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Meniere's Disease and Chiropractic Care: A Study

Meniere's disease is a condition in which excess fluid builds up in the inner ear. This upsets the ear's balance and can affect a person's hearing. Other symptoms associated with Meniere's disease include vertigo, tinnitus, periodic hearing loss, balance loss, headaches and uncomfortable pressure felt inside the ear. These symptoms come and go in "episodes" and often last for years. Obviously, this condition can severely affect a person's day to day life. 

Traditional treatments include taking anti-nausea medication or diuretics, physical therapy to train the brain to compensate for the difference in balance in each ear, hearing aids and in rare cases surgery. Sadly, none of these treatment methods get to the source of the problem. Rather, they treat the symptoms in hopes that the Meniere's disease will go into remission on its own. 

One study, though, has found a better solution. It's titled, "Upper Cervical Specific Protocol and Results for 139 Patients with Medically Diagnosed Menieres Disease" by Dr Michael T. Burcon BPh, D.C. The study took place in 2010. It's objective?

"The cause of Meniere's disease is unknown; the pathophysiology is poorly understood, and the treatment empirical. One theory is that the most common cause of Meniere’s disease is a structural problem, i.e., an upper cervical subluxation complex that is irritating the origin of CNVIII and partially blocking the Eustachian tube. The objective is to demonstrate the effectiveness of cervical specific chiropractic management with one hundred and thirty nine patients medically diagnosed with Meniere’s disease."

Dr. Burcon took a thorough medical history from each of his 139 patients and did a spinal examination. He discovered that all of the patients had upper cervical subluxations and 130 of the 139 patients had unbalanced leg lengths. He documented his findings and began to perform upper cervical chiropractic adjustments on his study group. The results were astounding:

"After one or two specific cervical adjustments, one hundred and thirty six out of the one hundred and thirty nine patients presented with balanced legs and an absence or dramatic reduction of symptoms, especially vertigo. After two years, on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 representing the absence of the symptom and 10 being the worst imaginable, vertigo was lowered from an average of 8.5 to 1.4."

Wow! Such dramatic results reveal that in many cases, people who suffer from Meniere's disease can find relief with upper cervical chiropractic care. If you or a loved one is dealing with the difficult symptoms of Meniere's disease, please call us to set up a free consultation. We would love to help you find a natural solution that will resolve the root cause of your symptoms. 



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