Ménière's Disease is a complex condition involving a number ofsymptoms that vary depending on the individual. More than 200,000cases of Ménière’s Disease are diagnosedeach year based on clinical presentation, but the causes ofMénière’s disease are not well understood by most doctors. Thismakes it difficult for patients suffering with Ménière’s Disease tofind the appropriate treatment.
In its typical presentation, Ménière’s Disease symptoms involvevertigo and inner ear problems. Vertigo is the abnormal sensationof “the room spinning” which can also involve nausea, vomiting, andbalance issues in severe episodes. Inner ear problems associatedwith Ménière’s Disease typically involve only one ear and include acombination of symptoms including fullness of the ear, tinnitus(ringing or static sound in the ear), and progressive hearing loss.Depending on the individual, the combination of symptoms will varyin intensity, though frequent episodes usually include both vertigoand inner ear symptoms.
Ménière’s Disease in adults is conventionally treated withprescription drugs focused on symptom reduction, dietarymodification including low sodium and caffeine elimination, andoccasionally vestibular rehabilitation for vertigo related balance issues. With conventional Ménière’sDisease treatment, the prognosis of recovery is minimal.
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Dr. Michael Burcon has discovered that one of the primaryMénière’s Disease causes that is commonly overlooked in acomprehensive approach to treatment is an injury to the cervicalspine, which is the neck region of the spine. In working withhundreds of Ménière’s Disease patients from all over the world, Dr.Burcon has consistently found that when the neck-related issues areaddressed, patients suffering with Ménière’s Disease often recover.Dr. Burcon’s specialized protocol for addressing these issuesinvolves a specialized chiropractic approach called Blair UpperCervical chiropractic.
The Blair Upper Cervical chiropractic approach operates withinscientific principles of health, healing, and normal physiology. Itis well established that structure determines function, and thehuman body is no different. The spine consists of 24 movablesegments and performs several vital functions for the body; astructural support and base of movement for the limbs, and to houseand protect the central nervous system. The central nervous systemincludes the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord and serves as the “fiberoptic” communication system of the body. The key function of thecentral nervous system is to detect and adapt to changes in theinternal and external environments of the body. The perform thesefunctions optimally, the central nervous system must remain free ofobstruction and insult.
The upper cervical spine (upper neck) is the region of the spinemost closely associated with vital central nervous systemstructures including the brainstem and cervical spinal cord. Thebrainstem acts like a switchboard operator by relaying informationfrom the body to the appropriate region of the brain forprocessing. Central nervous system imbalance can lead to adisruption or distortion of these nerve circuits ultimatelyresulting in body system disturbances. These disturbances over timelead to the onset of symptoms.
Ménière’s Disease involves a host of symptoms that can be tracedback to the central nervous system structures of the brainstemincluding the cranial nerves, superior cervical ganglion, C1 and C2spinal nerve roots, and rectus capitis posterior minor (a smallmuscle of the upper neck with a myodural bridge that attaches itdirectly to the spinal cord in the upper neck).
With proper mechanical alignment, the upper cervical spineperforms safe movement throughout a wide range of motion andtransmits no tension or irritation to the central nervous system.When an injury occurs to the upper cervical spine, abnormalmechanics leads to local irritation, inflammation, and centralnervous system disturbance. Upper cervical subluxation is the termused to describe the complex structural and functional issuesrelated to these injuries.
Upper cervical subluxations can be caused by forces that damage thesoft connective tissues of the upper neck including slips andfalls, whiplash injuries, blows to the head, sports collisions, andmore. Arthur Croft, the leading expert on whiplash injuries frommotor vehicle accidents, describes the “acceleration/deceleration”injury that occurs when a forceful change of direction of the headand neck produces damage in supporting ligaments and tissues of thecervical spine.
Clinical research has found that many Ménière’s Disease patientshave experienced these types of injuries in the past, whichunfortunately are overlooked in many cases. A comprehensiveunderstanding of the causes of Ménière’s Disease must, therefore,include an exploration of structural insult to the upper cervicalspine and subsequent nervous system imbalance. Dr. Burcon’sresearch with whiplash injuries and one-sided neurologicaldisorders such as Ménière’s Disease confirmed that structuralinjury and neurological insult are strongly correlated with theonset of Ménière’s Disease and its progression.
Blair Upper Cervical chiropractors are uniquely trained andqualified to detect and correct upper cervical subluxation safely,effectively, and conservatively. The Blair Upper Cervical adjustingprocedures focus on restoring alignment and mechanics of the uppercervical spine while relieving central nervous system irritationand imbalance, all without twisting, popping, or cracking the neckor back. This is an important feature for patients suffering withthe discomfort of vertigo in Ménière’s Disease.
Request a consultation with a Blair Upper Cervical chiropracticDoctor to determine if an upper cervical subluxation iscontributing to the progression of your Ménière’s Disease symptoms.If it is determined that Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic is apotential solution for you, an individualized plan of correctionwill be developed to help you feel and function at yourbest.