Meniere’s disease chiropractic treatment and everything you must know about
A natural approach to helping people with Meniere’s disease
If you have been diagnosed with Meniere’s disease and done your own research for natural solutions, then you’ve likely discovered something called an “upper cervical chiropractor” or the “Blair technique” as a way for helping people with Meniere’s disease.
The Blair technique is a unique approach to chiropractic that does not involve any spinal manipulation, twisting or cracking. It is the method that Dr Michael Burcon from the USA has used in treating hundreds of people with Meniere’s disease and has been able to help improve their quality of lives.
If you are here, then you have also likely searched for something like “Blair upper cervical chiropractor Brisbane” to find us and to learn a little more about what is involved and how treatment may be able to help you if you are experiencing Meniere’s disease:
In this article, I hope to give you more information about who we are at Atlas Health Australia are and what we have to offer you as part of your search for a solution for your Meniere’s disease.
Blair upper cervical chiropractic - what’s so different from other treatments for Meniere’s disease?
“Upper cervical chiropractic” is a special division of chiropractic, developed and researched in the USA, comprised of approximately 6-7 techniques. The focus of care is on the alignment and normal movement of the top bones in you neck, called the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae.
In brief, the alignment of these bones has a profound effect on the blood flow and neurology that affect the centres of your brain responsible for balance and hearing.
- Your vertebral arteries, which supply blood to your brainstem (vital life and master control centres for everything in your body) pass directly through your C1 and C2 vertebra and may be compressed at this point where they enter your skull. The same can also be true as blood is emptied from your brain.
- Your suboccipital muscles, which allow your C1 and C2 vertebrae to move are dense with a type of nerve receptor called a proprioceptor, which is essentially a balance organ. If there is dysfunction with the normal communication of the messages from these muscles to your brain, they may produce feeling of dizziness or vertigo
- Your jaw muscles, including the muscles that regulate your hearing and inner ear are profoundly affected by the position of your C2 vertebra especially.
Meniere’s disease may actually be a neck problem in disguise!
That may well be why your MRI and other tests for your brain and inner ear have all been “normal:” because the actual source of your Meniere’s disease may be coming from your upper neck.
Among the different upper cervical chiropractic techniques is the Blair technique, which is named for its founder, Dr William Blair. Dr Blair devised a method to take customised diagnostic images that allow a trained chiropractic doctor to see the exact direction and degree of misalignment between your atlas and axis. No other chiropractic or medical method does this!
The difference is that by seeing what has actually happened to the alignment of the vertebra, a Blair chiropractic doctor is able to make a precision correction that is tailored to your own bone structure. The purpose of the alignment is to restore normal function of the nerve system, thereby allowing your body to do what it is designed to do: i.e., heal itself.
In this way, the Blair technique is not actually a treatment for Meniere’s disease per se, but it is an approach that may allow your own body to heal from the process that we call “Meniere’s disease.”
How is the Blair upper cervical technique different from a normal chiropractor?
The first major difference with the Blair upper cervical chiropractic technique is the type of diagnostic x-ray that we use in order to identify the underlying misalignment condition that is affecting your spine and may be contributing towards your Meniere’s disease. In brief, the types of diagnostic images that we take at Atlas Health Australia are custom-tailored for you, which is why they are not available in standard medical imaging facilities or even other chiropractic offices.
The level of detail allows us to see misalignments as small as even a millimetre.
The second major difference is the approach that we take in correcting the alignment of the vertebrae in your neck. Foremost, we aren’t going to twist or “crack” things into place. I will repeat that: there is no twisting or cracking your neck. When we know the exact degree of misalignment in your neck, the adjustment procedure is more like sliding a key into a lock. The adjustment we use is similar to the amount of force that you would use to feel your pulse That’s it!
Even though the movements and the misalignments that we are talking about are small, even small things in that area of your brainstem can make a big difference. Consider the last time you had a rock in your shoe. Or a splinter in your finger. Small things can cause big problems including Meniere’s disease.
The third major difference is that a Blair upper cervical chiropractor is not looking to adjust you all the time. What we want is to make a specific correction that your own body is able to maintain, to stabilise, and thus to heal with as little intervention from us as possible.
In other words, the fewer adjustments that you need the better!
It often seems bizarre to people when they come to a Blair upper cervical chiropractor for a routine checkup: the idea that they have their spine checked to make sure that everything is working okay, but then not needing an adjustment! However, think of it more like visiting your dentist. You know the value of the checkup, and ideally you do not have a cavity.
Doesn’t that just make sense?
What is the next step for helping your Meniere’s disease?
If you are looking for how we may be able to help you specifically with your Meniere’s disease, we would like to extend the opportunity for a complementary 15-minute consolation with our principal chiropractic doctor, Dr Jeffrey Hannah.
Dr Jeffrey Hannah is an advanced certified instructor with the Blair technique. With over 12 years experience in the field of upper cervical chiropractic care, Dr Hannah is an international lecturer and author of the book The Doctors Who Give No Medicine. His practice, Atlas Health Australia, is the premier Blair upper cervical specific centre in Brisbane, serving people from across southeast Queensland.
We appreciate that your time is valuable. Therefore, if you have any specific questions or would like to discuss the particulars of your own Meniere’s syndrome to decide if upper cervical care may be right for you, we would he happy to speak with you to schedule a free consultation.
Call us at 07 3188 9329, or you can send us an email at the Contact Us
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