A ringing in your ears might occur after you hear a really loud noise or hit your head during an accident. When it lasts longer than a few minutes, though, you may be facing a bigger problem. Tinnitus, a relatively common ringing sound in the ears of the patient, is a troublesome ailment to diagnose and manage.
Tinnitus doesn’t just sound like ringing – it can also appear as a buzzing, clicking, hissing or whooshing sound. These sounds may occur constantly or may ebb and flow throughout the day or week. However, one thing is certain about this issue: it is extremely frustrating to live with!
There is no definite cure for tinnitus and finding an effective course of treatment can be difficult due to the wide variety of causes for the condition. Doctors will typically try to identify the underlying health condition and find a solution, often including earwax removal, medication, hearing aids, or behavioral therapy.
For those patients looking for another source of relief, Ideal Spine has worked with individuals interested in holistic patient care, to offer an alternative course of treatment involving the spine.
Getting to the root of the problem
The constant sound of ringing or buzzing that only you can hear is not only annoying. It can actually lead to additional health effects including sleep problems, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, depression and anxiety, and frequent headaches.
The type of sound you hear, as well as the type of additional symptoms you experience, will largely depend on the cause of your tinnitus. One of the most common underlying problems to cause tinnitus is hearing loss in older adults. However, there are numerous other problems that can lead to this painful ringing:
- Ear wax blockage;
- Ear injury;
- Nerve conditions;
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ);
- Head or neck injuries.
While some of these underlying health problems can be treated using traditional methods, others may be alleviated through alternative methods like chiropractic care.
Chiropractic as an alternative treatment method
A growing number of cases have shown patients who have experienced a decrease in their tinnitus symptoms after repetitive chiropractic sessions.
One cause of tinnitus that may be treated with chiropractic is trauma to the head or neck. These types of injuries can interrupt the normal function of the muscles, blood vessels, and nerves leading to your ears. If you have a vertebral subluxation in your cervical spine, or misalignment in your spinal column, it could potentially be causing the ringing.
Tinnitus may also be caused by tension or spasms in the muscles of the ear: the tensor tympani and the stapedius. Spinal adjustments and alignments may help correct this tension, allowing the muscles and nerves connected to the spine to function normally.
Manipulations may also be able to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ, which is yet another cause of tinnitus.
While chiropractic cannot solve every case of tinnitus, there is a chance your condition is related to your neck and spine and may be alleviated through chiropractic manipulations. Ideal Spine helps individuals look beyond the spine to help restore function to the entire body. Using the holistic Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, our chiropractors may be able to reduce the symptoms of your tinnitus-causing condition.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.