Ménière’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear, characterized by vertigo or dizziness, inner ear pressure, low-frequency hearing loss, tinnitus and nausea.
Because attacks of vertigo appear suddenly, without warning, the syndrome can be unnerving. Episodes may last from a few hours to 24 hours, and are completely debilitating, leaving sufferers unable to work, drive or even walk normally. Hearing in the affected ear tends to fluctuate and eventually worsens. Currently, there is no cure.
The cause isn’t well understood. The culprit may be abnormal fluid volume in the inner ear, but the factors that actually cause this change are unknown.
Anyone can get Ménière’s disease — children to seniors; however, those in their 40s and 50s are primarily affected.
The good news in all this? Research shows that chiropractic care is an effective, all-natural strategy for alleviating Ménière’s disease. Realigning vertebrae through chiropractic adjustments, especially C1 and C2, may reduce or eliminate vertigo.
Dr. Barbara Smith