Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear and comes along with a variety of debilitating symptoms. This condition can affect one’s day to day living. Symptoms include:
- Ringing in the ears (called tinnitus)
- Dizziness or vertigo
- A feeling of fullness in the affected ear
- Hearing loss
This can last for 20 minutes to an hour or can go on for a few days. It generally affects those in the age range of 20-50 years old. The cause is uncertain but is more-than-likely due to improper levels of fluid in the inner ear. This is one area of the body the controls a person’s balance. Medical doctors may suggest a number of different areas of care that focus on controlling the symptoms. These may include:
- A low-salt diet to reduce fluid
- Injections to the inner ear
- Painkillers or anti-vertigo medications
The success rates of these vary greatly. However, getting to the root cause can bring about longer lasting effects. Studies have revealed that there is a great probability that Meniere’s disease is related to a misalignment of the upper neck vertebrae, particularly the C1 and C2. One study conducted by Professor Hulse from Heidelberg University discovered that out 259 patients diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, all had sustained some kind of injury to the neck or head in the past. Another study of 62 patients revealed that hearing problems related to Meniere’s could be taken care of by chiropractic care.
Hope for Meniere’s Sufferers
Upper cervical chiropractic care, the specialty practiced here at Advanced Spinal Care, has been successful in helping Meniere’s patients find some relief in case studies. We have been trained to find specific problems of the upper neck bones and they employ a gentle method to help move the bones back to their original place. This helps the body to function better overall and has been effective in helping those with Meniere’s disease.