How Can a Chiropractor Help With Tinnitus?
Tinnitus refers to persistent ‘ringing’ or ‘whooshing’ noises in one or both ears and is reported to occur in about 10% of the population. Most commonly it is perceived at night time when there is less interference from background noise. However, it can be disabling for some individuals and cause other problems such as concentration difficulties, depression, stress, insomnia and anxiety. Tinnitus can be caused by inner ear damage from exposure to loud noise, head trauma, infection or blood flow disturbances. It can also occur due to other disturbances in brain or brainstem function and spinal subluxations. Despite being such a prevalent condition, patients with tinnitus are often told that there is no treatment available for their problem.
In our experience Spinal adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations in addition to craniosacral release of the temporal bones in the skull can be beneficial for patients with tinnitus due to the significant influence that the upper cervical and cranial bones have on areas of the brainstem that process sound. A spinal subluxation can also affect the autonomic nervous system, thereby influencing circulation to the head and inner ear.
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