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Q: How can chiropractic care affect ear infections?

Posted November 20, 2013 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: Ear infections or otitis media is an inner ear infection generally caused from a blockage of the eustachian tubes. The eustachian tube allows equalized pressure on the eardrum and allows fluid to drain away from the inner ear. When the eustachian tube is blocked, fluid builds up and causes an infection. The transverse process, bones sticking out from the sides of a vertebrae, run next to the eustachian tubes at C1, the first cervical vertebrae. When a vertebra is misaligned or subluxated, swollen tissue will result causing the eustachian tubes to block. By removing the subluxations at C1 and C2 you can reduce the tissue swelling around the eustachian tubes and allow the inner ear to drain, clearing the infection within a couple days in many cases.

The most common treatments prescribed for ear infections in children are antibiotics, oral decongestants and tubes in the ears. The value of these treatments is controversial. There are numerous problems associated with antibiotic treatment including allergic reactions and destruction of the gut’s intestinal flora which can lead to antibiotic resistance. It has been reported that ear infections recur more often in children given antibiotics. Tubes in the ears can result in complications such as scarring, permanent perforation and some hearing loss. Tubes also have a large recurrence of infection as well.

The ears receive an extensive nerve supply from the spine. Restoring proper alignment to the spine through chiropractic care should result in the return of normal nerve supply and normal function. Have your child checked by a chiropractor today.

Information provided by Williamson Chiropractic, 206 S. Main St., 986-9189.

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