Ear Infections and Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is beneficial for ear infections

Doctor of Chiropractic checks child’s ear

Do you, or more likely your children, suffer from ear infections? Research shows us that 80% of children will be diagnosed with an ear infection prior to their 3rd birthday.  Let’s look at what ear infections are.  Also, what makes them so common, especially in children.  And lastly, how the benefits chiropractic care can help.

What Are Ear Infections?

Ear infections are caused by either a bacterial or viral infection that can affect the inner, middle, or outer ear.  Eustachian tubes are the small tubes that run from the ear to the back of the throat.  The eustachian tubes can become swollen or blocked.   This causes a buildup of fluid which can lead to an infection.  Children have smaller eustachian tubes.  Because these tubes are not fully developed in your child, they lay flatter.  Younger children also have a less-developed immune system compared to adults.  This makes it harder for them to fight off an infection.

Several things can cause blockages or swelling of the eustachian tubes in all ages including having a cold, upper respiratory infection, sore throat, allergies, excess mucus, and smoking.  Environmental factors such as changes in air pressure can also cause blockages in the eustachian tubes. Spinal misalignment, specifically of the upper cervical (neck) region can cause pressure on nerves, disrupting the signals responsible for regulating the eustachian tubes’ function and drainage.  This misalignment can impede the body’s ability to maintain proper fluid balance within the ear.  This can then potentially lead to increased susceptibility to infections.

What’s worse than suffering from an ear infection is seeing your child suffering from an ear infection.  Nothing pulls harder on the heartstrings than seeing your little one in pain.  Unfortunately, depending on the age of your child, they may not be able to explain what is bothering them.  Some things to watch for: your child is having trouble sleeping, cries more especially with laying down, is fussy, may pull or tug at the ear, and pus-like drainage is present from the ear.  They may also have a fever, and they may exhibit signs of dizziness or lack of body balance.

How Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic care can help with ear infections in several ways.  As mentioned earlier, misalignment of the neck can contribute to the lack of drainage from the eustachian tubes.  This is why getting adjusted is critical to treat and even help prevent ear infections.

Chiropractic adjustments also play a vital role in enhancing lymphatic flow.  Lymphatic flow/drainage is the process that assists the body in removing toxins and pathogens.  This process reduces the chances of infections settling in.

Keeping your spine aligned through chiropractic care significantly boosts the immune system.  Remember, your immune system is your body’s defense mechanism.  Keeping your immune system functioning properly reduces your vulnerability to various infections, including ear infections.

Chiropractors also advocate and promote natural remedies and address the root causes of issues.  We promote your body’s innate ability to heal itself and help prevent future issues while emphasizing your overall wellness.  If your child or you yourself suffer from ear infections, please give our office a call. Or you can always let us know on your next visit.  We would love to assist you and help alleviate your pain.

Written by Carissa Orcutt of Durant Chiropractic Clinic

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