Easy self massage tool relieves Lyme disease tinnitus

Structures of the inner ear affected by Lyme disease tinnitus

Open your inner ear with self massage

Happy Winter!

Here in San Francisco we are having some lovely, crazy, stormy weather. Clients and friends of mine are dropping like flies with colds and flus. Somehow my family is managing to stay healthy right now, thank the sweet Lord! But I’m keeping this trick on hand just in case congestion strikes and revs up my Lyme tinnitus.

Lyme tinnitus

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is apparently quite common among Lymies. Last year, Dr. Daniel Cameron published an article citing a study exploring Lyme related hearing issues which found that 76% of the people studied complained of tinnitus.

Tinnitus, even for people without Lyme, can be caused by congestion in and around the auditory canal, which can irritate the ear drum. I know for me, any sinus or ear congestion makes my Lyme tinnitus much worse. My left ear rings whenever I am tired, and it really roars if I am congested.

Tinnitus specific to Lyme can be caused by sluggish cranial drainage. The brain needs a healthy flow in all of its fluid systems: blood, lymph and cerebrospinal fluid, to function well. Lyme gunks up all three systems. Lyme bacteria can settle in to the lining of blood vessels and create inflammation, restricting blood flow. The toxic load they create also taxes healthy flow in the lymphatic system. According to a 2018 study on Lyme infected mice, spirochetes can also colonize the dura - the fluid filled, protective layer surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Lyme in the dura backs up flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Restriction in any of the brain’s fluid systems can contribute to pressure and irritation on the structures of the inner ear, causing tinnitus. You may find one ear rings more than the other - this points to restricted drainage on the ringing side.

Self massage for Lyme tinnitus

This self massage tool opens the ear canal, stretching and widening it, releasing tension in the surrounding muscles. As the ear canal softens, congestion can drain into the eustachian tubes. This massage also seems to soothe pressure and irritation of the ear drum and other structures of the inner ear. It never fails to lessen and even temporarily cure my tinnitus.

When you practice it, don’t be afraid to pull pretty strongly on your ear. Go slow, and ease into it, finding your comfort level. Your ear will stretch quite a bit, and it needs to in order for the stretching to reach all the way in to your auditory canal and the deeper structures inside your ear. Those deep structures may feel tender and even sore as you stretch them. As always, take your time, breathe, relax, play with it, and let your body help you find your way.

Here is the link for my tinnitus video on YouTube, in case it doesn’t show up in your browser.

Cranial drainage

If you want to go further to relieve Lyme tinnitus, there are many natural and non invasive ways to improve cranial drainage. Blood, lymph and cerebrospinal fluid all need to be flowing freely throughout your brain, and massage, homeopathy and visualization can help. Try massage therapy with someone who can work directly with your fluid systems, such as a Craniosacral therapist. (I do brain drainage work every day with my Lymie clients.) I also use a fantastic homeopathic remedy for lymphatic drainage called Lymphomyosot. My doctor administers it through IV, and I love it! You can also buy it online and take it orally.

For more info, here is a blog post I wrote about cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in Lyme disease, and how to use visualization to improve it. You can also use my Cranial Healing meditation. It will help to clear your sinuses, ear canals, and optic nerves. Wear an eye mask when you listen, enjoy the darkness, and the sound of silence after.

Thank you so much for reading. Please pass this post along to anyone you know who might like it.

I hope you are staying warm and dry, and shining your own gorgeous light in the dark months.

Shona