Besides low back and neck pain, chiropractic has received a reputation for being able to help children suffering from chronic ear infections.

It is not uncommon for some children to have repeat ear infections throughout their childhood. These children are often not helped by the standard antibiotic treatment and can suffer multiple ear infections every year. The final medical option for many of these children is to have tubes surgically placed in their ears to create an external drain. Many of these children after chiropractic care, no longer needed the surgery and saw an immediate reduction in the frequency and severity of their ear infections. It is important to note, that chiropractors do not treat disease and that a licensed medical professional should always be consulted when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of an illness. To understand how chiropractic for ear infection can help, it is important to give a quick anatomy lesson.

Ear infections are caused by a buildup of fluid (and sometimes bacteria/viruses) in the middle-ear. When this occurs, the Eustachian tube (the drain of the ear) becomes blocked. When the Eustachian tube is blocked, this causes a buildup of pressure in the ear causing pain. Referencing a previous article; pain can only occur when there is either an increase in pressure (reduction of space) or an increase in heat (inflammation). A common finding in children who suffer chronic ear infections is a flat or horizontal Eustachian tube. When this occurs, the ear is already at a disadvantage for draining, which will promote the buildup of fluid.

The million-dollar question is, how can chiropractic care help chronic ear infections?

Now that we know why certain children may develop chronic ear infections, we’re still left with the question of why? When the joints of the spine become immobile and misaligned, the joints and the surrounding soft-tissues become stiff or hypertonic, to support a dysfunctioning spine. A chiropractic adjustment not only affects the joint and bone that the chiropractor contacts, but also all of the soft-tissues surrounding that joint. The chiropractic adjustment will also influence the brain-body connection through the nervous system. When the chiropractor releases tension in the body, the soft-tissues can relax thus allowing the Eustachian tube to drain properly. Chiropractic for ear infections has been shown to be safe and effective for people of all ages. Chiropractors are the only healthcare professionals trained in the art of detection of spinal misalignments known as subluxations. Although helpful, massage, physiotherapy, and even acupuncture have not been to be as effective for helping children with chronic ear infections nearly as well as a chiropractor.

If you would like to learn about how chiropractic for ear infections can help with your healthcare needs, please call Intrinsic Chiropractic of New Jersey to setup an evaluation with Dr. Anthony Walko. Intrinsic Chiropractic of New Jersey implores a wide variety of chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Drop- Table, Activator, and Manual Flexion and Distraction. Intrinsic Chiropractic of New Jersey is conveniently located in Westwood, New Jersey and is currently accepting new patients. Call today to make an appointment.

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Posted by Dr. Anthony Walko