Meniere’s Disease - What You Need To Know

CSC offers treatment for Meniere’s disease through integrative methods of chiropractic and physiotherapy; contact us now!

infographic showing a common meniere's disease causes

Meniere’s disease is a disorder that affects the inner ear where a person might experience vertigo (spinning and lack of stability) fluctuating hearing loss, which is progressive until it becomes permanent. You might also experience some ringing in your ears (tinnitus) and a feeling of pressure or fullness in your ear. The condition, in most cases, will only affect one ear and your hearing.

CSC can help with symptoms of Meniere's through specialized forms of physiotherapy combined with evidence-based chiropractic treatment. 

ringing and abnormal sound waves in meniere's disease and tinnitus

What’s The Difference Between Meniere’s Disease & Tinnitus?

As mentioned above, tinnitus is one of the symptoms of Meniere’s disease. A person with tinnitus will experience ringing or noise in the ears. It isn’t a condition on its own but rather a symptom of another condition such as Meniere’s disease, hearing loss associated with aging, or it might occur because of an injury to your ear, jaw joint, the upper neck, or a disorder in your circulatory system.

Symptoms Of Meniere’s

Vertigo: You are likely to experience spinning in recurring episodes where it might start and stop immediately. They might last between 20 minutes and a few hours. If it’s severe, you are likely to start vomiting or feeling nauseous. Vertigo is a common symptom in patients with Meniere's disease.

Loss Of Hearing: You might lose your hearing but in spontaneous moments, especially in the early stages of the disease. However, it will become progressive, and you experience hearing loss permanently.

Tinnitus: You will perceive ringing, roaring, buzzing, and whistling sounds, among many more in your area.

Pressure Or A Feeling Of Fullness: You will feel a lot of pressure or fullness in the affected hear or on the side of your head. 

illustration of inner ear anatomy as related to symptoms of meniere's
illustration shows causes of menieres

The Causes Of Meniere’s

There is no exact cause for Meniere's disease. None has been identified, but a few theories are floating around. For instance, most people believe that the condition is caused by too much fluid in the inner ear, chronic jaw issues (TMD) that impact the middle ear, or upper neck problems triggering trigeminal cervical nucleolus. Some of the factors that have been linked to the fluid buildup include the following.

  • Viral infection in the ear
  • Poor drainage of fluid due to a blockage or an abnormality in your anatomy
  • Allergies
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Migraines
  • Trauma to the head, neck, or jaws
  • Abnormal immune system response

How Can Physiotherapy And Chiropractic Care Help With Meniere’s

A few theories have been introduced to treat Meniere’s disease with less invasive procedures such as chiropractic care or physiotherapy. Here is what you need to know.

Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic treatments of the jaws and upper neck are beneficial for patients with Meniere’s. The spinal cord in the upper cervical spine (neck) houses the trigeminal cervical nucleus. The trigeminal cervical nucleus perceives all of the sensory input from the head, face and refers them to the thalamus. The trigeminal cervical nucleus is in the spinal cord portions of the first three cervical segments (C1-C3). Our Doctors of chiropractic treatment of the jaws, base of skull, ears, and the upper cervical spine focuses on resorting to the proper balance through targeted non-rotatory spinal adjustments. When the joints of the skull, jaws, ears, and neck are treated holistically, symptoms of Meniere’s disease decrease. Through corrective research-based chiropractic care, the natural draining of the accumulated fluids in the inner ear becomes easier.

Physiotherapy: Clinical physiotherapy treatment that targets the base of the skull, upper neck, and facial soft tissues can help reduce symptoms of Meniere’s disease when coupled with corrective chiropractic care mentioned above.

In conclusion, Meniere’s disease can be controlled with targeted clinical research-based treatment at Chiropractic Specialty Center®.

chiropractic and physiotherapy helps to cure meniere's