Meniere’s Disease and Whiplash: What Is the Connection?

Meniere’s disease (which affects the inner ear), vertigo, tinnitus and other vestibular conditions can have a dramatic effect on a person’s quality of life. They may also be difficult to treat as the causes can be unknown. 

However, at San Diego Integrative Spine Center in Rancho Penasquitos, California, we believe there is a connection between these conditions and the bones in a person’s upper spine.   

This is because the nerves in a person’s upper neck extend up to their ears, which means an injury to the upper neck can also affect the nerves in the brain, for example, causing hearing loss. The upper spine also houses the brainstem, which connects the spinal cord and brain and ensures the body functions correctly.   

I’ve also noticed a connection between these conditions and whiplash, which is often caused by the bones in the upper cervical part of the spine becoming misaligned. 

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Interestingly only half of all whiplash injuries are caused by car accidents. The rest are due to some kind of trauma or injury to head, which could take place during strenuous exercise, contact sports, or a particularly bad fall.    

Sometimes it can take as long as 15 years for a person to experience symptoms, and for this reason, many people don’t realize they’re suffered a whiplash injury many years in the past, especially if the injury was not caused by a car accident.   

The recent research has also shown that when the bones are misaligned a lesion can form that affects the eustachian tube, which can affect hearing. It may be that this connection was not made in earlier studies because of the length of time between an injury and the manifestation of symptoms.   

So if you suffer from Meniere’s, tinnitus, or even frequent acute ear infections, it may be worth visiting an upper cervical chiropractor who will be able to check for any problems in your upper spine and realign neck vertebrae that have moved out of place. 

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NUCCA Chiropractic Care

What is NUCCA
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is an organization of Doctors of Chiropractic dedicated to patient care, education and research.

Spinal health care using the NUCCA procedures focuses on detecting and correcting a small misalignment in the upper neck area. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments don’t require any turning, twisting or popping.

Your upper cervical spine (neck) area influences all areas of your body. Injury or chronic misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, weakness and more.

The NUCCA technique is currently offered by less than 1% of all the Doctors of Chiropractic.

Before the NUCCA procedure can be performed, I will sit down with you and discuss your history and symptoms. If I determine that NUCCA can help, a thorough examination and x-rays will be done. A complete report of your findings and treatment options will be discussed. 

First adjustment
Precision x-rays are taken of the spine before any treatment begins. The adjustment is performed with the patient lying on their side and the doctor applying a very light pressure behind the earlobe. A full demonstration can be seen on the video above.

The NUCCA procedure can be summed up with 5 major distinctions as compared to traditional Chiropractic:

  • Gentle adjustment to the neck with no turning, twisting or popping.
  • Precision x-rays to measure before and after corrections.
  • Total body posture and balance improvement
  • Greater stability to the spine
  • Hold adjustments longer with fewer visits

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