New Research on Meniere's Disease & Chiropractic

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New Research on Meniere's Disease & Chiropractic

Chiropractic Shown to Ease Suffering

Recent research reporting on a 68-year-old woman who was suffering from Meniere’s Disease 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 68-year-old woman in this study had Meniere’s disease for eight years.  Each episode would begin with a continuous roaring in her left ear which would lead to 5-8 hours of crippling vertigo and vomiting.  The vomiting occurred every three weeks up to eight hours each episode.  She also had severe dizziness and neck pain.  She had lasting difficulties up to 2-3 days after an episode where she could not walk alone.  Medical dietary restrictions did not help her.  

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her upper neck.  She had postural changes and tight muscles in her neck.  X-rays and MRI confirmed these findings.  These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following upper cervical chiropractic care, her Meniere’s disease resolved.  She did not have any more episodes of dizziness, vomiting, or vertigo.  She reported that she was 95% better.   

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in patients with Meniere’s Disease.

Contact Information: 

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