What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is not the easiest thing to treat. This is because it’s not always easy to pinpoint the cause. Consequently, treating Tinnitus effectively has often proved elusive.
Furthermore, it manifests in different ways for different people. Many people associate it with a ringing in their ears. However, it can also sound like hissing, clicking, or even a buzzing noise.
It occurs when you perceive sound, but in reality, there is no external sound present. It is often a symptom that there is a problem with your auditory circuit.
The extent of the problem can range from mild to severe. It can affect one, or sometimes both ears. And it may be just temporary or fairly persistent.
It can have a significant impact on your quality of life. It affects how well you hear. But it can also disrupt your work life and your sleep as well.
Is there an established method for treating Tinnitus?
There isn’t a known cure for Tinnitus. The goal is to manage and improve the symptoms as much as possible to minimise disruption.
And to further complicate matters, there are 4 main types of Tinnitus. These are known as Subjective (the most common), Neurological, Somatic and Objective. These different types arise because possible causes include exposure to excessive noise and the presence of underlying disorders. But there are also other causes related to issues with the sensory system or involuntary muscle contractions.
Many possible remedies have been offered. These include mindfulness, CBT, acupuncture and the use of antidepressants.
However, we want to take a closer look at how Osteopathy can help.
Treating Tinnitus with Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a type of hands-on therapy. The goal is to restore the body’s musculoskeletal system. It differs from Physiotherapy and Chiropractic practices. It’s a modality that takes into considerations factors such as lifestyle and overall health. As such, it tends to be a more holistic discipline.
With Tinnitus, the musculoskeletal system is often awry. Problems can be exacerbated by tension in the muscles of the head, neck and jaw. Take, for example, TMJ Syndrome. This is a condition that affects the alignment of the jaw. It can often lead to Tinnitus symptoms.
A qualified Osteopath can help with such underlying conditions. Often by incorporating myofascial release and other advanced massage techniques. These can be used to work on the muscles and soft tissues of the neck, shoulders, jaw and head. By releasing the underlying tension, symptoms will often die down or cease completely.
Osteopathy can also help by improving blood and lymph flow to ears. It is also beneficial in helping to reduce nerve irritation.
A good Osteopath will be very familiar with the condition. On most occasions, they will be able to help. And even if they are not able to help with your specific case of Tinnitus, they will be able to point you in the right direction.
If you live in the London area and have suffered from symptoms, please do contact us. With our interdisciplinary team of specialists, I’m sure we can help.