Meniere’s disease got its name after a French physician proposed a theory about how the bouts of vertigo attacks, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), and loss of hearing had their origins in the inner ear rather than from the brain, which was the current belief at that time. This was in 1861, and many theories have been proposed since then in an attempt to understand what may be causing this triad of symptoms. These theories include viral infection, autoimmune reaction, genetic connections, circulation problems, or allergies.
While Meniere’s is still poorly understood, it is generally agreed that there is excess fluid called endolymph that builds in the inner ear. Because of a lack of understanding of the disease, treatment options are limited and typically just address symptoms rather than looking for the actual cause.
A possible explanation for this fluid buildup lies in a very specific type of misalignment that occurs at the top vertebrae of the neck. The atlas and axis vertebra protect the brainstem. However, when they shift out of alignment due to an injury or wear and tear, brainstem function can be compromised. Since the brainstem relays messages travelling between the brain and body, when an atlas misalignment is present, these messages become distorted, and this can lead to conditions that allow for the development of Meniere’s symptoms.
Upper cervical chiropractic care can be a natural means of finding relief that is not merely temporary. At Crowder Specific Chiropractic, we take great care to understand our patients’ issues and get to the underlying cause. The adjustments are customized to meet each patient’s needs and are gentle and specific. By restoring normal alignment, the body’s own recuperative abilities are optimized.
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