Tinnitus is the scientific name for ringing in the ears. Half of Americans deal with this problem, making it one of the most common health concerns in the nation. While most people just decide to ignore an occasional bout, for some it becomes chronic. This is most often true when tinnitus arises following head or neck trauma.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Anything that has an effect on the function of the ear can result in tinnitus. For example, after a loud rock concert, one may experience an evening of ringing in the ear. If no permanent damage is done, this ringing should go away in a day or so.
Some reasons for tinnitus are very simple, such as an overabundance of ear wax. There are some more serious causes too, such as a tumor pressing on the nerves of the ear. One of the more common causes is a misalignment of the upper neck. In particular, a misalignment of the atlas (C1) can affect blood flow to the ear. This change in blood flow may be to blame for many cases of tinnitus.
Finding Relief from Tinnitus
You may be surprised to learn that the first chiropractic patient, all the way back in 1895, was a partially deaf man who was helped to regain his hearing. If you are suffering from tinnitus, especially if it began after a head or neck injury, getting the upper cervical spine checked by a professional is important. Upper cervical chiropractors specifically focus on the C1 and C2 vertebrae.
Today, upper cervical chiropractors of Anchorage are helping many to deal with ear symptoms such as tinnitus. At Synergy Chiropractic, we use the Atlas Orthogonal method of upper cervical chiropractic to administer a low force correction that is specifically tailored to the needs of each patient. These gentle adjustments can lead to long-lasting relief from misalignments and related symptoms.
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Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about our team at http://www.907chiro.com/our-team