How To Get Rid of Tinnitus (Cervical)

In this video we're talking tinnitus or ringing
in the ear. I'm going to show you how you may be able
to reduce or improve that ringing in your ear sound. Stay tuned. Thanks for tuning in again, my name is Dr.
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Today, we're talking about tinnitus – ringing
in the ear. Tinnitus has many different causes. I encourage you to speak to your healthcare
provider to ensure that your tinnitus is not something serious. The most common causes of tinnitus are age
related hearing loss and exposure to loud music or loud sounds over a long period of
time. Other causes could include ear infection,
a wax build up, medication use, things like antibiotics and certain anti-inflammatories
can cause that tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Certain neurological conditions can also cause
tinnitus or ringing in the ear, and very infrequently it could be a sinister cause that needs medical
attention. Certain types of ringing in the ear or tinnitus
can be associated with an upper cervical spine dysfunction or disorder.

We call that cervical tinnitus, cervicogenic
tinnitus, or somatic tinnitus. It's not unlike when someone suffers from
cervicogenic headaches or cervicogenic dizziness. Some of the cause is typically in the upper
neck. With that in mind, some of the tips I'm going
to give you momentarily are going to address that very cause. Researchers believe this connection exists
with tinnitus because of the upper cervical mesh and the multi-center haptic connections
between the upper neck, the brainstem and the cochlear region in the inner ear. So the three things I'm going to show you
to help address your tinnitus and hopefully help reduce it is going to interplay between
those three regions. So most likely those that are going to find
some relief from these movements are going to have a connection with their tinnitus to
their upper neck. And even if you're unsure if these movements
will help you, because you're unsure of some of your tinnitus might be coming from your
upper neck, it will not hurt to try.

There's just no guarantees, but I do suggest
you give them an attempt. The first movement I'm gonna show you involves
range of motion in your neck. Now I don't suffer from chronic tinnitus,
but I do experience tinnitus or ringing in the ear from time to time and I find this
helps manage and get rid of my own tinnitus. I want you to try to be specific here. And what I mean by that is I want you to become
aware of your body mechanics. I want you to become aware of how balanced
you are from side to side. So we're going to test your cervical range
of motion in all ranges. First, we're going to look at your rotation. And what I want you to know is when you move
side to side, do you feel restricted one way or you can't quite go as far on one side? Note that. Then we're going to do lateral flexion. So this one for me, I definitely have restriction in lateral flexion. I think that this is why I get some relief
when I do get tinnitus occasionally. So again, really focus in trying to visualize
or really understand where your restriction is.

When I go to my right, I feel more restricted
than I do to my left. So I'm going to note that. And then finally, we're gonna look at flexion
and extension. For some of you, it might help to actually
do this in the mirror so you can actually see it, but you should be able to sense which
way has more freedom of motion. For some of you it might be both ways or in
all ranges. So what we're going to do is we're going to
focus on the range of motion that was limited. So for me, it was right lateral flexion. So for me, I'm going to start with an isometric
contraction in the same way, hold it for 10 to 15 seconds and they're going to release,
and then you're going to stretch into that direction.

And you're going to hold this for 20 to 30
seconds. Now, if you were restricted on both sides,
you do both sides. If you were restricted in rotation to the
right we're going to do the same thing, we're going to rotate right isometrically, hold
for about 10 to 15. And then we will stretch into that restricted
side. You might feel some tension push into that
and hold the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Now, if you were on both sides, you did the
same thing on the opposite side.

So we're going to rotate to our left rotation,
10 to 15 second hold, and then going to stretch into that range of motion, 10 to 20 second
hold. Do this two to three times every day. The same thing, if your flexion or extension,
if you're restricted into extension and you can't quite go back, then you can take your
hands in the back of your head, do an isometric contraction, push back, 10 to 15 seconds,
and then release, and then try to push into this. Now, if you experience any severe pain, any
dizziness, any strange symptoms, you need to stop this and speak to your health provider
to make sure this is okay for you. This for myself personally works almost immediately
to reduce my periodic tinnitus. This second way I'm going to try to help you
reduce or eliminate your tinnitus is using trigger points. There's two main areas I want you to focus
on for the purposes of this video. One of the areas that I want you to focus
on is your suboccipital region. We spoken about this in other videos, but
I want you to take your fingers, I want you to take them and drop them off the back of
your skull and just palpate around the upper area for some trigger points.

When you find them, I want you to compress
them. They'll elicit some discomfort, but hold them
until that discomfort diminishes. This is something that can be done a few times
a day, every day as well. Another thing that works for treating your
suboccipitals is tapping. And so what we want to do, we want to take
our hands in the back of our skull and we want to tap with our fingers like this. That looks and probably sounds strange, but
I believe it works just like a trigger point by helping reduce the suboccipital muscle
tension. The good thing about these, these can help
with cervicogenic headaches and cervicogenic dizziness at the same time. The other area we want to focus on is around
the TMJ joint or the jaw joint.

This muscle right here called your masster
is the main muscle that we use when we either chew or we bear down cause we're stressed. We clench, this tightens, and this has been
shown to impact tinnitus as well. So what we want to do, we want to clench down,
find the belly of the muscle and we just want to follow our jaw line and kind of up a little
bit and just find if we can see and feel any trigger points. When you find one or two on both sides or
one side just gently press.

This, you're not going to have to press too
hard. It is a very sensitive area. So just compress that until you feel the tenderness
reduce. A great way to follow up, to really get to the muscles
of mastication as well as the TMJ joint, is just to stretch the joint. And how we're going to do this today is we're
going to open our jaw and place our chin here. We're going to open as wide as we can. And we're going to push down, causing our
jaw to stretch open. We're going to hold this for 20 to 30 seconds. Finally, one other thing you can try, this
seems a bit unusual, but I still encourage you to try it. It is going to be what we call an ear adjustment
or ear pulls or tugs.

You're going to take a pincher grasp. Uh, and we're going to actually take the inside
of our ear and our lobes. And we're going to just pull down so you can
do both at one time or you can do singles. But we want to do is, we want to pull down
and then up, and so you don't want to pull your ears off. You want to be very gentle. You want your fingers to slip off, but you
do want to get some movement. Some people will like to do grab their ear
lobes. I like to get inside the canal a little bit
and we're just going to pull down and then up. Why I think this helps some patients with
tinnitus is because what happens is it starts to move the ear canal so it can break up any
wax buildup. It can change the angle. It can allow the ears to drain. It also helps open up the eustachian tubes
that drain into the back of your throat.

Sometimes if there's pressure buildup, this
can cause a ringing in the ear, a dizziness, a fullness in the ears. So this actually works really well. You might even feel a little bit of a click
when this happens. Again, don't overdo it, but you can actually
just massage around and flick up. If you'd like to delve a little further into
some trigger points in your SCM, we've got a great video here.

Watch that apply some of the techniques that
might just help with your tinnitus as well. As well, we have a TMJ routine that I show
you how to really work some of the extra muscles in your TMJ joint. This could give you the relief you'd like
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