On August 17, 2020, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published the results of a case study documenting the improvement of Meniere’s disease with chiropractic. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, “Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear. Meniere’s disease usually affects only one ear.”
The study authors begin by offering a technical explanation of Meniere’s disease by stating, “Meniere’s disease (MD) is an inner ear disorder also referred to as idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops. It is a buildup of endolymphatic fluid within the inner ear.” They explain that it is this fluid buildup that leads to the symptoms of dizziness, hearing loss and intermittent ringing in the ears.
In this case, a 64-year-old woman sought chiropractic care primarily for help with Meniere’s disease and anxiety. In addition to her primary issues, she also reported that she was suffering from weakness in her left arm that started six weeks prior, as well as itchy ears, shakiness, jaw clicking and pain, neck pain and stiffness, allergies, right-sided sciatica, and irritable bowel syndrome.
A chiropractic examination was performed which revealed multiple areas of concern in her spine and a limitation of neck rotation. Thermal heat readings of her spine were also performed. All orthopedic tests that were performed were negative. Multiple x-rays of her neck were taken to analyze the position of the spinal vertebrae.
From the examination and x-rays, it was determined that the top bone in her neck, the “Atlas,” was subluxated. Based upon these findings, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were given to address the atlas subluxation.
After one month of chiropractic care the woman reported a 70% improvement in her problems. She specifically noted a decrease in the number of attacks of Meniere’s disease as well as improvement in left arm weakness, neck discomfort, and an increase in her energy.
After seven months of chiropractic care, the woman reported that she was now able to walk on the beach, ride her bicycle, shop, drive, read, watch TV, and travel to see her grandchildren in Pennsylvania, which she was unable to do before chiropractic care.
In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case report and a review of the literature on chiropractic management of Meniere’s disease show that significant improvements can be made in MD symptoms with reduction of vertebral subluxations via specific chiropractic adjustments.” In noting how well this patient responded, the authors offered additional advice. “If such great improvements can be made after years of suffering with MD, it may be possible to conclude that if chiropractic care is utilized earlier in life, it may prevent the onset of Meniere’s disease.”