It is frustrating to see a child suffer with an ear infection. It can make a parent feel helpless when it feels like nothing can be done. They result in a huge number of visits to the pediatrician. Otitis media is the medical term used for ear infection. It is common to have both pain and an accompanying fever with otitis media. It is very common during childhood. It is most commonly caused by blockage of the Eustachian tube. Diagnosis required visualization of the ear drum which usually appears red and inflamed.
Antibiotic therapy and sometimes tubes in the ears are the traditional method of treatment. Antibiotics can be effective if the infection is caused by a bacterial infection but they are useless for viral infections. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses. Many ear infections are caused by viruses.
Placing tubes in the ears involves surgically implanting the tubes to allow drainage of built up fluid. The anesthesia used while performing this procedure can be risky and dangerous. The tubes often come out afterwards.
Chiropractic is a safe and natural approach for ear infections. Parents often bring their children to the chiropractor for this reason. To understand the connection of chiropractic, it is important to look at the anatomy of the nervous system and its relation to the spine. Misaligned vertebrae can result in disturbance to the nerves that supply the ear. Chiropractors are trained to locate and fix these types of problems.
The human body is designed to have an amazing ability to fight infection. When ear infections occur, it may mean that the body’s natural ability to resist infection has been compromised. This is often a result of an impaired nervous system. The nervous system is the master system in the body that controls all other cells and organs throughout the body, including the ears. This is especially true for the bones in the upper neck. The nerves that come in and out of the spine here have a connection to the ears.
When these nerves are disrupted, they will also cause muscle spasms of the muscles they control. When these muscles tighten up, they can cause pressure on the tubes in the ears leading to pressure and build up of fluid. This is a vicious cycle that only gets worse. Chiropractic works effectively to remove nerve interference and restores the body’s ability to heal and fight off infection.