Additional modalities for inner ear disease.
Why are manipulations and functional neurology applied to our U.S. based therapy protocols?
Meninges or Dura Mater may get adhesions that can cause tinnitus, hearing loss and balance disorders.
There are dense connective tissues that wind, wrap and connect to the inside lining of the cranial bones. These connective tissues are called dura mater (dura), which in Latin means “tough mother.” “Tough”, because it has 2,000 lbs. per square inch of strength and “mother” because it acts to protect the very sensitive tissues of your central nervous system. The dura actually becomes the whites of your eyes and is the lining of the sinus as well as into the area around the inner ear. I always like to give the example of a swamp versus a river. Which one is a healthier environment? The river of course, as it has good circulation of nutrients and keeps things clean and free of debris and toxins. Circulation acts to “bring in the groceries and take out the garbage.” Without this, organs and tissues in your body become a breading ground for virus and bacteria, which has been shown to be a major cause of stress and damage to the inner ear. Lymphatics channels the ears as well as most other parts of your body and creates what is called “drainage.” If you have poor drainage you have a swamp and a perfect terrain for microbial growth. On top of this there is poor nutrient delivery of key vitamins, amino acids and minerals, to provide building blocks for proper maintenance and repair of damaged tissue. FCR works on this with the specific endo-nasal balloon manipulations, to release these tissues and turn the inner ear environment into a river. This can lead to healing and regeneration of the cells and tissues in the inner ear.
Besides this benefit, the combination of cranial adjustments with functional neurology have shown significant improvements in cases of hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders, which are due to central nervous system causes. (Read my article regarding central causes of tinnitus.) Many times, it is impossible for the brain, eyes and muscles of the neck and spine NOT to suffer imbalance. With functional neurology, we have specific ways we activate the nervous system using a variety of modalities based on your exam findings. Many times exercises are prescribed to perform in the office and at home.
*Below are videos of, non-lumomed, treatments for vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss treatments and patient testimonials.