Meniere’s Disease

 Meniere’s Disease…..no cure?  Are you sure?

Of course, you have  probably  been told that there is no cure for this disease, but what if I told you that some of the symptoms that go along with Meniere’s,  nausea, vomiting, dizziness and maybe even falling down because you lose your balance, what if I said that those symptoms could be controlled?

“What??? You mean that I may be able to go to the mall again, or play a game of golf????”

The short answer is:   YES!

You see, there is a part of your brain, the Cerebellum, that becomes less active with diseases such as Meniere’s Disease.  The Cerebellum has a big part in balance and other functions.  It is also the gatekeeper of sorts to our upper brain, which in turn is, in these cases, not doing as well as it should which allows for the Midbrain (Mesencephalon) to do as it likes because there is nothing around to inhibit it.  Well, that Midbrain, when it is acting up can cause a whole host of problems including, nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, insomnia and more.

If you have that cerebellar dysfunction there are ways to bring back the function so you can be more of who you know you are.meniere's

Treatment of the cerebellar dysfunction may include:

  • Unilateral (one-sided) Adjustments: Extremities (arms and legs), lumbar (low back) and cervical (neck) spine will be manipulated on one side only to fire muscle spindle cells (muscle receptors) and joint mechanoreceptors (joint receptors) into the same cerebellum and opposite cerebra cortex (brain).  The thoracic (mid-back) spine will be globally manipulated to fire the dorsal columns (back part of the spinal cord) and reduce rib fixations.

  • Caloric: A warm water caloric of 180 milliliters may be administered in the ear to stimulate the ipsilateral (same side) cerebellum.

  • Eye Exercises: Eye exercises may be used to increase the frequency of firing to the cerebellum and frontal lobe of the brain.

  • Oxygen Therapy: Oxygen is an important part of our approach.  Each patient is checked using a pulse oximeter to determine their oxygen levels.  Oxygen is fuel for the brain and nervous system and is important for the health and recovery of the cerebellum which is extremely oxygen dependent.  The cerebellum requires  20% of all oxygen you take in. Unfortunately, as we age we lose the ability to utilize oxygen at a rate of 1% each year! So, for example, at the age of 47 you will have lost 27% of your ability to use the oxygen you breath in.  Oxygen is like gasoline in a car, if you don’t have enough gas your not going to get very far, right?