzed the misalignments.
  • Before each patient had their first upper cervical chiropractic adjustment, they completed a questionnaire. They rated their Meniere’s disease symptoms on a scale of 0 (no signs) to 10 (worst actual symptoms). The average rating for vertigo before upper cervical care was 8.5 among the 139 patients.
  • Numerous patients experienced significant improvement in their Meniere’s disease symptoms before leaving the chiropractor’s office after their initial upper cervical adjustment.
  • After evaluating each patient’s needs and misalignments, they received tailored and appropriate upper cervical adjustments to restore their normal atlas alignment and optimum function.
  • After experiencing six weeks of care, the average vertigo rating of 8.5 dropped to a low 3.0.  After one year of follow up, it went down to 2.3, and at a two-year mark, it became 1.4.
  • Other symptoms of patients improved such as nausea and vomiting (lowered from 7.0 to 1.3 after two years)
  • Overall, 136 out of 139 patients (nearly 98%) returned to a much better quality of life. It entailed either significantly improved or with no symptoms at all. They regained their ability to drive a car, have an everyday social life, keep a job, and maintain a very positive relationship with their spouse, friends, and family.

Case Study #2

In a research study in 2016,  doctors documented the fate of 300 Meniere’s disease patients after six years of personalized upper cervical chiropractic care. The results gathered is as promising as the first study that we talked about earlier:

  • Each of the 300 Meniere’s disease patients revealed evidence of an upper cervical misalignment upon their examination.
  • Also, all patients had a history of a whiplash injury.
  • There existed a significant difference for 291 out of the 300 patients. Many did not show any more symptoms of whiplash injury following upper cervical chiropractic care, and those who still had symptoms experienced less severe and fewer Meniere’s attack.

 

Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Meniere’s Disease

After reading the promising results of the two studies above, it would seem easy to see and understand that upper cervical chiropractic care indeed has a strong potential to help those with Meniere’s disease.  The studies revealed two major common threads and discoveries: 

  • Upper Cervical Subluxation

Each individual presented with Meniere’s disease showed a misalignment of their atlas vertebra – the topmost one in the neck. The atlas bone is specifically vulnerable to misaligning because it is the most flexible vertebra in the spine. Also, it lacks the interlocking joints that provide the rest of the spine’s vertebrae with more excellent stability.

  • A History Of Head Or Neck Injury

These injuries may have seemed so minor when they happened (for example, a little bump or fender bender) that you may not have believed it could have compromised your spinal alignment. However, even seemingly minor trauma or injuries can still cause a misalignment of the upper cervical spine. Misalignments in the upper cervical spine can cause various health issues.

If you have Meniere’s disease symptoms, including vertigo attacks, and you can recall any neck or head injury in the past, it would make sense to get your spine examined by an upper cervical chiropractor. If an atlas misalignment is causing or contributing to your Meniere’s symptoms, then we can help deal with this particular root cause and find lasting relief. Find an upper cervical chiropractor nearest you today.

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