Meniere's Disease and Vertigo Treatment
through Upper Cervical Chiropractic
I’m going to share a little known fact with you today. Most medical doctors don’t know about this. Not even neurologists know about this and they are the ones that normally treat these conditions. Unfortunately, most of the people that suffer from this also don’t know about it. The fact is, Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractors successfully treat Meniere’s Disease and vertigo. I have treated many patients with these problems ranging from slight dizziness to severe vertigo and vomiting.
What is a Blair Upper Cervical doctor?
Blair Upper Cervical doctors are chiropractors with special training. If you were to think of general chiropractors as the orthopedists of the chiropractic world, you could then consider Blair Upper Cervical doctors to be the neurologists in chiropractic. Our main focus is on balancing the nervous system. We don’t twist and pop the neck. In fact, the upper neck is adjusted with a very light touch. This is made possible through a deep understanding of the physics of the upper neck bones. Through precise x-rays we are able to visualize small misalignments in between the first vertebra (atlas) and the base of the skull. This is the doorway between the brain and body. When that relationship is in proper alignment you will find better balance in the nervous system.
How is the upper neck related to an inner ear problem?
At the base of your brain is your brainstem. This is considered by many to be your lifeline. The brainstem controls lung function, heart function, muscle tone throughout your whole body and so much more. Without it, you would not be alive. One of the nerves that leaves from your brainstem is your vestibulocochlear nerve. This is the nerve that comes back up into the skull and feeds your ear to help you hear and keep your balance. Now, here’s the interesting thing…your atlas sits right there next to your brainstem. If your atlas is misaligned it is documented that it puts pressure on your brainstem and it’s function. In other words, an upper neck misalignment can cause problems with the nerve that controls your balance.
What causes Meniere’s Disease?
I’ll start with a study from the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 2000; 30 (12) titled Cervicogenic Dizziness: A Review of Diagnosis and Treatment. Here is a quote: "Cervicogenic dizziness is most often associated with flexion-extension injuries and has been reported in patients with severe cervical arthritis, herniated cervical disks, and head trauma." In other words, with a head or neck trauma your neck can misalign and cause dizziness. Another study by Bogduk, a well-known chiropractic author of many studies reported that monkeys injected with anaesthetic into dorsal roots of upper cervical vertebrae to C3 had balance problems. In other words, the nervous system in the upper neck is highly related to our balance.
The medical community currently believes Meniere’s disease is caused from an overproduction of fluid in the inner ear. That could very well be the case too. However, what is causing the body to act in this way is the thing that I specialize in. Consider this, every cell in your body from head to toe is connected to your brain through nerves. If there’s a disruption in that nerve pathway the body will not function at it’s highest level. This could cause the body to act in a way that it shouldn’t.
I would like to offer a free consultation if you are one who suffers from vertigo or Meniere’s. This will help us determine if Blair Upper Cervical care is right for you.
Jeffrey Jensen, DC