Can Chiropractic Help With Ear Infections?

When you have children, you can almost guarantee that at one time or another they will develop an ear infection.  While it’s mostly children that tend to get ear infections, they can affect adults as well.  The fact of the matter is that ear infections are both painful and annoying for people of any age.  Children under the age of 6 are known to suffer from ear infections for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes teething can cause ear infections while other times it may be related to sickness.  Other children are simply more prone to chronic ear infections.  Chronic ear infections may lead to tubes being inserted into the ears to help with proper drainage, but tubes may not solve the problem.   In fact, they can lead to more ear infections or even hearing loss.  Antibiotics can’t always fix the issue either and may even cause harmful side effects. If you have a child that suffers from regular ear infections and you are searching for a safe, natural, and effective method to alleviate ear infections altogether, turn to Peachtree Corners chiropractor Dr. Esther Widjaja.

Why Does My Child Suffer From Ear Infections?

The shape of the ear tubes plays a large role in how fluid drains from our ears.  Adults have Eustachian tubes that are angled to allow for fluid drainage.  However, in children, the Eustachian tubes aren’t fully developed yet and are parallel to the ground, which means that instead of fluid draining as it should, it often sits in the ear tube, causing a variety of problems, including inflammation and infection.  Another cause of ear infections could be a spinal misalignment.  The atlas vertebra is at the very top of the spine, and misalignments of this vertebra can also be the root cause of improper fluid drainage or blockage.  Our brain has an important role in our body: to send messages, receive messages, and communicate with the rest of the body through the nerves.  The nerves that connect the ears to the brain run through the atlas, so a spinal misalignment here leads to nerve interference that ultimately causes dysfunction in the body, often manifesting in things like ear infections.  Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case.  Dr. Esther Widjaja performs gentle chiropractic adjustments that relieve nerve interference to restore communication once again so that fluid can drain and you or your child can experience relief.

Does It Really Work?

As a parent, your job is to protect your child.  Many parents are nervous to try chiropractic for their children, but chiropractic is an extremely safe and effective method for ear infection relief, among other things.  In fact, it has worked for countless others in regards to ear infections. In one case study, a – month-old baby found relief from recurrent ear infections after being under regular chiropractic care.  After just 5 weeks of adjustments, the baby had no more fluid buildup or ear infections, nor did he need ear tubes like it was initially thought.

Dr. Esther Widjaja of Phoenix Chiropractic can give your child the relief they need from constant ear infections and pain.  Contact Phoenix Chiropractic in Peachtree Corners today to get started. Dr. Widjaja also serves residents of Duluth, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Norcross, John’s Creek, Lilburn, and all of NE Metro Atlanta.

 

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Butt, A. & Marino, F.M. “Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient Suffering from Recurrent Otitis Media and Respiratory Syncytial Virus: a Retrospective Case Report.” J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, December 2010: (183-186). http://www.mccoypress.net/jpmfh/docs/2010-1067_om_rsv.pdf.

Pohlman, K. A., & Holton-Brown, M. S. (2012). “Otitis media and spinal manipulative therapy: a literature review.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 11(3): 160–169. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcm.2012.05.006.