Meniere’s disease impacts over 600,000 people across the United States with an estimated 45,500 new cases diagnosed each year. There are four signs that are commonly looked at as hallmarks of Meniere’s disease:
- Hearing loss
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- A feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear
The symptoms of Meniere’s disease come about due to the buildup of excess fluid, called endolymph, within the inner ear. This fluid buildup interferes with the signals that travel between the inner ear and the brain that carry messages about balance and hearing. This is when the hallmark symptoms of Meniere’s disease mentioned above occur.
What’s the connection with the neck?
The vertebrae in your spine protect perhaps the most vital organ in your body – the spinal cord. Your spinal cord and nerves are the pathways along which messages travel relaying critical information between the brain and all parts of your body. Distortions and disruptions of these messages, as is seen with Meniere’s disease, occur when one or more vertebrae shift out of their normal alignment. The area of the spine that has the most dramatic impact when a misalignment occurs is the upper cervical area, or the topmost vertebra in the neck.
The atlas vertebra, which sits just beneath the skull, can shift out of normal alignment following an injury, a car accident, or from daily wear and tear leading to the symptoms of Meniere’s. A study of 139 patients with Meniere’s disease showed that 136 of them experienced a significant reduction in their symptoms after upper cervical treatment to correct their atlas misalignments.
At Precision Spinal Care, our goal is to detect and correct specific atlas misalignments so that our patients can regain their quality of life. If Meniere’s disease symptoms are preventing you from functioning normally, upper cervical chiropractic may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Burcon M. Upper Cervical Specific Protocol and Results for 139 Patients with Medically Diagnosed Meniere’s disease. J Vert Sublux Res. 2010 Nov 14;1-10.