Meniere’s Disease and the Upper Cervical Spine (C1 and C2)

Meniere’s Disease and the Upper Cervical Spine

Meniere's disease is a condition of the inner ear that cause symptoms including tinnitus, vertigo (drop attacks) and fullness in the ear or hearing loss (usually low frequency). These symptoms are normally but not exclusively one sided in nature. Meniere's disease effects around 0.1% of the population usually between the ages of 20-50 years old. Many people in our experience have prior issues that may be related to the upper cervical spine such as; migraines, headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction or previous episodes of episodic vertigo such as labyrinthitis before developing more sever symptoms that become debilitating and eventually diagnosed as Meniere's disease. This is the NHS page on Meniere's disease

The treatment for Ménière's disease usually include low salt diet or medication such as dietetics to reduce the fluid levels in the inner ear (endolymph) that is believed to be a cause of the problem.
Many of the times these treatments have limited success rates.

Treatments for Meniere's Disease

The treatment for Ménière disease usually include low salt diet or medication such as dietetics to reduce the fluid levels in the inner ear (endolymph) that is believed to be a cause of the problem.
Many of the times these treatments have limited success rates.

Much of the time we have found that after prior examinations, people will report having no physical problems related to the ear. They also report that all the MRI scans and X-rays they have had have come back negative. Despite having all the associated symptoms of an inner ear or neurological problem people are left with very little information regarding their problem, this often leaves them worried about their problems and confused about what is causing them.

As chiropractors we have found a strong association with upper cervical spine dysfunction and these symptoms. This may be for a number of reasons such as poor proprioceptive input into the brain, poor CSF flow and drainage and altered blood flow to the brainstem. Misalignment to the upper cervical spine can cause any one or a group of these problems.

The vestibulocochlear nerve is the eighth cranial nerve and originates from the brainstem. The vestibular portions are involved in balance, spatial sensation, and posture and the cochlear branch is responsible for the special sensation of hearing. Dysfunction of this nerve alone can lead to many of the sensations described in Meniere's disease. It is very common practice to get deficits in this nerve with upper cervical misalignments.

If you are suffering with Meniere's disease or know someone who is please get in touch with us. Having a fully functioning spine and nervous system may be the key to resolving these issues.

1 Comment

  1. luca on February 10, 2021 at 9:49 am

    hello im luca gonzati, im suffering of meniere, i have seen the video. please send me an email

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