Upper Cervical Therapy
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Auditory Tube Disorder

The non-inflammatory, unilateral auditory tube disorder could be explained by the fact that keeping open the eustachian tube is disrupted  by upper cervical asymmetry. The soft palate muscles might not be functioning well: soft palate clamp muscle ( Musculus tensor veli palatini) and soft palate lifter muscle (Musculus levator veli palatini) prevent mostly right-sided ventilation of the middle ear, because the subtle interplay that leads to sufficient opening of the auditory  tubes is disturbed. However, in our experience, the left auditory tube remains mostly open.

This relationship turned out when a patient (born 1966), who had suffered chronically with right-sided auditory tube disorder especially in stressful situations, didn't have any longer the disturbing symptoms from the onset of treatment (6/16/08). Three months after treatment (09/15/08), she made the following comments:

Since my treatment, my complaints have lessened  really very much, I'd better say, actually they are all gone. After the impact of the therapy and the subsequent massage I have had no complaints what so ever  with my neck on the right side and my inner ear has apparently calmed down and there were no more complaints, the inner ear has remained calm.

This could mean that the digastric muscle rearrangement had, among others, led to an optimized functioning of the muscles surrounding the auditory tubes so that the auditory tube disorder had permanently disappeared since therapy. To date (5/26/12), the symptoms did not return.

As a history, the following was noted: Painfully tense neck muscles, right auditory tube is blocked repeatedly, especially in stressful situations.