vertigo, dizzy, dizziness, spinning, meniere's diseaseMeniere’s disease can cause you to not be able to carry out your daily activities. The dizziness alone can rob you of your day. Meniere’s disease differs from traditional vertigo. It has 3 components:

  1. Severe vertigo
  2. Hearing loss (typically lower frequencies)
  3. Ringing in the ear (known as tinnitus)


A Meniere’s episode typically lasts 1-6 hours. Many sufferers find that their symptoms worsen when they have increased sodium intake. Increased sodium intake causes fluid build-up in the inner ear.    Traditional Meniere’s management involves medications aimed at reducing fluid in the inner ear and reducing signals coming from the inner ear’s balance center. While these medications may work in the short term, they fail to address a potential root cause of Meniere’s.

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How is my neck related to Meniere’s?

Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord carries signals to and from your brain. When the top bone in your neck (atlas) is misaligned, this can create pressure within your spinal cord at the base of your neck. This can affect signals going to and from your brainstem, potentially leading to Meniere’s symptoms.

Dr. Breuwet is trained in NUCCA, a specific chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. NUCCA is a very gentle technique that does not require any popping or twisting of the neck. Through specific realignment of the atlas, pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of Meniere’s symptoms.

Burcon conducted a study of 139 Meniere’s patients who received specific atlas corrections. 136 of the 149 patients experienced a significant reduction in their Meniere’s symptoms. They were able to resume their normal daily activities. The two symptoms that were most significantly reduced were vertigo and nausea. (2)

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  1. Lustig L. Meniere Disease – Ear Nose and Throat Disorders
[Internet]. Merck Manuals Consumer Version. 2015 [cited 4 January 2016]. Available from:
  • Burcon M. Upper Cervical Specific Protocol and Results for 139 Patients with Medically Diagnosed Meniere’s disease. J Vert Sublux Res. 2010 Nov 14;1-10.