What Ménière’s Disease Is?
Can a Chiropractor Help?
Ménière’s (say “men-YEERS”) Disease is an inner ear problem that affects your hearing and balance. The disease usually occurs in people ages 40 to 60. It affects both men and women. Children also can have Ménière’s Disease.
The cause of Ménière’s Disease is not known. It may be related to fluids that build up in the inner ear. Ménière’s Disease can cause symptoms that come on quickly. During a Ménière’s Disease attack, you may have:
• Tinnitus, a low roaring, ringing, or hissing in your ear
• Hearing loss, which may be temporary or permanent
• Vertigo, the feeling that you or your surroundings are spinning
• A feeling of pressure or fullness in your ear
An attack can last from hours to days. Most people have repeated attacks over a period of years. Attacks usually become more frequent during the first few years of the disease and then come less often after that.
To diagnose the disease, your doctor will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your past health. Hearing tests or other tests, such as an MRI, may be done to make sure you don’t have other conditions.
There are no known medical cures for Ménière’s Disease, and treatment helps control your symptoms, such as vertigo. Medicines for the inner ear may be used to reduce the spinning feeling of Vertigo. Other medicines may help the nausea or vomiting caused by Vertigo.
Some people may be able to have fewer attacks by:
• Eating a low-salt diet.
• Using medicines (diuretics) to get rid of extra fluids.
• Doing exercises to improve balance.
• Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and stress.
Doctors sometimes use surgery to relieve the symptoms of Ménière’s disease. But surgery can damage your hearing, so it is usually used only after other treatments have not worked.
How the Pierce Clinic of Chiropractic Can Help
The Pierce Clinic of Chiropractic uses a revolutionary healthcare procedure called the Advanced Orthogonal technique. This procedure identifies subtle misalignments of the top vertebrae in the neck, and corrects them using a percussion-wave adjustment. Due to the proximity of these bones to the brain stem area, this procedure can help with a wide variety of conditions.
The common link among all of the symptoms of Ménière’s Disease (Tinnitus, loss of hearing, pressure in the ears, and Vertigo) is a structure called the Vestubulocochlear nerve. This nerve originates in the brainstem and is responsible for processing hearing and balance information. Dysfunction to this nerve can lead to any or all of the above symptoms.
Not only is the Upper Cervical spine in close proximity to these structures, but it is also directly involved in balance as well. A 1998 study from the Cranio journal found a very high association between dysfunction of the Upper Cervical spine and the diagnosis of Ménière’s disease. Because of these correlations, many patients with Ménière’s disease and similar symptoms have showed tremendous symptomatic relief from Advanced Orthogonal care at the Pierce Clinic of Chiropractic.
In fact, a 2008 study in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research found that 10 out of 10 cases of Ménière’s disease showed symptomatic improvement or total resolution during a period of Upper Cervical chiropractic care.
To book a free consultation with our experienced chiropractors in our clinic in St Petersburg and see how they can help you, please call 727-528-8700.
Pubmed: Cervical signs and symptoms in patients with Meniere’s disease: a controlled study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9852812
Dr. Michael Burcon: Upper Cervical Protocol to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation in Ten Subjects with Meniere’s: A Case Series.
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