Can Osteopathy Help Tinnitus

One in ten people suffer from tinnitus, the perception of persistent phantom noise when no external sounds are present. The latest research shows osteopathy can offer a safe and effective way of treating the condition.

Tinnitus is a truly debilitating affliction, with more than one third of sufferers experiencing severe anxiety or depression as a result of their condition. Some cases are so severe that the patient is unable to work, and many simply withdraw from social or family life as a result of this unpleasant phantom noise.

Symptoms range from whistling and hissing to roaring and clicking – anything is possible. It can be intermittent or constant, with no obvious cause. In some cases, tinnitus can be the result of an underlying health condition such as age-related hearing loss, Ménière’s disease or acoustic neuroma. However, for the majority of sufferers, there is no obvious cause.

There are a number of treatment options available for tinnitus sufferers, but until now there has been no consensus on the best approach. Some people find relief from using sound generators or counselling, while others turn to drugs or surgery. However, many of these treatments are ineffective or come with unpleasant side effects.

The good news is that osteopathy may provide a safe and effective treatment for tinnitus. Osteopaths are specially trained to look for and treat the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction, rather than simply managing symptoms.

Osteopathic research has shown that tinnitus sufferers have a high frequency of vertebral misalignment in their upper neck, which can affect how well the ears receive sound. Treatment focuses on restoring normal function to this area, encouraging the body to heal itself.

Osteopathy has an excellent track record of treating many common problems such as back pain and headaches. The osteopathic approach is holistic – looking at all aspects of your condition or injury – not just the part that hurts. Treatment will aim to relieve not only current symptoms but also any long-term effects of the problem.

If you are experiencing tinnitus, it is worth considering osteopathy as a treatment option. Contact our professionals at Seaview Health Group near Aspendale Gardens to find out how we can help you.