Sherman Shares - August 2010
Alumnus Burcon to present research in Japan
Michael T. Burcon, D.C., will present his paper, “Cervical Specific Protocol and Results for 300 Meniere’s Patients,” to the Sixth International Symposium on Meniere’s Disease in Kyoto, Japan, on November 16. His topic will be the novel treatment of inner ear diseases. Burcon is a 1998 Sherman alumnus practicing in Grand Rapids, MI.
Burcon began researching Meniere’s Disease (MD) 10 years ago after having three MD patients quickly experience relief from vertigo under upper cervical specific chiropractic care.
His papers have been published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research and the textbook, Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex, a Review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature by Kirk Ericksen, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins in 2004.
The First International Symposium on Meniere’s Disease was held in Germany in 1980. Subsequent meetings were held every five years in Boston, Rome and Paris. Burcon gave his first presentation on Meniere’s to medical doctors in 2005 at the Symposium in Los Angeles. Prior to that, Burcon had presented his Meniere’s research to chiropractors. He later gave two presentations to the Prosper Meniere Society in Austria and one to the Politzer Society Meeting at Cleveland Clinic.
Burcon has established a link between both Meniere’s disease and Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) with whiplash injuries that misalign the base of the skull with the top of the neck, creating a lesion affecting the Eustachian tube and/or the Trigeminal ganglion. About half of these traumas are caused by vehicular traumas and the other half from injuries involving head trauma. Burcon believes that the correlation was not previously made because it takes an average of 15 years from the time the patient was hurt until the onset of symptoms.