The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on September 16, 2019, documenting the case of a patient who was suffering with Meniere’s Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia being helped by chiropractic. A similar case study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research on August 26, 2019, reported on an additional case of trigeminal neuralgia being helped with chiropractic.
According to Medline Plus, “Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It can cause severe dizziness, a roaring sound in your ears called tinnitus, hearing loss that comes and goes and the feeling of ear pressure or pain. It usually affects just one ear.”
In describing trigeminal neuralgia, Medline Plus states, “Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a type of chronic pain that affects your face. It causes extreme, sudden burning or shock-like pain. It usually affects one side of the face. Any vibration on your face, even from talking, can set it off. The condition may come and go, disappearing for days or even months. But the longer you have it, the less often it goes away.”
In the first case, a 59-year-old woman went to the chiropractor seeking help with a variety of symptoms. She was suffering with episodes of Meniere’s Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) following a fall on the stairs resulting in an impact to the base of her skull eighteen years ago. Additionally, the woman also reported hearing loss in the right ear, headaches, asthma and wheezing from occasional allergies, and arm tremors in both arms.
In the second case, a 62-year-old woman with trigeminal neuralgia went to the chiropractor. Her symptoms included chronic right-side facial pain for the past two years, pain in her left knee for 6 months, and irritation on the bottom of her right foot. She also reported having anxiety, bilateral cold hands and feet, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
In both cases, a chiropractic examination was performed which included a postural inspection, palpation, spinal thermography, surface EMG studies and spinal x-rays. In both of these cases, it was determined that vertebral subluxations were present. A unique course of care was created for each woman with specific forms of chiropractic adjustments.
The case studies both showed that the women got significant relief with their major complaints of trigeminal neuralgia. In addition, the other complaints that the woman were suffering with either resolved or were greatly reduced. Each study recorded how the improvements positively impacted the quality of life for each of the woman.
In the conclusion of one of the studies, the authors note the importance of correcting subluxation in patients suffering from trigeminal neuralgia or Meniere’s disease. “Meniere’s Disease and Trigeminal Neuralgia negatively affect the quality of life and ability to perform activities of daily living for those that suffer from them, either independently or concurrently. Treatment for these conditions can be quite invasive and with varying levels of success and therefore many of those suffering look for alternative therapies. The primary focus of the Chiropractic care is to reduce the VSC,” (vertebral subluxation complex).