What is Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear resulting in bouts of tinnitus and high-pitched ringing. While there is no known cure for Meniere’s disease, there is growing evidence that upper cervical chiropractic care can help treat symptoms and prevent future episodes.
Signs and Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease
Meniere’s disease is characterized by frequent episodes of vertigo that result in loss of balance and coordination. These episodes can have other knock-on effects, including nausea and disorientation. Other common signs and symptoms of Meniere’s disease include tinnitus (ringing in the ears), a feeling of fullness in the ears, and in severe cases, complete hearing loss.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Meniere’s Disease
Meniere’s disease is believed to be related to fluid build-up in the eustachian tubes (tiny canals that connect the ear to the nasal-sinus cavity). Dysfunction in the upper cervical spine is closely linked to irregular muscle tone and inflammation in the inner ear and eustachian tubes.
When there is trauma to the upper cervical spine, one or more vertebrae can be pushed out of alignment. If the misaligned vertebrae compress or pinch the vestibulocochlear nerve, it can trigger an inflammatory response. Left untreated, inflammation in the inner ear can lead to blockages of the eustachian tubes and inadequate fluid drainage, potentially triggering the onset of Meniere’s disease.
How Our Upper Cervical Treatment for Meniere’s Disease Works
Dr. Christina Coblish and Dr. Ryan Moeskau are expert practitioners of the Blair Chiropractic Technique. Unlike conventional chiropractic treatment, the Blair Technique utilizes gentle and precise adjustment techniques to kick-start the body’s natural healing mechanisms and correct misalignments in the upper cervical spine.
When treating Meniere’s disease, Dr. Coblish and Dr. Moeskau will perform a range of diagnostic tests to pinpoint the exact location of any spinal misalignments. These tests will include both general exams and advanced 3D imaging tools like CBCT scans. A CBCT scan provides a dynamic 3D image of the upper cervical spine, allowing for 360-degree observation and a more comprehensive diagnosis. By leveraging the latest in diagnostic advances, we can minimize the guesswork and get to the root of the problem much faster.
During your treatment appointments, Dr. Coblish and Dr. Moeskau will employ precise, non-invasive adjustment techniques to push the misaligned vertebrae back into their natural alignment. This will not only reduce inner ear inflammation and nerve impaction, but it will also improve overall spinal health and mobility.
Although you may experience improvements in the frequency and severity of Meniere’s disease symptoms following your initial consultation, it’s important that you continue to visit for check-up treatments; this will allow Dr. Coblish and Dr. Moeskau to check that your adjustment is set correctly.
If you’re suffering from Meniere’s disease, come and speak with Dr. Coblish and Dr. Moeskau about the health of your upper cervical spine. Dr. Coblish and Dr. Moeskau provide upper cervical care services in Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Erie, Lafayette, Broomfield, and Denver in Colorado.