The timeless story of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, involves
the hearing restoration of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) So interesting! Today’s research reports
help clarify and corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions hears stories
of improvement in San Jose chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into McMurray Chiropractic Solutions for chiropractic care. Patients are elated! McMurray Chiropractic Solutions is pleased for them. Let’s contemplate this side-effect of hearing loss improvement after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that unusual with
cervical spine problems. The association
of cervical spine and hearing has been considered in
the medical publications for decades. In
1994, one author presented an idea of the
existence of a “vertebragenic hearing disorder” that accompanies
with tinnitus, a feeling of ear pressure, otalgia and deafness due to
functional deficit of the upper cervical spine. He tied conditions
like cervical vertigo and hearing disorders in 15% of patients with cervical
spine issues and hearing losses of 5 to 25 decibels in 40% of them. (2)
San Jose chiropractic patients report such issues
occasionally, so McMurray Chiropractic Solutions is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves resulting
in hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can trigger pain and limits in range of motion. The
likelihood of hearing loss in patients with limited
left rotation ability is high. Such hearing loss after a cervical spine injury
is more common in men. (3) Further, there is indication
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway connecting the cervical spine to hearing function.
Researchers are working to find the
pathway and understand better how spinal nerves like those of C2 (the second
cervical spine segment) have an effect on auditory responses (hearing).
They have discovered projections from C2 dorsal root ganglion stretching
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical variant of the first cervical segment (C1) – often
suffer with chronic tension-type headaches and
neurosensory-type hearing loss. (5) What does this indicate about the
connection between hearing and the cervical spine? A connection. McMurray Chiropractic Solutions
considers this when caring for San Jose cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR San Jose HEARING LOSS
RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES
Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895,
chiropractic has recorded improvement for more cases of hearing issues. A study of 90 patients who had cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who underwent
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care recovered
their hearing and eased their neck pain effectively
after 10 days of care. (6) A case of hearing loss and tinnitus associated with cervicogenic neck pain in a female patient whose hearing and tinnitus
were improved after undergoing chiropractic spinal manipulation
treatment. On a scale of 0 (no problem) to 10 (complete impairment), she rated
her problems a 7 at the beginning of care and a 1 at
the conclusion of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are gratifying outcomes that San Jose
hearing loss patients could embrace! McMurray Chiropractic Solutions is prepared
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER McMurray Chiropractic Solutions FOR RELIEF
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about how Cox Technic relieves cervical spine related
neck pain and shoulder pain.
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to experience how McMurray Chiropractic Solutions may help ease
cervical spine problems, neck pain and even possibly
cervical spine related hearing loss.