Meniere’s disease typically affects those in the age range of 20-50. Attacks can come on suddenly and last anywhere from 20 minutes to as long as 4 hours. This disrupts the life of the one suffering from it, causing him or her to lose out on many opportunities. One may just have to sit or lie down until the symptoms go away. Some of the common symptoms are:
- Vertigo (a spinning sensation)
- Loss of hearing
- Dizziness that comes and goes
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Losing balance
This condition is difficult to cope with for those suffering from it, and it is hard to find a solution that really helps. The major bodily systems that are affected by Meniere’s disease are:
- The cranial (VIII) or vestibulocochlear nerve that sends signals to the brain about where the body is located.
- The fluid in the inner ear that helps a person stay in balance.
Is There Natural Relief Available for Meniere’s Disease?
No cure for Meniere’s has been found, and helping those to cope with this condition can be frustrating for doctor and patient alike. However, the field of upper cervical chiropractic care has seen great success in helping Meniere’s patients find relief.
We focus on making sure a person has proper spinal alignment, especially in the neck area. Often a misalignment here in the atlas bone (the C1 vertebra) can put pressure on the brainstem, hindering the signals being sent between the brain and body. If the brain is getting mixed signals from the cranial nerve VIII, the symptoms of Meniere’s can occur.
Research done in the medical field and by other upper cervical chiropractors has revealed that relief can be found in some patients experiencing Meniere’s by realigning the atlas bone. This is done by means of a very gentle adjustment that is tailored to the patient seeking care. Once corrected, many patients report a decrease in symptoms. Some even see this frustrating condition go away completely.
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