At Stover Chiropractic, I often hear the misconception that we only help back, neck, and spine problems. Upper Cervical Chiropractic care has been documented to help many different conditions. Inner ear problems that cause dizziness, vertigo, and tinnitus are often caused by subluxation in the upper neck. It is a challenge to patients and doctors to find the cause. Finding the cause is what a chiropractor tries to do every time.
Medical literature states approximately 50% of dizziness, instability and imbalance occur in cases of head and/or neck injuries. As a matter of fact research shows the relationship between inner ear disorders (vertigo, tinnitus, dizziness, hearing problems) and trauma. The trauma can be a mild bump or a fall involving a concussion, or whiplash. It also states vertigo can also be caused by hyperactivity or irritation to the joints and nerves in the upper neck which assist in the coordination of the eye, head, and body, as well as control posture and spatial orientation. It isn’t hard to find yourself with problems like these at some point in life. Most people know the problems related to falling late in life, and how difficult it can be to recover from hip or pelvic injuries. So any relief I help bring someone with vertigo is as much about “giving freedom.” As it is about “getting rid” of dizziness.
People who suffer with Meniere’s Disease know how devastating a bout of vertigo can be. This disease is characterized by sudden, recurring attacks of disabling vertigo, hearing loss and tints, sand nausea and vomiting. The bouts can last hours or days at times. If the symptoms continue to recur despite lifestyle changes and medications, there are surgeries. The surgeries are less than 60% effective. The one that does “work,” a labyrinthectomy, causes deafness in that ear. What a choice to make. There can be help with chiropractic as seen in a study by MT Burcon, titled, Upper Cervical Protocol for Ten Meniere’s Patients. Ninth Annual Vertebral Subluxation Research Conference, October 13-14, 2001, Spartanburg, SC. After presentation, it was published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, on June 2, 2008, pp 1-8.
An upper cervical chiropractic examination can assess whether an upper cervical injury is present and whether the patient suffering from an inner ear disorder can benefit from upper cervical care.