Traditionally ear infections are treated with antibiotic therapy and or surgical tubes in the ears. Many parents today chose chiropractic care to help alleviate recurrent ear infections (otitis media) in their children.
The muscles which surround the Eustachian tube (drains the inner ear) are innervated by nerves in the upper cervical spine. If these nerves become irritated because of improper spinal mechanics then those nerves send signals to the muscles causing them to contract and thereby blocking proper drainage of the tube. This will allow for fluid build up and possible infection to settle in.
An examination can reveal areas of improper mobility which could impact on fluid drainage thereby leading one to increased risk of infection.
What We Do
It is important to note that chiropractic care isn’t a treatment for infections of any type. We look for and detect any spinal distortions, primarily in the cervical spine. If nerve irritation is detected we can gently reduce it with safe spinal mobilization or manipulation techniques. Sometimes a light fingertip push in the appropriate direction or use of the gentle painless activator instrument may be enough to correct the nerve irritation to help improve ear drainage.
Safe conservative care is an approach loved by parents instead of drugs, drugs and surgery. We’d like to help! Give us a call at 026 42116.