New Research on Sheds Light on Meniere’s Disease

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New Research on Sheds Light on Meniere’s Disease

Chiropractic Helps Suffering Woman 

Recent research reported in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping patients suffering from  Meniere’s Disease.

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“Research is revealing that structural shifts in spinal alignment and the nerve obstruction they cause may be a factor in a number of disorders and can result in a host of health problems such as vertigo and hearing loss because the body’s homeostatic mechanism is thrown off” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.  Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results regarding vertigo, Meniere’s, and chiropractic.  

McCoy added “If you damage or compress or otherwise interfere with the neurological structures in the spine this can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body. Through research reports like this we are finding that correcting the structural abnormalities associated with these spinal problems reduces the nerve obstructions and people experience improvement. In this study it was resolution of Meniere’s Disease.” 

Research has shown not only that the brain relies on normal structural integrity and joint movement, but that complex neurological communication and pathways involved in helping humans balance and orient themselves in space are tied into spinal biomechanics and their related neurological pathways. 

“It makes perfect sense when you think about it” stated Dr. McCoy. “Meniere’s disease may be related to how the entire body communicates with the brain and the most critical area for this is the spine and the most critical area of the spine is the upper part of the neck.” 

According to researchers the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body and structural shifts in the spine can occur that obstruct the nerves and interfere with their function. By removing the structural shifts, chiropractic improves nerve supply and function. 

The patient reported on in the study was a 48-year-old female with a history of several traumas.  She had Meniere’s Disease, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and imbalance. She was depressed, suffered from anxiety and chronic fatigue.  The Menieres started on one side and over the course of three years progressed to the other side.  She also experienced drop attacks, hearing loss, ringing in the ears.  In addition to these symptoms, she had neck and lower back pain. Sadly, she was labeled a hypochondriac because no one could help her. 

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck.   X-rays confirmed these findings.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following the upper cervical chiropractic care, she experienced resolution of all her symptoms.  

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
McCoy Press