Meniere’s Disease: How Effective is Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care?


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.

Neck Injury and Meniere's Disease

If you've experienced an accident injuring your neck, it can influence the symptoms of your Meniere's Disease. Trauma to the neck can result in a misalignment of your C1 and C2 vertebrae, leading to pressure on the brainstem and subsequent dysfunction of important bodily functions.

Your stressed brainstem can affect the communication of your brain and body and transmit distorted messages that can lead to different symptoms and health issues, including those commonly associated with Meniere's disease. This may include vertigo, dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing loss.

Neck injuries, including whiplash and other forms of trauma, can trigger Meniere's disease in some individuals. So if you have experienced neck injury or any accident or trauma that hurt you in the neck and head, it's best to seek prompt evaluation from a qualified healthcare provider, including an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, to prevent potential long-term consequences.

How do you fix C1 and C2 misalignment?

If you've experienced an accident or injury that has resulted in a misalignment of your C1 and C2 vertebrae, you can explore Upper Cervical Care to correct the problem and alleviate associated symptoms such as those found in Meniere's disease.

Upper Cervical Care focuses on the alignment, balance, and overall health of your C1 and C2 upper cervical spine. Gentle and precise adjustments can restore the proper alignment of these bones and aid in the proper function of your nervous system by relieving the pressure on your brainstem. This can help alleviate symptoms such as dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing loss associated with Meniere's disease.

So if you have experienced an accident or injury that could have resulted in such a misalignment, you must take action today and book an appointment with an upper cervical chiropractor to begin your journey toward healing and recovery.

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