Meniere’s Disease Symptoms; Upper Cervical

Posted in Meniere's Disease on Mar 25, 2019

Every year nearly 45,000 individuals have Meniere’s Disease symptoms currently. Patients who are experiencing a complex of ear-related issues may take years to arrive at a proper diagnosis. Meniere’s disease symptoms range from mild to severe and occur in combination, including:

Every year nearly 45,000 individuals are diagnosed with a condition called Meniere’s Disease. In fact, over 600,000 individuals have Meniere’s symptoms currently. Patients who are experiencing a complex of ear-related issues may take years to arrive at a proper diagnosis. Meniere’s disease symptoms range from mild to severe and occur in combination, including:

Request Appointment

By downloading the ChiroWebMD mobile app you can better control your patient portal.

  • Episodes of vertigo
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Progressive hearing loss
  • Fullness in the ear

Related article

Ménière’s disease cause and chiropractic treatment

Ménière’s disease cause and chiropractic treatment

Jan 16, 2019

The combination and severity of Meniere’s disease symptoms depend on the individual, and current treatment recommendations are mainly palliative rather than curative. Understanding key factors influencing Meniere’s symptoms is essential for addressing root cause issues and obtaining optimal recovery. 

What produces Meniere’s Disease symptoms?

Since Meniere’s Disease symptoms are focused mainly on the body's neurological system and particularly on the structures of the middle and inner ear, understanding the structures involved is essential for identifying potential treatment options.

Related article

Vestibular Disorders Treatment

Vestibular Disorders Treatment

Jul 20, 2015

The inner ear on the left and right sides of the head contains a structure called a vestibular apparatus which works as a three-directional compass to keep your body balanced and within “equilibrium.” These structures contain endolymph, a type of fluid that helps to transmit the sensation of head and neck movements into nerve impulses to the brain.

This information is cross-checked with the visual system (eyes) and structural system (joints and muscles) to keep you balanced in an upright posture. Discrepancies in the information between the left and right sides of the body will confuse the brain about your spatial awareness, resulting in vertigo.

Fullness in the ear is one of the most common Meniere’s Disease symptoms and can be attributed to eustachian tube dysfunction. The eustachian tube is the inner ear canal that helps keep the pressure within the ears equalized. For example, when ascending in an airplane, your ears “pop” when pressure changes occur in the eustachian tube.

This tube is surrounded by muscles that squeeze or release to perform this function. Vital cranial nerves supply the muscles of the eustachian tube called the Vagus Nerve and the Trigeminal Nerve. These nerves start in the brainstem and provide branches to this delicate muscle and middle ear structures and the Vestibulocochlear nerve.

Tinnitus is one of Meniere's first and most common symptoms and involves a high-pitched ringing or a buzzing sound in the ear. This symptom can also be a side effect of sensorineural hearing loss, which means nerve deterioration and subsequent hearing loss.

Now that we’ve identified the structures involved in producing Meniere’s Disease symptoms, we need to consider what they all have in common.

What causes Meniere’s Disease symptoms?

Many authorities lack agreement about the cause of Meniere’s symptoms, and so treatment options are usually focused on symptom alleviation rather than cause eradication. 

A common thread runs through all the Meniere’s Disease symptoms described above – neurological system imbalance or irritation. The body's nervous system consists of the brain, brainstem, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. It is called the nervous system because it is excitable and susceptible. It acts as the body's electrical communicating system and comprises nerve circuits between the brain and body. 

Consider a light flickering in the living room of your house. There are various causes to consider:

  • Is the lightbulb failing? (end of the line)
  • Is the switch in the wall faulty? (middle of the line)
  • Is the electrical circuit from the fuse box malfunctioning? (mainline cause)

Without starting at the fuse box and working down the line, there is always the potential to overlook a more serious and dangerous problem. Simply replacing the lightbulb over and over is futile when the electrical circuit is malfunctioning. 

In the same way, Meniere’s symptoms commonly occur without trauma, damage, or irregularity of the ear structures themselves. These are simply the “end-organ” or “end of the line” symptoms of a malfunctioning circuit in the nervous system. 

If the nervous system is transmitting these Meniere's Disease symptoms, we must then consider how it is negatively affected?

The Most Commonly Overlooked Cause of Meniere’s Disease Symptoms

Advances in chiropractic care have identified the often-overlooked cause of Meniere’s Disease symptoms in many individuals: whiplash injuries to the cervical spine. The cervical spine is the neck portion of the spine that supports the head and provides a great deal of mobility (twisting, turning, bending).

The upper cervical spine is the most mobile and susceptible to injury. This spine area also shares direct attachments to sensitive nervous system structures, including the brainstem, cervical spinal cord, and spinal canal. Disruptions of the alignment and mechanics in the upper cervical spine produce local irritation and inflammation commonly associated with the nerves that are affected in Meniere’s Disease symptoms. 

Displacements of the upper cervical spine occur through falls, car accidents, sports injuries, or concussions. Many patients who are experiencing Meniere’s Disease symptoms have a history of these types of injuries. While not a big deal at first, if left uncorrected, these injuries have compounding effects that worsen with time. For example, is it not uncommon for patients with Meniere’s Disease symptoms to have a whiplash injury 10-15 before the gradual onset of their symptoms. 

How do I fix these problems?

The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic approach is uniquely designed to identify and correct improper structural alignment of the cervical spine. Blair Upper Cervical chiropractors can identify structural displacements, nerve irritation, and body imbalance secondary to trauma through diagnostic testing. Many patients with Meniere’s Disease symptoms have found lasting relief by addressing the structural injuries underlying their nervous system symptoms. 

To consult with a qualified Blair Upper Cervical chiropractor near you, complete a request for a consultation or search our directory of Doctors.

Leave a comment