How do you treat Meniereâ€™s Disease? Meniereâ€™s Disease is a rarer more severe form of dizziness, similar to what a Migraine is compared to a headache. It can much more intense and life interrupting, with sufferers experiencing giddiness, vertigo, tinnitus, in-ear pressure and even hearing loss . This can result in stopping normal activities, and in the case of some of our patients, having to quit their jobs. How does this start? And how can it be corrected?
A recent research report has looked at one specific cause: an Upper Cervical Subluxation complex as a result of trauma. (Read more about Whiplash here)
The paper looked at 300 patients over the course of 6 years. All patients were managed using a specific protocol, with the same set of objective measurements used to establish the existence of the Subluxation in all 300 cases .
Interestingly, all 300 consecutive patients under the researcherâ€™s care were medically diagnosed with Meniereâ€™s Disease (MD) and all had also suffered a whiplash. This is no coincidence.
This led researcher Dr Michael Burcon, a leading voice on the topic of Chiropractic and treatment of Meniere’s Disease , to remark that, â€œNinety seven per cent getting their vertigo under control within six weeks .â€
At the beginning of the study, patients rated their vertigo intensity on a scale of 1 â€“ 10, with 10 being the worse dizziness and vertigo imaginable (Read more about Vertigo here). The average at this time was 8.5/10. Following the treatment, the averages for the group were:
- 3.0 after six weeks
- 2.0 after one year
- 1.4 after two years
- 0.9 after three years
- 0.8 after four, five and six years
This is an improvement of more than 90%!
Read more about How Chiropractic Improves Meniere’s Diseases, here.
97% reported a dramatic improvement in vertigo, with just 3% reporting a headache as a side effect
This led to the conclusion that when taking a history, all patients should be thoroughly questioned for the presence of any whiplash or head traumas which may result in whiplash, such as from car accidents, falls and other injuries. This includes even if the accident wasnâ€™t believed to be significant. This is because the study showed the average tie from injury to symptoms was 15 years .â€ Burcon also suggested any x-rays or scans be undertaken to aid diagnosis, and be in a standing posture..
â€œMeniereâ€™s disease not only includes the symptom complex consisting of attacks of vertigo, hearing loss, aural fullness and tinnitus, but comprises symptoms related to the Eustachian tube, the upper cervical spine, the temporomandibular joints and the autonomic nervous system .â€
– Dr Michael Burcon
Since 2013, Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr. Shaan Rai helped patients achieve greater health, relocating to Singapore in 2016 and founding Vitality Chiropractic Centres. He has an impressive track record in providing relief and solutions for people who experience nerve system problems, such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, vertigo or neurological conditions.
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 Mayo Clinic Staff Writer, â€œMeniereâ€™s Disease,â€ Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menieres-disease/basics/definition/con-20028251, retrieved 6 February 2017
 Burcon, M (2016), â€œHealth Outcomes Following Cervical Specific Protocol in 300 Patients with Meniereâ€™s Followed Over Six Years,â€ J Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, June 2, 2016
 Staff Writer Meniereâ€™s Research Institute, (2016), â€œMeniereâ€™s Disease Breakthrough,â€ Burcon Chiropractic, http://www.burconchiropractic.com/page/2879
 Burcon M. Upper Cervical Protocol for Ten Meniereâ€™s Patients, Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex, A Review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature, Kirk Eriksen, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens, Baltimore, MD, 2004, pp 284-286.
 Chung, J and Oâ€™Connell, C, (2017), â€œResolution of Symptoms in a Patient Suffering From Meniereâ€™s Disease Following Specific Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study and Review of Literature,â€ Journal Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, January 2, 2017