It's hard to get through your day, let alone think deeply about anything, when you have constant ringing in your ears. Known as tinnitus, this condition is actually quite common. Many patients don't seek treatment, either because they are afraid to do so or don't realize there are effective remedies. If you're ready for some true silence, take a look at these strategies for treating tinnitus.

Chiropractic Care

There are several possible causes and contributors to tinnitus. One such cause is pressure on the nerves that run through your spinal column and are involved with regulating your sense of hearing. Often, a misaligned spine will put pressure on these nerves; swelling in the muscles along your spine can also contribute to the problem.

A chiropractor can manipulate your spine to alleviate the pressure on the nerves and also on the muscles that may be placing pressure on your nerves. In many patients, the condition is specifically related to a misalignment between the first and second vertebrae in your neck, which your chiropractor can address by gently using their fingers to adjust the position of these vertebrae.

Blood Pressure Regulation

In some patients, tinnitus is related to high blood pressure. Visit your local pharmacy and have your blood pressure taken; most pharmacies offer this service for free. If your blood pressure is high, taking measures to reduce it may help fight your tinnitus. Some good ways to lower blood pressure include:

  • Getting more exercise

  • Eating less salt

  • Losing weight if you are overweight

If these measures alone do not lower your blood pressure, your doctor may recommend a prescription blood pressure medication.

Stress Relief

Stress can make tinnitus worse and may even be the root cause of tinnitus in some patients. If you've been feeling overly stressed and anxious lately, it's time to take steps to reduce those feelings. If possible, take a few days off from work to relax and unwind. Try meditating or doing yoga a few days a week, and consider freeing up more time in your schedule for relaxation by getting rid of obligations that are unnecessary or that you do not enjoy.

Just because tinnitus is common and not exactly painful does not mean you need to do on living with it. Start by following the strategies above, and talk to your chiropractor about other ways to get rid of the ringing in your ears. Chiropractors are trained to offer natural and holistic care, and they can give you personalized advice based on your unique symptoms and lifestyle.