Meniere’s disease is a debilitating condition that negatively affects the vestibular system, which is responsible for balance and coordination. The four major symptoms of Meniere’s disease are:
A feeling of fullness in the affected ear due to changes in fluid.
Ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus, that can range from mild to severe.
Hearing loss that may seem to come and go as the condition progresses and may become permanent.
A feeling that the person or the things around him are spinning, referred to as vertigo, possibly accompanied by unsteadiness, nausea, and vomiting.
The reason for Meniere’s disease has to do with an imbalance within the inner ear. This can be caused by chemical changes, fluid build-up, or the amount of pressure in the ear. Recent research has revealed that Meniere’s is connected to other conditions that result from a reduction in the flow of blood to the brain, such as migraine headaches. Knowing this helps in finding a solution to the problem of Meniere’s. It comes down to knowing why blood flow is being restricted and looking to correct that underlying condition.
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Helping Those Suffering from Meniere’s Disease
Upper cervical chiropractors have seen much success in helping those with Meniere’s disease to find relief. Often, the reason for insufficient blood flow to the brain has to do with a misalignment in the upper bones of the neck, particularly the C1 or C2 vertebra. A misalignment in this area can also impact the function of the nervous system because it can place undue pressure on the brainstem.
At Arete chiropractic, we use the Blair technique to move the vertebrae back into place naturally. Once this is done, blood flow can return to normal and, often, this is all that is required to see a significant reduction in the disabling symptoms of Meniere’s disease.
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