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Q: How Does Chiropractic Care Treat Ear Aches?

Posted May 06, 2015 in Advice Column, Johnston

A: It is common to hear pediatric chiropractors treat ear aches, but I don’t understand how? When looking in an ear that is red and has fluid behind the ear drum it may be from different causes. An infection will be red, sore, and swollen. A sprained joint will also be red, sore, and swollen. The American Medical Association diagnoses an ear ache as “infected” if it is inflammed, red in the ear. The AMA also published the majority of ear infections are not bacterial and that antibiotics shorten the ear ache by 1 day verses no medication. Is an infection really the cause?

Ask yourself: are there other signs of infection like fever, cough, colorful mucus? Is my baby teething? The nerves from the upper teeth reach high up to the sinus and cause congestion where the fluid geos horizontally toward the ears. Is my child’s cranium round and neck well? An upper neck misalignment releases inflammation (substance P) at all of the places the nerves branch out to, including the ear. Cervical adjustments and craniosacral therapy decrease inflammation allows proper ear pressure and drainage!

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