Tinnitus Chiropractic Adjustment
Tinnitus might be one of the least understood conditions that plague millions of people in this country. Like most conditions and diseases, the mainstream isn't asking the right questions - what is the cause and how can we help the body function better so it can eliminate the effect, tinnitus.
In our Los Angeles based upper cervical health care office we have been practicing a little known procedure called the Blair Upper Cervical Technique helping people maximize health through maximizing nervous system function.
We have written in the past about two pub Med articles that indicate that spasm of the stapedius muscle in the inner ear can be responsible for a percentage of tinnitus sufferers. (1) We believe that tinnitus cases that recover in our offices from tinnitus are due to this muscle-relaxing post upper cervical correction.
Over the past 18 years we have seen in excess of 1000 tinnitus cases. We estimate that 1/3 of our new patient cases have some form of tinnitus in combination with other health problems they may seek care for.
Tinnitus is by far and away one of the most frustrating conditions for any doctor to help. We have found that approximately 1/3 of our tinnitus cases find resolution and another 1/3 find improvement with the other 1/3 finding no relief.
Tinnitus Chiropractic Cure
We often hear the word cure thrown around in health care. It is our opinion that there is only one cure for tinnitus or any other health condition and that is an internal job. Anyone who recovers from any condition is the result of the body adapting and healing. The body heals not drugs, not adjustments, not nutrition. To get better you must do things that support the bodies ability to heal.
In upper cervical chiropractic we are interested in locating, analyzing, and correcting spinal misalignment that interfere with the central nervous system so the body can function better. Whether it is tinnitus, migraine, neck pain, fibromyalgia or any other condition improvements or cures are the result of higher function and the body repairing the underlying physiology imbalance.
In fact there is evidence that most health conditions are the bodies inborn intelligence adapting to abnormal physiology the best that it can. Any curative procedure is working with the body not against it. Chiropractic does not cure tinnitus, however removing nervous system irritation often allows the body to heal and in many cases effect a cure.
Correcting the Atlas and Tinnitus Chiropractic Care
The atlas vertebrae houses the brainstem. The brainstem is the seat for ALL automatic nervous system control in the body. As a consequence, prior neck trauma can displace the atlas causing interference to the brainstem and affect changes in any part of the body, including tinnitus.
It is theorized that correcting the atlas misalignment allows normal nerve flow to the stapedius muscle, restoring normal tone, which can be one underlying CAUSE of tinnitus. Chiropractic tinnitus relief can sometimes be obtained by getting your upper cervical spine corrected.
Chiropractic Tinnitus Hearing Loss
There is no risk of contracting hearing loss from tinnitus. Ringing in the ears will not damage the nerves that control hearing. With that said tinnitus is commonly associated with people that have worked in environments that have high decibel sounds that can not only be a causative factor in tinnitus but can also cause hearing loss.
Ironically, chiropractic developed as a profession as a result of a gentlemen regaining hearing following an upper neck manipulation. Our Los Angeles office has had more than 20 cases of deafness who have had their hearing restored following an upper neck correction.
Somatic Tinnitus Chiropractic
Somatic tinnitus is a form of tinnitus that is made worse or triggered by mechanical pressure on the face, tmj, or neck. In our opinion this results due to abnormal input from the joints of the jaw or neck and often is helped by correcting the upper cervical spine. Abnormal sensory input can be the result of mechanical stress at the joint level in the neck caused by upper cervical spine injury and misalignment.
Pulsatile Tinnitus Chiropractic Adjustment
Like all conditions that we see in our office, there is no specific correction to treat a particular condition. The goal of upper cervical care is to restore normal alignment of the upper neck to maximize nervous system function. Pulsatilla tinnitus is one of the types of tinnitus and like regular tinnitus some cases recover their health following upper cervical correction.
You Might be Asking Yourself - What Exactly Does an Upper Cervical Chiropractor Do?
Blair Upper Cervical doctors are specially trained to locate spinal misalignments in the upper cervical spine and correct them. Spinal misalignment is located by running a battery of neurological tests that locate the spinal segments that have been injured and misaligned by a prior neck injury.
Once located, precision imaging in the form of digital x-ray or cone-beam computed tomography (Cbct) are used to precisely determine which joint has misaligned and the angulation of the misaligned joint. Each person’s anatomy is different and therefore imaging is used to uncover the blueprint to be used to correct each patient’s individual misalignment pattern. Once this information is gleaned, a gentle, light correction is made without twisting, popping, or pulling.
The patient is then monitored overtime to ensure that the correction is holding. If the testing indicates the need for another correction, then it is performed. However, the goal of Blair Upper Cervical Care is for the patient to stay in “adjustment”. It isn’t the correction that produces healing. It is the removal of nerve irritation and the adjustment “holding” in its normal position that allows the body to function better and proceed through a healing process.