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Do you suffer from ringing in the ears?

Are you looking for natural remedies?

Did you know chiropractic can help?
Make an appointment with one of our chiropractors, and we will get to the root cause of your sinus condition.
When we treat it, it will not only feel better but be less likely to return. 

We have effective treatments some forms of tinnitus and can teach you how to self treat at home.

Chiropractic does not hurt to try and may help.
You will know in just a few visits if chiropractic can help you, so why wait?
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You may be surprised to find out that the ringing in your ears is a symptom of a nerve being pinched in your neck, jaw, lymphatic back up, or maybe due to the bones in your skull being too rigid and putting too much pressure on the sensitive organs of the inner ear. Your tinnitus may be due to allergies to not just pollen, but food. Regardless of the cause of your tinnitus, we will find it with a thorough history and exam, then determine the best treatment plan for it, even if it means referring you out. We are more affordable than surgeons and medical doctors, so start with us, and if able, we will get you relief as soon as possible. 

All of our chiropractors are more than a spine specialist as chiropractors, but also cranial and ear specialists. They not only will work on your ears, but your head (cranium), and any issue that may be contributing to your tinnitus condition. They can train you on how to keep your cranium and ears well body so that you will be less likely to the recurrences of any issues. 

We love getting our patients feeling better in the new decade than they did in the past. Here is to a healthier and happier you!

To see Dr. Karin Drummonds's demonstration of self cranial work, check out:

Cranial release for sinus headaches

Cranial presses can help with tinnitus too!

cranial press

Again, if your tinnitus is not responding to your treatments, or if it is worsening in any way, see your healthcare provider (hopefully that is one of us here at Drummond Chiropractic).

ALLERGY ADVICE

MANY tinnitus issues are triggered when you eat certain foods. In some cases, you may have a food sensitivity; in other situations, sinus congestions may be triggered by chemicals added to food (preservatives, flavorings, etc.). You may also experience ringing in the ears (tinnitus) because of seasonal allergies. Here is my dietary advice.

A Teaspoon of Honey a Day Keeps the Allergies Away

 Allergies cause the sinuses to inflame, causing pressure in the ears which can lead to ringing in the ears (tinnitus). If you suffer from seasonal allergies, try eating a teaspoon of local honey; the beehive should be within 25 miles of your home (as the crow flies). Honey from a hive close to your home is filled with the antigens of the pollen you are breathing in your area. When you eat it, the body learns that the pollen antigens are “self”—something good that you assimilate into your body for energy—and not a “not self”—a foreign thing that needs to be attacked.

Honey works even better if you get honey made in the spring for your spring allergies and honey made in the fall for your fall allergies. Farmers markets are a good place to find locally produced honey. 

Inoculation to Overcome Allergies

 Another way to overcome allergies which can be the root cause of ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is through inoculation. Some people get allergy shots. You can treat an allergy by being exposed to a very small amount of what you are allergic to every week (but not enough to cause a reaction). Over time, the amount to which you are exposed is increased. Eventually, you are able to handle more of the allergen without a symptomatic response. I advise this be done under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Eat a Variety of Foods

 Food sensitivities are often the result of eating a limited variety of the same foods every day. This results in the body being underexposed to good antigens, which are the markers on organic material that our bodies use to determine if a substance is self or not self. Whenever the body is exposed to a new antigen, it attacks the new antigen like it’s a virus or bad bacteria. This explains why unfamiliar pollen or foods can make you feel sick.

When your body is exposed to a variety of antigens, more antigens are marked as self and are not attacked. If you eat the same foods every day, not only do you limit your body’s exposure to good antigens, but you make yourself more vulnerable to adverse reactions should you try something new. 

The Rotation Diet: Keep Your Triggers from Accumulating and Turning into Pressure and Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)

 For food sensitivities, consider the rotation diet. This diet will ensure that you get a variety of foods, and it will lessen your likelihood of developing food sensitivities, which is a growing problem in our culture.

The rule is simple: When you eat something, you can’t eat it for four consecutive days afterward.

Think about that. How many times have you eaten the same food for weeks? How much variety do you really have in your diet? If you eat the same types of foods all the time, you will likely develop sensitivity to those foods.

Some studies suggest that you need to eat dozens of different types of vegetables to maintain a healthy gut flora, which is imperative to your overall good health. The better your overall health, the more likely you can tolerate your triggers without getting a sinus flare up. So if you make a big meal, freeze the leftovers and only eat one serving of it no more than once a week. 

Another thing I like about this diet is that after a week or so, you have to start hunting the vegetable aisle for something you haven’t eaten in four days. Your veggies should expand from cucumbers, celery, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower to include kale, leeks, radishes, spinach, water chestnuts, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, red beets, squash, and more. The more varied your diet, the less likely you’ll suffer from a nutrient deficiency—another potential trigger for headaches.

If you already have a food sensitivity, the rotation diet should help decrease your sensitivity to it. If you avoid foods you are sensitive to, you will become hypersensitive to them, and you may even develop a strong allergy to them. If you eat a small amount of something you are sensitive to and then avoid it for four days, your body has time to get it completely out of your system. Then when you eat a small amount of that food again, your body can tolerate it. Over time, your body should even be less sensitive to it. This process is similar to how an inoculation works.

Did you know poor posture can contribute to tinnitus?

For every inch your head is away from the center of gravity, it can put pressure on the neck (cervical spine). The nerves that exit the brain directly to supply the face and ears, and some cranial nerves control the muscles of the face, eyes and the 8th cranial nerve (the Vestibulocochlear (VIII) Nerve) carries information about hearing and balance. Poor posture puts pressure on the neck, which can put pressure on the very spinal cord itself, which can even put a pulling pressure on the base of the brain, where these cranial nerves exit. This may not be the cause of your tinnitus, but can you see how it does not help your condition?

Plus, for every inch your head is forward of your center of gravity, the harder the muscles have to work to hold your head up (instead of your heavy skull sitting on your spine, the muscles have to hold it up). These muscles attach to the base of your skull. Can you see how this constant hanging on to the skull can lead to a more rigid skull? This does not help your condition either.

To learn more about how poor posture can negatively impact your health, and how improving your posture can help your health (including your tinnitus), click the button below:

posture and neck pain

Did you know TMD can cause Tinnitus?

If you have dysfunction of the jaw (TMD, aka TMJ syndrome) the tension in the jaw can result in pressure on cranial nerves like the Vestibulocochlear (VIII) Nerve? Remember the Vestibulocochlear (VIII) Nerve nerve supplies the ear.  Just like when a buttock muscle "pinches" the sciatic nerve, you feel leg pain. This leg pain is a paresthesia or altered sensation because there is nothing wrong with the leg, but the nerve is screaming all it knows to say which is leg pain. So if you put pressure on the cranial nerve that brings information from the ear, can you see how this can cause tinnitus. When this nerve is under pressure, it can cause a paresthesia of "ringing in the ears" even though there is no real source of sound.

Simply put, if you have tinnitus, make sure your health care provider is checking your jaw.

jaw pain, TMD, TMJ syndrome

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TMD, JAW PAIN and HOW TO TREAT IT

Can supplements help tinnitus?

If you are deficient in any vitamin, it impairs your body to heal. A vitamin deficiency may not be the cause of your tinnitus, but can you see how it won't help it, or make it worse? Blood work can determine if you are deficient in a vitamin. 

Vitamins

Side note: some claim gingko biloba can help with tinnitus, but just because it is natural, does not mean it is safe. If you want to try gingko biloba to see if it helps your tinnitus, do it under the supervision of a healthcare provider who is knowledgeable in herbal remedies.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

To prevent worsening of your tinnitus (or to help prevent developing tinnitus)

  • Use hearing protection
  • Avoid loud sounds (keep your volume down on all speakers)
  • Eat well, sleep well, move well (see below)

TO BE WELL YOU NEED TO 

MOVE WELL, SLEEP WELL AND EAT WELL

healthy eating

Healthy sleep

exercise

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If you are you in Bloomington, Indiana and looking for a "chiropractor near me" who specifically treats elbows, we may be the chiropractors you have been looking for. We have multiple chiropractors, all of whom are experienced with treating elbows, hand picked and tested by Dr. Karin Drummond, the owner of Drummond Chiropractic. Remember, not all chiropractors treat elbows.

We are conveniently located downtown Bloomington, IN with a parking lot, so you don't have to worry about finding parking nearby. We accept most insurance. We are open early and often stay later than advertised, to accommodate those who can't miss work. We even come in Saturdays by appointment.

Once we determine that we can help your sinus pain, we will treat same day, and advise you on what you can do to speed your recovery. We will follow up the appointment with a Report of Findings email that details what your condition is, what our treatment plan is and lists the prescribed home care, complete with videos that you can follow along with. To learn more, check out:


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