New Research Sheds Light on Meniere’s Disease & Chiropractic

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New Research Sheds Light on Meniere’s Disease & Chiropractic

Clinical Study Shows Chiropractic Can Help   

Recent research reporting on a 55-year-old man who was suffering from Meniere’s Disease, dizziness, vertigo, ear pain and deafness reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in caring for people with this condition. The research reported in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research showed improvements in Meniere’s Disease after chiropractic adjustments to the upper part of the neck.

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“Research is revealing that there is a relationship between structural abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and brain” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. 

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.” 

The patient reported on in this study was a 55-year-old male suffering with Meniere’s Disease. His symptoms included constant dizziness, episodic vertigo, earache, ear noise and occasional deafness.  Medications provided only temporary relief.  

The chiropractor examined him, took x-rays, and found structural shifts in his upper neck. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.  

The man was adjusted by the chiropractor and he experienced complete resolution of all symptoms associated with his Meniere’s Disease immediately following the first adjustment.    

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

Contact Information: 

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