Vertigo or Meniere’s Disease

Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic help with vertigo and Meniere’s disease?

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Evidence has been found linking Upper Cervical misalignments with vertigo and Meniere’s disease. There have been several reports documenting physiological improvements in patients with Meniere’s disease managed with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care has been shown to reduce the structural shifts that obstruct the function of the nerves associated with misalignments in the upper cervical spine and can help those suffering with Meniere’s disease and vertigo.

REF: Reduction of Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease & Trigeminal Neuralgia Following Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic Care: A Case Study. Joshua Grey, DC & Rebecca Ellis, DC. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ Volume, 2019.

What is Meniere’s Disease?

Meniere’s disease is a chronic disease of the inner ear characterized by vertigo (severe dizzy spells), low frequency hearing loss, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Other symptoms may include a feeling of fullness in one or both ears and nausea. These symptoms can lead to sudden unexpected falls (drop attacks), which are especially of concern in elderly populations.

What Causes Meniere’s Disease?

Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear thought to be caused by an increase in pressure in the endolymphatic system. This increase of pressure causes an abnormal amount of fluid in the ear which ultimately affects balance. Additionally, the increase in pressure can contribute to hearing loss.

How is Meniere’s Disease Diagnosed?

Meniere’s disease is diagnosed by a medical professional and includes the following:

  • Two episodes of vertigo (each lasting 20 minutes or longer)
  • Hearing loss as verified by a hearing test
  • Tinnitus or a feeling of fullness in one or both ears
  • Ruling out other causes of vertigo

How is Meniere’s Disease Treated?

Treatment of Meniere’s disease includes dietary changes, medication, surgery, steroid injections, chiropractic care, and/or a hearing aid. Dietary changes, such as a low sodium diet, are the most widely accepted and used method for managing this disease. It is also recommended to avoid caffeine, smoking, alcohol and large quantities of chocolate because these are known to exacerbate the symptoms.

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How Common is Meniere’s Disease?

Meniere’s disease can occur at any age, however the prevalence increases with age peaking between 40-60 years of age. Risk factors include having a family history of Meniere’s disease, preexisting autoimmune disorders, allergies, and trauma to the head, neck, and/or ear.