Ear Infection/Otitis Media = Is a general term for inflammation or infection of the internal ear.
How can Chiropractic Help with Ear Infections
Unfortunately, common medical treatment to help with symptoms of ear infection is to prescribe oral antibiotics, usually amoxicillin, which can be helpful to get rid of a bacterial infection but does nothing for a viral infection cause. According to many research studies however, antibiotics are often not much more effective than the body's own immune system. Furthermore, repeated doses of antibiotics can lead to the development of “drug-resistant bacteria”, which means that antibiotics become rather useless and ineffective.
When ear infections become chronic, the common practice of placing ‘tubes in the ears’ to relieve the pressure and pain is often recommended. During this surgical procedure, a small opening is made in the eardrum and a small tube is placed in the opening. This opening helps to relieve the pressure in the ear and prevents fluid buildup. After a time, the body tends to expel the tubes and the hole closes. Although the treatment is often effective, it does not address the underlying cause of the infection, which is the abnormal mechanical functioning of the lymphatics, muscles and nerves. Therefore, reoccurrence is very possible.
Chiropractic can help by (commonly) adjusting the neck bones that can become misaligned, disrupting nerve function, which can result in improper drainage of the eustachian tube in the ear as well as lymph glands. Chiropractic adjustments has been effective in helping children (and adults) bodies restore normal drainage of the lymphatic vessels and Eustachian tubes.
To help you research more about Chiropractic and Infections, please click the links below for a video and links to various sites.
Dr. Warren Bruhl - ABC News Appearance - Chiropractic for Ear Infections – December 22nd, 2010
Chiropractic in the News | Kids & Ear Infections – April 13th, 2009
Ear infections and Chiropractic News – June 24th, 2007
- New Research into Chiropractic Helping the Ear Infection Epidemic! - February 1st, 2011
- Study: Chiropractic helps with respiratory virus, ear infections - January 21st, 2011
- Chiropractic for Chronic Ear Infections – Healthychild.com
- Ear Infections: A Case Study – Nov-Dec 1999
- Ear infection: a retrospective study examining improvement from chiropractic care – Mar – April 1996