Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It causes such symptoms as dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), a full feeling in the ears, and possible hearing loss. It generally occurs in adults age 40 – 60. It affects up to 15.3 out of every 100,000 humans.

How Is It Treated?

Most medical doctors will recommend prescription medicines, injections, or even surgery. But many wonder if there is a less invasive treatment that actually works?

Upper cervical chiropractic care has been an area that has seen much success in treating Meniere’s disease. Many upper cervical chiropractors are specially trained in the NUCCA technique. Using this technique, the pressure being put on your nervous system from a misalignment in your upper neck can be removed. This has helped many Meniere’s patients find relief. It is safe, gentle, non-invasive, and can produce long-lasting results.

Let’s look a little deeper into how this all works. The main focus is being put on the area of the brainstem called the reticular formation. This is in the upper cervical area and is important when it comes to regulating things such as sleep, heart, and respiratory function. It also has a vital role in how the eyes perceive things and how the body reacts to that perception. The reticular formation works along with the vestibular nuclei to help a person maintain their upright posture. All these signals work with your brain to help you move. If these signals are disrupted because of a misalignment in the upper spine it can result in dizzy spells and vertigo. However, once this misalignment is corrected, proper function of the brainstem and nervous system can resume and can possibly help alleviate the symptoms of Meniere’s disease.

Studies have been conducted that reveal improvement in patients with vertigo when they have been treated by an upper cervical chiropractor. Why not call us today for an assessment?

References: 

  1. Semaan, MT. Megerian, CA. Meniere’s Disease: A Challenging and Relentless Disorder. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 44 (2011) 383-403. Web. Accessed on 1 July 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21474013>.  Volume 44 pages 383-403
  2. Purves. D, Augustine, GJ. Fitzpatrick, D. Motor Control Centers in the Brainstem: Upper Motor Neurons That Maintain Balance and Posture. Neuroscience 2nd Edition. 2001. Web. Accessed 1 July 2015. < http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11081/>.
  3. Meniere’s disease. National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. July 2010. Web. Accessed on 1 July 2015. <http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/balance/pages/meniere.aspx>.
  4. Elster, EL. Sixty Patients with Chronic Vertigo Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Retrospective Analysis.  Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. Novemeber 2006. Web. Accessed 1 July 2015. < http://www.erinelster.com/files/vertigo.pdf>.

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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.healthedgela.com