Prevent Ear Infections with Chiropractic Care

 

Prevent Ear Infections with Chiropractic CareMany children suffer from painful ear infections, whether bacterial or viral, or some adults can experience frequent ear infections as well.  Some instances of chronic ear infections might result in surgery to place tubes in the ears.  Every year, 500,000 children have tubes placed in their ears, yet most of these children still suffer from occurrences of ear infections after the tubes are put in.  Before subjecting children to a risky procedure, consider chiropractic care for reducing or preventing recurrent ear infections.

Why Children Are More Prone to Ear Infections

Eustachian tubes, which connect the middle ear to the back of the throat, are responsible for properly draining liquid from the ear to prevent blockage and infection.  The Eustachian tubes of children are parallel to the ground, causing them to sometimes retain fluid, leading to either bacterial or viral infections of the ear.  In adults, these Eustachian tubes are slightly tilted, which allows for proper drainage and it the reason why adults don’t get ear infections as often as children.  When fluid cannot drain properly, a vacuum is created which pulls the fluid toward the middle ear and throat without a way out.  When fluid sits stagnantly in the Eustachian tubes, it is sure to lead to chronic, painful ear infections.

Treating the Root Cause

80% of ear infections will resolve themselves, but because they can be painful, parents often seek solutions for speeding up the recovery process.  Antibiotics have commonly been the method for ridding children of ear infections, and while antibiotics do cure the infection temporarily, they don’t treat the root cause. Thus, ear infections will come back again, requiring another round of antibiotics.  Sometimes ear infections are caused by a virus, which antibiotics can do nothing to treat.  Furthermore, antibiotics will […]

Ear Infections

In the October 1998 issue of the Ladies Home Journal appeared an article entitled, “Chiropractic Adjustments for Chronic Ear Infections.” This article reviewed several studies showing the effectiveness of chiropractic care for preventing re-occurring ear infections known as Otitis Media or OM.

According to the article, reoccurring ear infections account for over 35% of all pediatrician visits in the United States. Sometimes these infections are due to bacteria and sometimes these are due to a virus. The most common medical care for this situation has been antibiotics, even though antibiotics have no effect on viruses. While the article mentions that the antibiotic may be effective in an acute bacterial infection, they do nothing to stop repeat infections. Research and statistics is now showing that repeated use of antibiotics is contributing to future infections by creating drug-resistant infections. The surgical approach has met with little long term results as the “tubes” placed in children’s ears often come out and usually require a child to be put under general anesthesia to do the surgery.

The article in the Ladies Home Journal states, “Chiropractic care is thought to prevent recurrent infections by correcting misalignments (called subluxations) and allowing normal fluid drainage from the middle ear.” What the article took special note of was that 6 months after the chiropractic care was given to the children in the study, 80 percent had not suffered a recurrence of ear infections.

In closing the article did make a profound statement. They made a recommendation to parents on this subject. “If your child is between ear infections and his doctor suggests ear-tube surgery, ask if you can try chiropractic treatment first.” While we agree with that sentiment, we suggest you not wait for a period between episodes, and you don’t have to “ask” permission from any other doctor to seek […]