For Meniere’s disease sufferers, an attack can disrupt your day when you may least expect it. The sensation of spinning (vertigo), fluctuating hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) can come on without warning and last up to several hours.
It is often recommended that people with Meniere’s disease modify their diet to reduce their sodium intake. Because Meniere’s disease affects the fluid-filled structures that are concerned with hearing and balance in the inner ear, the idea is to avoid any foods that may cause excess fluid retention in the body. Under normal conditions, the fluid in the inner ear, known as endolymph, should not fluctuate with changes in the body’s fluid balance.
Although problems with the inner ear and issues with the neck don’t appear to be immediately related, the fact is that a particular misalignment of the uppermost vertebra in the spine can create the conditions that may lead to the development of Meniere’s. When the top bone in the neck, the atlas, is misaligned, it puts pressure on the brainstem and spinal cord. The messages that travel over this pathway carry information to the brain about your body’s sense of balance. When these messages become distorted due to a misalignment of the atlas, Meniere’s symptoms such as vertigo may develop.
In a study done with 139 patients with Meniere’s disease who received the same type of care given by upper cervical chiropractor, Dr. Terry Crowder, all but three experienced a marked reduction in their symptoms, especially nausea and vertigo. Dr. Crowder is able to determine if this specific type of misalignment can be the root cause of your Meniere’s symptoms, and work towards gently correcting the spinal alignment to restore normal function. Discussing this possibility with Dr. Crowder can be the first step in finding lasting, drug-free relief.
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