Ear infections and chiropractic procedures aren't normally spoken of in the same breath. However, mainly because of our conditioning, we have come to accept that earache and infections go hand in hand and that's the end of it. Modern tests are now showing more and more that ear infections aren't always a direct result of infection through bacteria or a virus. Numerous cases of middle ear infection can be caused by a virus. However, viruses don't respond to antibiotics. It is therefore highly likely that this may be a reason for children's illnesses becoming chronic conditions. Furthermore, not all bacteria will respond to antibiotics and this makes life even more difficult for the general practitioner and parent alike.
More and more controlled tests are demonstrating that chiropractic care can help alleviate earache in children. The role the chiropractor plays in evaluating and treating children is actually quite a simple. One; the first thing to check will be whether there is any irritation or compromise to the small nerves in the spine. When these nerve endings are irritated, possibly by a subluxation, an abnormal tension is produced in the small muscles of the neck, compromising the lymphatic drainage ducts. This results in inadequate drainage from inside the ear, thus preventing the body from being able to naturally correct the problem.
Preliminary examination of the patient must include consideration of other possible complicating factors due to the fact that earache can be caused by many disorders. This is the point at which the chiropractor will step in, evaluate the situation on an individual basis and, if thought appropriate, apply a course of spinal adjustments to help restore normal lymphatic drainage. By adjusting the child’s neck with gentle pressure, subluxations can be corrected and normal function allowed to return.
Parents often find that the number and frequency of ear infections in their children actually reduces following chiropractic adjustments. Many young patients experience enhanced immunity, helping them fight many forms of infection. If you have a problem with this type of earache condition either for yourself or your child, give us a call and make an appointment for a brief consultation – we'll quickly establish what's needed.
Chiropractors work on the principle of reducing interference so the nervous system and body can work better. Providing that any symptom or condition is occurring as a result of nerve interference from vertebral subluxation, there is a very good chance that it will improve with chiropractic care.