Recent research reporting on a 64-year-old woman who was suffering from Meniere’s Disease reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in caring for people with this condition. The research reported in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research showed improvements in Meniere’s Disease after chiropractic adjustments to the upper part of the neck.
“Research is revealing that there is a relationship between structural abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and brain” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.
Research has shown not only that the brain relies on normal structural integrity and joint movement, but that complex neurological communication and pathways involved in helping humans balance and orient themselves in space are tied into spinal biomechanics and their related neurological pathways.
“It makes perfect sense when you think about it” stated Dr. McCoy. “Meniere’s disease may be related to how the entire body communicates with the brain and the most critical area for this is the spine and the most critical area of the spine is the upper part of the neck.”
The 64-year-old woman in this study had Meniere’s disease and anxiety. She had arm weakness, ear irritation, giddiness, neck and jaw clicking with pain, stiffness, and sciatica. She feels like a bad cold brought on the Meniere’s disease years ago. Each episode included symptoms of severe vertigo, dizziness, nausea, visual disturbances, hearing loss, and fullness in the ear. These episodes would last six to eight hours. She tried different therapies, journaling, and medications which only provided temporary relief.
The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her upper neck. She had postural changes and tight muscles in her neck. X-rays and other testing confirmed these findings. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following upper cervical chiropractic care, her Meniere’s disease improved dramatically. She immediately felt like her head was clear after the first adjustment. She only journaled about one episode over the course of care. Her Meniere’s related symptoms improved and allowed her to do more activities, traveling to visit her grandchildren and taking a walk on the beach.
The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in patients with Meniere’s Disease. Source: Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
If you suffer from Meniere’s disease or any of it’s related symptoms, contact Dr. Gartzke for a consultation on how you may benefit from chiropractic treatment.