Sunday, May 20, 2012

NUCCA and Meniere’s Disease

When it comes to finding relief from Meniere’s disease it is always good to keep an open mind about various treatments. I have written in the past about the typical meds that are prescribed for Meniere’s, and some of the typical procedures such as the gent injections and the various types of surgeries. I have received comments about NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractor Association) wondering if it would help with Meniere’s.

Here is a comment from Ali …

Seems they have broken through with some new medicines for tinnitus. A lot of papers in England are talking about it.
Does anyone know anything about neck and Meniere’s?
I have tried cranial osteopath, which was good. I want to know more about the nucca, it costs £600, before they even know if you’re a candidate for the treatment, i am not willing to spend that much, as only one person on this blog mentioned it. Please give some feedback regarding this type of massage.
Many people think neck misalignment can be a major factor for Meniere’s/migraines as Misalignment will cause the neck muscles to tense and squeeze nerves and blood flow into the head.

There is a NUCCA website that gives a lot of information about this procedure and how it helps with balance and general health. I know that not everyone is a fan of chiropractors but it is still important to learn as much as possible about anything that can help the condition of Meniere’s disease.

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  1. I have had some neck adjustments in the past, before I knew I had Meniere's Disease. In addition, my brother swears by his chiropractor for his back problems. But I am nervous about getting any further adjustments, because my neurologist said it could actually exacerbate my migraine/aura situation. So I don't have a clue what to make of it now.

    It's confusing that the medical community is so divided on this. My former chiropractor was quite helpful when I had a torn rotator cuff and needed rehab for it, and the neck adjustments did seem to work for me at the time. Now, though, I would be afraid to try it again.

  2. I am very interested in this as I have had issues with my neck for as long as I can remember. I suffered severe headaches and migraines for years. After seeing a chiropractor for a period of time my headaches are greatly improved. This was about 10 years ago though. I am going to do some further research on this now. Thank you for posting it.

  3. hello
    i am very interested in this also, of all the massage techniques i have found cranial osteopath to be the best for menieres. i have had a chiropractor before, but i found it of no use.
    this nucca is very interesting as they take x-rays and look for specefic misalignment. whats holding me back at the moment is the price connected to it.
    would be lovely to hear from a few people who have tried this technique for their menieres.
    i am having my sac decompression on thursday. really looking forward to it, i have a good feeling about this operation.
    ps david when people post on the gent thread it seems to kinda vanish when you look for peoples recent posts. (i dont know, maybe you reached some kinda capacity for the thread)

  4. Ali,
    At the bottom of the page click on load more and you will see the rest of the comments

  5. Ali,
    I have been seeing a chiropractor since I was 2 years old. I know that when my neck is out of adjustment it makes my Meniere's symptoms much worse and my headaches get bad. I wouldn't say it is a cure but it does help decrease the symptoms. Sometimes when I know I need an adjustment and I put off going I will find my state of mind gets much worse and my outlook on life starts getting dark and I cry a lot. When I get like this it is hard to remind myself to go so my husband has to suggest it.
    I do hope this helps, make sure you talk to people and find out about the different chiropractors and their experiences as sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right one.

  6. I have had some good experiences with something called Body Self Development System (body sds). It has a somewhat softer approach to manipulating than chiropracy, and i had my neck loosened up at the end of a session. I got the sound of broken glass being crushed in a mortar, inside my head, and i felt great relief In that. I Got menieres 7 years ago, and tried a lot of things, no medication ever helped. About 3 years ago, I got the idea that if i could develop an insanely good balance, when the attacks came, i might be able to fight it off, or at least keep upright until it passed. It took a lot of hard work, but also an interesting proces, where i got to know myself a lot better, good and bad.
    It is always a little bit dangerous to play with the fire like I sometimes feel I do, but i have control over about 90% of my attacks these days. I run a small carpentry business, and have kept my pace installing windows, flooring, doors and even roofing, during attacks.
    Some would argue that you get more used to these attacks, and they tend to get less aggressive as time passes, and they could be right. But I am convinced you can learn to deal with it better this way. Through my work, I move around In all kinds of positions, All day long, so I Can fieldtest my little tricks on a daily basis.
    I am In no way cured, menieres has a huge impact on my life, but when I found out that I could fight of the attacks, it felt like hitting it clean In the kidneys, and oh my god was that a great feeling!
    So i believe there is a lot of hope for us yet, we are capable of so much more than we could ever imagine. No matter how you turn it, life is a contact sport.

    god bless,
    martin, Denmark

  7. Hi Martin,That is an interesting idea that sounds like it would be worth a try. I believe that I had heard something similiar to that from a vestibular therapist.
    Be careful and good luck
    stay in touch

  8. "Misalignment will cause the neck muscles to tense and squeeze nerves and blood flow into the head." This does bear some scrutiny, I think. I posted a fuller reply to Ali's original post in the previous thread. Look there if you're interested.