Can Vestibular Physical Therapy Resolve Meniere’s?

December 18, 2022|Vertigo / Dizziness| by Harrison Salisbury

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Meniere’s is among the most debilitating causes of vertigo attacks; and yet, most people who have it aren’t sure how to manage their condition. In most cases, patients who notice common Meniere’s disease symptoms suffer in silence or experiment with relief options designed for other causes of recurring vertigo attacks. Some who can no longer handle the burden of the condition turn to professionals like a West Jordan chiropractic doctor, an ENT physician, or an audiologist.

Several also take advantage of Vestibular physical therapy or PT. Have you ever considered this option before? If you have or have doubts about how it works, our quick discussion on this potential remedy can help you out.

 

What is Vestibular Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy has been around for a long time. And while patients mostly use it to rid of pain or overcome disabilities, physical therapists and researchers have managed to develop specialized techniques to resolve issues like vestibular problems. 

John Hopkins University describes vestibular physical therapy as a set of exercises designed to manage balance impairments as well as dizziness. It usually involves patient and caregiver training and varying in-clinic and home exercise regimens, including: 

  • Habituation exercises to help your body adjust to the spinning sensations that stem from tilting your head at a certain angle
  • Reposition maneuvers like those used in positional vertigo management
  • Balance retraining to help your vestibular organs function smoothly
  • Gaze stability training to enable your balance organs (ears and eyes) to coordinate better
  • Exercise techniques to strengthen the core muscles and increase your range of motion

Vestibular PT is a worth-it option if you are 100 percent certain that your spinning sensations stem from Meniere’s disease. We recommend working closely with your physician to get a comprehensive diagnosis and rule out other menacing causes of your vertigo episodes, such as acoustic neuroma, brainstem problems, and inner ear infections.

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Why is Meniere’s Disease So Challenging to Manage?

Meniere’s continues to be a problematic condition mostly because its cure remains elusive. Diagnosis is also tricky, given that it shares symptoms with several other diseases and disorders like positional vertigo, vestibular schwannoma, and inflamed labyrinthitis or vestibular nerve. 

Several well-known celebrities have come forward with a Meniere’s disease diagnosis; and while most of them have already seen massive improvements, it’s no secret that they had their fair share of struggles through the years because of their symptoms.

If you happen to get diagnosed with Meniere’s, we strongly recommend taking advantage of lifestyle adjustments that can help improve your chances of recovering or coping better with your symptoms. Some of these practices include the following:

Modifying your diet

High salt or sodium intake spells bad news for anyone living with Meniere’s disease. Hence, it would help to make the necessary dietary adjustments to keep your solutes well-balanced. Here are a few helpful diet suggestions you can follow:

  • Limit your consumption of tap water, especially if you use home water softeners (these contain high amounts of salt)
  • Mind your consumption of frozen and processed food products because they also have a relatively large amount of sodium
  • Switch to other sources of flavors instead of solely relying on salt 
  • Avoid eating too much cheese, salad dressings, crackers, and other salty condiments

Managing your allergies

When your body reacts to allergens like pollen grains, dairy, and mites, fluid buildup worsens in the inner ears. This causes you to experience increased ear congestion and worse symptoms like vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus. We strongly recommend being extra wary of your allergens and avoiding them at all costs. You might also find it helpful to bring your allergy medications anywhere you go so you can easily take them on and prevent your body from going into overdrive. 

Saying no to your vices

Smoking and alcohol drinking can cause significant problems for people with vestibular conditions. That’s because they affect fluid balance and trigger blood flow fluctuations in the head and ears. As much as possible, you should steer clear of nicotine-containing products and alcoholic beverages while coping with Meniere’s. It’s also best to avoid these if you are under medication so you can limit your risks for adverse and unwanted drug reactions.

Working on other factors that contribute to your vertigo episodes

Meniere’s disease can occur with other health mishaps, such as cervical subluxation. That’s why it pays to work closely with a West Jordan chiropractic doctor. Postural problems compromise your head’s fluid drainage and blood flow, increasing your risks for worse vertigo episodes and other Meniere’s disease symptoms.

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Consult with a West Jordan Chiropractic Doctor

Vertigo-causing conditions like Meniere’s disease don’t need to take over your life completely. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can manage your condition. Besides vestibular physical therapy, you might also find it helpful to tap into other sources of vertigo relief, including booking a visit to a West Jordan chiropractic doctor like Dr. Salisbury. 

Find out if your recurring vertigo attacks have something to do with previously sustained neck injuries or posture problems. Our office would be happy to give you a comprehensive consultation so you can figure out how to better cope with your recurring vertigo problems. 

Book your visit to Brain & Spine Upper Cervical Chiropractic by filling out this form or calling (801) 784-8217. You’re also welcome to drop by our practice at 9289 S Redwood Rd, Suite B, West Jordan, Utah 84088, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Salisbury, call our West Jordan office at 801-823-2523. You can also click the button below. If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.