The timeless account 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 confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka hears reports
of improvement in Sitka chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted!
Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is pleased for them. Let us 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 connection
of cervical spine and hearing has been discussed in
the medical literature for years and years. In
1994, one author gave 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)
Sitka chiropractic patients report such problems
occasionally, so Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is not shocked
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves causing hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can cause 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 usual in men. (3) Additionally, there is indication
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway linking 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) influence auditory responses (hearing).
They have found 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
experience chronic tension-type headaches and
neurosensory-type hearing loss. (5) What does this say about the
connection between hearing and the cervical spine? A connection. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
considers this when treating Sitka cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Sitka HEARING LOSS
RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES
Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895,
chiropractic has documented improvement for more patients
with hearing issues. A study of 90 patients who experienced cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who had
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care recovered
their hearing and relieved 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 having chiropractic spinal manipulation
treatment. On a scale of 0 (no problem) to 10 (complete impairment), she graded
her issues 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 satisfying outcomes that Sitka
hearing loss patients could accept! Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is ready
for the opportunity to help!
CONSIDER Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka 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 Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka may help ease
cervical spine problems, neck pain and even possibly
cervical spine related hearing loss.