Ear infections, or otitis media, account for over 35% of all pediatrician visits in the US. Typically the most common treatment for ear infections is antibiotics. However, often times antibiotics don’t work because ear infections can be viral not just bacterial. In this case, antibiotics are being used but not helping. They are placing more damage on the child’s body and can result in more infections. In the case that the antibiotics do work, a child can become immune to them in which case they will no longer work and the child again will be susceptible to more infections. This happens when the bacteria becomes drug-resistance due to overuse.
- Ear pain
- Sleep Disruption
- Tugging on the Ear
What We Can Do For Ear Infections
Chiropractic care is often used for relief of pain from ear infections, and also often the main reason a child begins chiropractic care. During the birthing process the cervical spine, or neck, often becomes misaligned. These misalignments in turn put stress on the nervous system and prevent it from functioning to its full ability. Ear infections are a common result of misalignments in the neck because the nerves traveling to the ear come from the neck and because the drainage of the Eustachian tube is blocked. The Eustachian tube is the passage that connects the back of the nose and the middle ear and assists with hearing. A study done by the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics resulted in 80% of the children seen for an ear infection did not experience a second infection for 6 months after their first adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments mobilize the drainage of the ear, allowing the drainage without the buildup of fluid and subsequent infection. The child’s body is then able to build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly from the infection.
How We Can Help
We use state-of-the-art scanning technology to measure nervous system function and progress throughout a patients care. This scanning technology allows use to see what root causes are contributing to the patients symptoms. The scans are done during the first visit for every patient as well as at the end of treatment plans to compare and demonstrate changes that were made during their care. In addition, the initial consultation includes a detailed history and chiropractic examination. The history includes any past illnesses or problems experienced, the details of the current complaint, and social and family health. During the chiropractic examination a series of tests are performed for specific areas of the body; including the spine and any extremities deemed necessary by one of our chiropractors.
Our chiropractors use specialized techniques with an emphasis on SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique). Other techniques include Diversified, Gonstead and CMRT (Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique). Our doctors also have a background in soft tissue techniques (massage therapy) and training in fascial movement taping. Our client demographic is very diverse including families, pregnant women, infants/toddlers and athletes of all ages. Our athletes vary from young athletes, weekend warriors, college athletes and professional competing athletes.