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Case Study: Meniere's Disease

 Results After the first correction, the patient noticed a slight reduction in the muffled sensation in her ear. Through one week, she only experienced 2 episodes of vertigo compared to daily episodes prior to her chiropractic examination. After 1 month, and 2 adjustments, the patient reported a 40% improvement in hearing and decrease in muffled sensation in the ear. She also had 0 episodes of vertigo following her first week of care.

Chiropractic Findings - (Read only if you're into nerdy things like objective measurements)

Pre Correction

  1. Significant right head tilt and right sided neck deviation

  2. Low right shoulder 2 degrees, right low hip 1.5 degrees

  3. X-ray: Straightened cervical curve, 56mm of anterior head syndrome, Right atlas displacement 2.75 degrees with 3 degrees of forward rotation

  4. 9 lbs heavier on the right leg compared to the left in a standing position

Post Correction

  1. Reduced head tilt and negligible neck deviation

  2. Level shoulders and hips

  3. Right atlas displacement 0.80 degrees with 1 degree of forward rotation

  4. 2 lbs heavier on the left leg compared to the right in standing position

Why Does it work? The short answer is that no one really knows why Meniere's Disease happens to begin with. Scientists believe that the build up of pressure in the inner ear may be linked to autonomic dysfunction, abnormal cerebral blood flow, eustachian tube dysfunction, infection, genetics, or immune dysfunction. We don't know if it's one of these mechanisms, or maybe it's a combination of them. What we do know is that problems in the cervical spine can affect all of these pathways because of the affect of the neck on the brain.  The neck can affect cerebral blood flow which can affect the autonomic nervous system, which can have an impact on the function of the eustachian tube. While we don't know how, we do know that many upper cervical chiropractors see as many as 90% of their cases of Meniere's Disease improve.

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