Smyrna Chiropractic Approach Helps Those Suffering with Ménière’s Disease
Meniere’s disease (also known as endolymphatic hydrops) can be incredibly debilitating. Active attacks can rob you of your ability to be productive. It can be difficult to describe your symptoms to your loved ones. Most Meniere’s attacks last from 1-6 hours. Meniere’s disease is made up of 3 components: (1)
- Severe vertigo – this may be accompanied by nausea
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Hearing loss
Daily management of Meniere’s includes a reduction in sodium and limiting caffeine intake. Medical management includes prescriptions aimed at reducing fluid in the inner ear and reducing nerve signals coming from your inner ear’s balance center. If medication alone fails to provide relief, there are surgical options. (1) While these treatments may help reduce symptoms, they do not address a potential root cause of Meniere’s.
Your Neck and Meniere’s
Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord carries messages to and from your brain. When the top bone in your neck (atlas) is misaligned, this can create pressure within your spinal cord at the base of your neck. This can affect messages going to and from your brainstem, potentially leading to vertigo and other Meniere’s symptoms.
Dr. Parkerson is trained in Orthospinology, a gentle chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very precise technique. Through specific realignment of the atlas, the pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of Meniere’s symptoms.
Jones et al. reported a case study of a 52-year-old male with Meniere’s disease. This patient had tinnitus and fullness in his left ear during his Meniere’s attacks. He reported having a 60% reduction of his symptoms after 4 atlas corrections over the course of 5 weeks. (2)
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1. Lustig L. Meniere Disease – Ear Nose and Throat Disorders [Internet]. Merck Manuals Consumer Version. 2015 [cited 17 November 2015]. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/ear-nose-and-throat-disorders/inner-ear-disorders/meniere-disease
2. Jones M, Salminen B. Meniere’s Disease Symptomatology Resolution with Specific Upper Cervical Care. J Upp Cerv Chiro Res [Internet]. 2012 [cited 17 November 2015];2012(March):31-39.