Vertigo, Dizziness, Dizzy, Meniere'sMeniere’s disease patients may experience a range of symptoms that can have a devastating effect on quality of life, but there is hope.

Meniere's symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, and a ringing in the ears can last from 20 minutes to four hours, but sometimes the most severe symptoms such as vertigo, nausea, and vomiting can last for much longer, in some cases days.

The syndrome tends to affect those aged 20-50 years old and is thought to be triggered by irregular levels of fluid in the inner ear, which maintains a person’s balance. However, since scientists have been unable to pinpoint the exact cause of this irregularity, there are a variety of different relief care being offered by physicians.

These relief care range from changes to lifestyle such as low-salt diets to more invasive options like injections to the inner ear and surgery. Of course, many patients will only choose to relieve symptoms with painkillers, or by taking special medication (such as anti-vertigo tablets).

By nature, all these relief care will have different success rates, but now several studies have found that there may be a link between the symptoms of Meniere’s and irregularities in the upper neck. Professor Hulse from Heidelberg University found that the Meniere's symptoms of 259 patients could be related to problems with their upper cervical spine. He also discovered that in a study of 62 patients, hearing problems could be remedied by chiropractic methods.

What the Research Means for Meniere’s Disease Sufferers

This study is offering new hope to people suffering from Meniere’s. An upper cervical chiropractor is able to see whether there are any problems in the upper neck (including the atlas and axis bones). By realigning bones that have moved from their normal position, we can help reduce symptoms.

For this reason, it makes sense for anyone who has suffered a neck injury or sufferers from any symptoms related to Meniere’s disease to consult an upper cervical chiropractor.

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Vertigo, Dizziness, Dizzy, Meniere'sWhat does Meniere's disease entail? It is an inner ear problem that causes tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo, one-sided hearing loss, and a feeling of pressure or fullness in the affected ear. Vertigo, or a spinning sensation, can come on suddenly and be quite severe for about a minute, and then it begins to decrease. When this happens, the person may become pale, start to sweat, and experience nausea. These symptoms may remain for a few days after an episode.


It is estimated that 615,000 people residing in the USA have Meniere's disease. It generally occurs between the ages of 40 to 60. However, any age group can develop it, including children.


Since this condition is chronic in nature with no medical cure, it is very difficult to treat. Medical doctors may recommend a regimen of motion sickness and anti-nausea medications. While these may help to ease symptoms during an attack, they do not address the underlying issue of Meniere's or prevent it from occurring again. They also come along with undesirable side effects.


An Overlooked Cause of Meniere's

One of the reasons for Meniere's may be a problem in the upper cervical spine. This is something that is often not examined when a diagnosis of Meniere's is made. The upper cervical spine contains and protects the brainstem and the spinal cord. The health of the spine is directly related to how the central nervous system works. This is the main control center for the entire body. If a misalignment is found in either of the top two bones of the spine undue pressure may be put on the brainstem. This can actually cause the symptoms that are associated with Meniere's disease.


Upper cervical chiropractors are specifically trained to detect and then correct these misalignments. We use detailed examinations and the latest technology to find out where the problem may be originating from. Since this is different for each patient, we individualize a relief plan for you. Once the spine is back in alignment, it is possible that the symptoms of Meniere's will begin to decrease and may go away entirely.
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Posture, Back Pain, Back Ache, Work InjuryThe shape of your spine can be a huge indicator as to how you will age and whether or not you will need help with your daily activities as you get older. This, in turn, can lead to your needing nursing home care at some point. Curvature of the spine, or scoliosis, is found in research to be the number one factor for those needing additional care in the future.

A study found in the Journal of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences reports that spinal curvature and the angle at which this occurs is a risk factor for being admitted to a nursing home at some point in life. The study takes place at Toho University in Japan. Over 800 participants had their spine measured with the assistance of a noninvasive, computer-assisted procedure that calculates the spine's curvature. The participants were 65 years or older and, of these, 58 percent were female. One conclusion from this particular study is that correct spinal posture, although it does change with age, is very important in allowing older ones to maintain their independence.

The trunk angle of indication is a specific point on the spine that is most likely to indicate whether or not a person will need assistance with daily activities, like dressing, eating, or bathing in old age. When seniors have the trunk angle of indication in their spine, which causes them to depend on others for care, nursing home admission often follows.

Following up with participants four and a half years after they were measured shows that more than 15 percent were needing help with everyday activities. Participants that had a very severe angle to their spines were three times more likely to depend on other people for their care.

What You Can Do to Maintain Proper Posture

Upper cervical chiropractic care has been proven to keep the head in; therefore, reducing the incidence of spinal curvature. When the head is in proper position over the spine and the pelvic area, this leads to proper weight distribution. Less stress is put on the feet, and normal posture is obtained. Dr. Christopher Perkins of Farmington, Michigan is an upper cervical chiropractor who can assist you with acquiring this balanced posture. Why not schedule an appointment today in order to maintain your independence as long as you can?


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Sciatica in Farmington Michigan

Sciatica in Farmington MichiganSciatica results from irritation or compression of either the sciatic nerve itself or one of the nerve roots (there are five). While medication may mask the pain, it does not address the underlying problem that may continue to worsen over time. Consider the following potential causes of sciatica:

Of course, those are just a few of the things that can cause sciatica. A much more serious cause would be something like a tumor that is pressing on the nerve.

Winning the Battle With Sciatica

Rather than simply masking the pain of sciatica with prescription or over-the-counter drugs, upper cervical chiropractic care offers a real relief option. Dr. Chris Perkins of Farmington, Michigan would be happy to assist you in determining the true cause of your pain.

Surprisingly, your sciatica may be the result of a head or neck injury. Research shows that even a slight misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae can cause problems all over the body, including the lower back, hips, and legs. This is because the head being out of position causes a shift in the muscles and bones of the neck and back.

Dr. Perkins specializes in the realignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. This may, in turn, provide gentle and medication-free relief of your pain.

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