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Category: Case Studies
Date 31-may-2001
Case Title Upper Cervical Protocol for Three Meniere's Patients
Author Michael T. Burcon, D.C.; Burcon Chiropractic
Main Condition/ Disease  Hearing Disorders - Menieres Disease
Source Michael T. Burcon, D.C.; Burcon Chiropractic
Abstract As quoted: Management of three female patients diagnosed with Meniere's disease. Years before the onset of symptoms, all three cases were involved in automobile accidents, resulting in undiagnosed whiplash injuries. The condition, which is poorly understood, responded favorably to chiropractic care using an upper cervical approach to reduce a specific subluxation complex. It is possible that either Meniere's is not synonymous with endolymphatic hydrops, or that it is commonly misdiagnosed.
Summary Meniere's disease (MD) is characterised by vertigo or dizziness, hearing loss and tinnitus along with associated symptoms like nausea, a feeling of fullness in the ear. In this case study by Dr. Burcon he examines three female patients diagnosed with MD. He is a Blair upper cervical chiropractor who received his formal training at Sherman College (www.sherman.edu). Burcon utlising precision upper cervical X-rays, detailed (Prill) leg checks and thermography discovered evidence of an upper cervical (atlas) subluxation in all three patients.
The patients who were adjusted using a toggle-recoil manual adjustment on a Thuli chiorpractic table were then rested for 20 minutes. In Case 1 - the patient reported "complete alleviation of vertigo and tinnitus" following the atlas adjustment and the disappearance of tinnitus the next morning. In Case 2 - all symptoms were gone and cervical range of motion (ROM) was restored. In Case 3 - symptoms except dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) had subsided. ROM was restored.
All patients had a history of automible accident, all had evidence of cervical spine dysfunction and all had posterior, inferior left atlas listings.
Whilst as with most case studies firm conclusions cannot be made about the link between the upper cervical adjustment and the cessation of MD symptoms, this case study adds further weight to the already large body of evidence linking upper cervical dysfunction to hearing disorders.
Keywords Meniere's disease, vertigo, dizziness, upper cervical specific chiropractic, subluxation

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