Naturally Relieving Pressure in the Ears and Head

Pressure in the ears and head

In order to understand how to relieve pressure in the ears and head, it is vital to understand what causes this pressure to occur. In our article today, we will take a closer look at the results of this unwanted pressure, which many times leads to other symptoms. Then we will talk about the possible causes of pressure in the ears and head. Finally, we will conclude by introducing you to a natural solution that offers fast relief, maximum recovery, and long-lasting results for many people who are suffering with pressure in the ears and head. 

What May Cause Pressure in the Ears and Head? 

Pressure in the ears and head is regulated by means of tiny tubes called the eustachian tubes. These allow excess fluid to drain away from the ears and keep air pressure from being trapped inside the canals of the inner ear. When the eustachian tubes are working correctly, the pressure should never build up to the point of going pressure in the ears and head and other symptoms. So what can block these tubes and increase this pressure?

It could be something temporary. For example, sudden changes in elevation can increase pressure, such as driving up or down a steep hill or when you are ascending or descending in an aircraft. A sinus or respiratory condition can also create the inflammation that blocks this tube from draining the ears properly. After an illness, your inner ear may become swollen, or you may even have swelling in the vestibular nerve that carries information from the ear to the brain. 

On the other hand, there may be long term problems that cause this pressure to recur. What could put pressure on the eustachian tubes and cause long-term issues that lead to pressure in the ears and head happening over and over again? One possibility is an misalignment in the upper neck caused by accidents and injuries to the head and neck from your past.

This can affect the eustachian tubes simply because of the proximity and the changes that take place when the top bones in the neck are misaligned. This misalignment in the upper neck cannot only lead to pressure in the ears and head but also can lead to conditions like vertigo, dizziness or disequilibrium.

How Pressure in the Ears and Head Leads to Vertigo 

Vertigo happens in one of two ways. Either your brain misunderstands the signals coming from the ears or the ears send the wrong messages. When the problem is in the mind, it is called central vertigo. When the problem is in the ears, it is called peripheral vertigo. This second type is more common and is the one we are discussing today. So how does pressure lead to vertigo?

Pressure in the ears and head are often the result of an excess of a fluid called endolymph. Endolymphatic fluid in the inner ear allows you to maintain your sense of balance and to know where your body is in relation to your surroundings. However, when pressure builds up due to too much fluid or for other reasons, vertigo is the result. 

One of the most common ways that this fluid can build up his results of misalignments in the upper neck leading to issues with eustachian tube draining.

Upper Cervical Misalignments and Your Ears 

The upper cervical spine consists of the C1 and C2 vertebrae located at the base of the skull, almost directly between the ears. These bones both balance the head and provide it with more than half of its range of motion. Therefore, if even the slightest of misalignments occur, the body gets to work correcting the problem. This usually means changes in the surrounding soft tissue that keep the head on straight. Unfortunately, these changes can affect other surrounding soft tissue. 

For example, it may affect the tiny eustachian tubes that are supposed to be draining fluid away from the ears. As a result, you may become more prone to pressure in the ears and head. That pressure, in turn, causes frequent episodes of vertigo or other problems such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear), hearing loss, or just the feeling that your ear is stopped up. If you're experiencing all three of the symptoms you may have been diagnosed with Ménière's Disease. How can you correct the underlying problem and get your ears to release pressure properly again?

Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo 

Upper cervical specific chiropractic involves precise measurements and calculations so as to provide gentle adjustments of the C1 and C2. Once these misalignments are corrected, the surrounding soft tissue can stabilize. This may lead to the removal of the blockage affecting the eustachian tubes.

Pressure in the ears and head

Research Involving Pressure in the Ears and Head

The relationship between upper cervical chiropractic care and pressure in the ears and head as it relates to conditions such as high blood pressure, Ménière's disease, vertigo, or tinnitus has been explored in various research articles and case studies.

Here are some relevant findings:

  1. Improvement in Blood Pressure Values Following Specific Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of Literature - This case study and review of literature, published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, discusses the effects of upper cervical chiropractic care on blood pressure values.
  2. 139 People Diagnosed with Ménière's Disease Who Saw Improvements with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care - A study of 139 people diagnosed with Ménière's disease observed a connection between the disease and a specific misalignment in the upper cervical spine
  3. Promising Results Were Reported in a Six-Year Study of 300 Ménière's Disease Patients - Additionally, a case report published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine suggested that upper cervical chiropractic care may be beneficial in helping patients with Ménière's disease. Furthermore, upper cervical care is noted to address the spinal trauma that can lead to Ménière's disease, and specific chiropractic procedures have been associated with improvements in patients with the condition.
  4. Neck pain and disability outcomes following chiropractic upper cervical care: a retrospective case series - This retrospective case series investigates the use of an upper cervical low-force chiropractic procedure in the management of neck pain and disability, providing insights into the impact on patient outcomes.
  5. A Case of Post-Traumatic Meniere's Disease - This case report describes a case of post-traumatic Meniere's disease and the clinical significance of this condition. It discusses the patient's symptoms, treatment, and clinical improvement.

These resources provide insights into the potential effects of upper cervical chiropractic care on conditions that involve pressure in the ears and head such as high blood pressure, Ménière's disease, vertigo, and tinnitus.

If you are experiencing recurring pressure in the ears and head, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, we encourage you to find an upper cervical specialist near you. It may be just what you need to get on the path to long-term healing.

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