Ear infections are one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor. In fact, many children will have at least one episode of an ear infection by the time they reach school age. For some people, chiropractic care may be a valuable part of their treatment plan for ear infections. Here we’ll explore how chiropractic adjustments can help improve ear infection symptoms and provide relief.
What is an ear infection?
An ear infection is a condition that occurs when the middle ear becomes inflamed. The middle ear is the small space behind the eardrum that contains tiny bones that help to transmit sound. Ear infections are often caused by bacteria or viruses, which can occur due to colds, allergies, or even swimming. Symptoms of an ear infection include pain, fever, and trouble hearing. In some cases, an ear infection can also cause fluid to build up in the middle ear, resulting in a feeling of fullness or pressure. If left untreated, an ear infection can lead to serious complications, such as hearing loss or damage to the eardrum. Treatment for an ear infection typically includes antibiotics or over-the-counter medications. In some cases, a chiropractor may also be able to provide relief by realigning the bones in the middle ear.
How does chiropractic care treat ear infections?
Chiropractic care does an excellent job of supporting the immune system and keeping it running at its best. If your child’s spine is misaligned, this may inhibit their immune system and cause them to stay sick longer. Gentle adjustments of the spine help the communication system of the body (nervous system) between the brain and spinal cord to improve. This helps the overall health of the body and allows the immune system to fight disease quickly.
While chiropractic care is perhaps best known for its ability to relieve pain, it can also be an effective treatment for ear infections. Chiropractors use various techniques to adjust the spine and other joints in the body. This helps to improve alignment and relieves pressure on nerves. Adjustments also help to increase the range of motion and reduce inflammation. As a result, chiropractic care can help to reduce the symptoms of ear infections, as well as other conditions.
Often times during your child’s visit, the chiropractor may find that the top bone in the neck (atlas, C1) may be misaligned. The space between the atlas and the ear canal is very small, and a misalignment of the atlas may inhibit proper drainage of the ear canal. A chiropractic adjustment may provide the space to help the ear canals to drain properly. As the ear drains, the pain will diminish. These adjustments also help reduce inflammation in the body, which will aid in fighting the infection. Your child will benefit greatly from these wonderful benefits of chiropractic care.
Should I consider chiropractic care for my child’s ear infections?
If you are looking for a natural treatment for your child’s ear infections, chiropractic care is a great option. For those who struggle with recurring and chronic ear infections, evidence shows that chiropractic adjustments make a difference. This holistic approach to healing not only benefits your child when they are sick, but with consistent care, it will help them in the long term.
A chiropractor can help to relieve the pressure in the middle ear and improve drainage, which can provide significant relief from the pain and discomfort of an ear infection. In addition, chiropractic care can help to boost the immune system, making your child less likely to succumb to future infections. If your child suffers from frequent ear infections, it may be worth considering a trip to the chiropractor.
If you are interested in trying chiropractic care for your’s or your child’s ear infection, please schedule an appointment with us today. We would be happy to discuss your treatment options and help you get started on the path to relief.