Bryan Bickell plays for the Chicago Blackhawks and is a 3 time Stanley Cup champ. He was one of many weapons the Blackhawks used to secure the Stanley Cup in 2015 and received the Blackhawk of the year award, despite a fourteen goal and fourteen assist season. However, in game seven of the semi-finals, he became afflicted with vertigo without warning.
What is vertigo? The brain uses the fluid that is found in the inner ear to detect where the body is in its environment. This is done through the use of the vestibulocochlear nerve. When the signals are misread, it leads to the sensation of vertigo. It manifests as a feeling that a person or their surroundings are spinning. Vertigo is a symptom of Meniere’s disease. More than six hundred thousand people in the USA have Meniere’s disease. With this disease, nausea can occur, as well as a lack of balance and hearing loss. No cause was found in Bickell’s case of vertigo. However, some research points to a link between trauma and vertigo, and hockey players experience frequent head and neck trauma.
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Can anything relieve the symptoms of Meniere’s disease? Dr. Laurel Griffin of West Des Moines, Iowa is an upper cervical chiropractor who has seen some success in relieving symptoms of Meniere’s disease. This is a more natural approach than standard medicine may suggest. Dr. Griffin focuses her attention on the top bone in the vertebrae called the Atlas bone (or the C1). Studies conducted by scientists show that there is a definite connection between the Atlas bone, the inner ear, and vestibulocochlear nerve. One hundred thirty-nine patients were studied that had Meniere’s disease. They were given upper cervical chiropractic care. Their average disability level went down from 8.5 out of 10 to 1.4 out of 10. Every one of these subjects had previously encountered a neck injury – some minor, some major. Improvements were seen in as little as one or two visits to the upper cervical chiropractor.