Over the years there have been numerous case reports of chiropractic curing tinnitus. Recently, the International Tinnitus Journal published a paper titled "The Potential Role of Joint Injury and Eustachian Tube Dysfunction in the Genesis of Secondary Meniere’s Disease."
This paper states the following:
- “Chiropractic manipulation of disorders of the cervical spine has been successfully used to treat patients with vestibular symptoms.”
- The cervical spine can be related to Meniere’s disease through either vascular or neurological mechanisms:
- The vascular mechanism includes the observation that the vertebral artery supplies the middle ear,
the vestibulocochlear nuclei, and a cervical joint dysfunction could affect the artery and compromise regional blood flow.
- The neurological mechanism includes that the vertebral nerve which contains the sympathetic
control of the vertebral artery “may be irritated by cervical injury and become dysfunctional.”
In essence, what the authors are saying is that a dysfunctional cervical spine causes a disturbance in the nervous system where the sympathetic, or "fight or flight" nervous system, becomes hyperactive. This results in blood vessel constriction to organs, including the middle ear. It also results in "neurogenic inflammation"--a state where inflammation occurs even in the absence of injury. The authors also acknowledge the power of chiropractic to reverse these changes. I can attest to this, as I have seen it in my clinic.
The most important take-away from this article is that spinal dysfunction disturbs the nervous system such that distant organs can suffer. "Back pain" is just one symptom in a system wide disorder, and chiropractic has the answer!
Read the article here.