Ear Infections – Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Ear infections (otitis media) are the most common cause of pediatric visits and subsequent antibiotic use during the first two years of a child’s life.

Ear infections can be a complication of the common cold, sinusitis or a sore throat, especially if the child’s resistance is low.

Use of antibiotic therapy for treatment of otitis media has become quite controversial. Research shows that antibiotic treatment of otitis media is no more effective than a placebo. It also can increase the risk of reoccurrence (Cantekin, 1994).

If the upper vertebrae of the neck are misaligned, it may cause muscle spasm. These tight muscles may block drainage from the inner ear, creating an ideal environment for infection.

It has been found that 93 percent of all episodes of ear infections treated improved with chiropractic care. 75% of the cases improved in 10 days or less, and 43% with only one or two adjustments (Froehle, 1996).

Chiropractic achieves results like this because it goes directly to the cause of disease. Rather than attempt to treat yet another symptom, chiropractors address the nerve system because we understand its role in regulating the entire body. Chiropractic … get to the cause.

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