Tinnitus refers to a ringing, buzzing, whistling, or rushing sound in the ear. “Do you hear that ringing sound, or is it just me?” If you find yourself asking this question (even if you don’t ask out loud), the problem could be tinnitus.
We will address the answers to these questions and more in our article.
Tinnitus is a symptom of other conditions rather than a condition all by itself. Sometimes it may be a temporary experience. If you’ve ever been to a rock concert, you probably experienced tinnitus afterward. However, for many people, tinnitus becomes a chronic issue. In such cases, the following tinnitus causes may play a role:
As you can see, the neck is one of the main players when it comes to tinnitus. Let’s take a closer look at the structures of the neck that can lead to tinnitus and how they relate to a number of the causes noted above.
The top bone in the neck, located right at the base of the skull, is called the atlas (C1 vertebra). This bone is positioned almost directly between the ears and jaw joints. As a result, everything in this part of the body can be affected by even the slightest misalignment. That’s why ear and jaw problems often go together, and why many who suffer from these issues may also have neckaches.
For one thing, a misaligned atlas can affect the structures of the ear. The eustachian tubes, in particular, play a vital role. These tubes drain away excess fluid from the ears so they can drain harmlessly. However, if tube function is inhibited, fluid can build up and lead to tinnitus. Therefore, even when ringing in the ears is caused by a blockage, the problem may still be in the neck.
Additionally, aspirin or anti-inflammatories may be suggested for chronic neck pain. If the neck pain is relieved, the medications that are potentially causing the tinnitus would no longer be necessary, so this is a second connection between the neck and causes of buzzing in the ears.
Third, upper cervical chiropractic (upper neck specialist) can help relieve hypertension. This has been shown in clinical studies. Thus, upper cervical relief comes to the rescue again when it comes to the underlying causes of tinnitus. This isn’t about treating symptoms but about relieving the source of the problem.
Meniere’s disease is another condition that can be helped by correcting upper cervical issues. In one study that involved 139 Meniere’s patients, upper cervical chiropractic improved symptoms significantly for all but 3 of those in the study (and those three quit after just 6 weeks).
Finally, we come to head and neck injuries. This type of trauma can easily cause an upper neck misalignment. As a result, it makes senses that relieving the misalignment can help to improve the symptoms that set in following the injury. Tinnitus is just one of the many symptoms that can present after a concussion, whiplash, or other head or neck injury. Other symptoms include headaches, migraines, vertigo, dizziness, neck pain, and more.
It is clear then that tinnitus suffers should seek an examination of the upper cervical spine (upper neck). If an atlas misalignment exists, this could be the major underlying factor in the occurrence of the buzzing, ringing, or whistling sound that you are contending with. What does upper cervical chiropractic care involve?
If you are suffering from tinnitus, it just makes sense to give this natural and effective form of care a try. Contact a practitioner in your area today to schedule an examination. If a misalignment is detected, you may have just found the natural way to long-lasting relief.
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