What is Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of vertigo and fluctuating hearing loss. It is usually hereditary, and symptoms tend to be progressive, with episodes that may last from 20 minutes to several days.
Signs and Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease
The most common symptoms of Meniere’s disease are hearing loss, balance issues, tinnitus (a ringing in your ear), and a feeling of fullness in the ear. Symptoms are usually worse in the morning and improve throughout the day, and may be precipitated by changes in pressure, stress, or fatigue.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Meniere’s Disease
The upper cervical spine is the part of the spinal column where the base of the skull meets the spine. Because of the upper cervical spine’s close proximity to the brainstem and central nervous system, this region plays a major role in sensory and motor functions, including balance, hearing, and vision.
One of the most common triggers for the onset of Meniere’s disease is a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. In addition to disrupting regular nerve flow, a misalignment in the upper cervical spine can also affect the proper function of the eustachian tubes, small canals in the inner ear which regulate balance, pressure, and hearing.
When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, the eustachian tubes are unable to function properly. This can lead to fluid build-up in the middle ear, which can result in hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo. Left untreated, these symptoms can eventually develop into full-blown Meniere’s disease.
How Our Meniere’s Disease Treatment Works
We offer a natural and alternative treatment for Meniere’s disease that focuses on the adjustment of the upper cervical spine. Our Meniere’s disease treatment plan begins with a rigorous examination of the upper cervical spine.
To ascertain the precise angle and location of a misalignment, our expert chiropractor, Dr. Hoefer, may use digital X-rays and cone-beam computed tomography to scan the upper back and neck. Next, Dr. Hoefer will perform a series of upper cervical manipulations to adjust the spine and realign the upper cervical vertebrae. By realigning the spine, we are able to restore nerve flow and reduce inflammation around the eustachian tubes, reducing both the severity and frequency of Meniere’s disease episodes.
Dr. Hoefer provides treatment for Meniere’s disease to patients across Orange County, including Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana.