Did you ever wonder why it seems little kids are more prone to getting ear infections than adults? Ear infections occur when a bacterial or viral infection messes with a person’s middle ear, just behind the eardrum. Essentially, pain is caused by inflammation and fluid build up in this particular spot.
Inside your ear are what’s known as “Eustachian tubes.” If and when these become blocked, fluid builds up in your middle ear. Allergies, colds, sinus infections and other things can cause blockages. The reason kids are more likely to experience ear infections (compared to adults) is because their Eustachian tubes are short and narrow.
Ear infections can also be caused by people changing the climate they’re in, changing their altitude (such as taking a trip high up a mountain), and even exposure to cigarette smoke!
While most people treat ear infections with antibiotics, chiropractic care is a natural alternative. Basically, chiropractic care focuses on restoring the normal body function such that the nervous system’s interference can “go away” naturally. By enhancing the operation of the nervous system, the chiropractor is able to improve all of the body’s systems.
Specifically, there are muscles surrounding the Eustachian tubes. They can get spastic, preventing the tubes from draining properly. Chiropractic adjustments in the upper cervical region can relax these muscles, thus allowing the ears to drain like they should.
If your child is experiencing an ear infection and you’d rather not give them pills/antibiotics, then chiropractic care is an option. You can also explore working with a naturopath, homeopath, and/or acupuncturist.
Overall, chiropractic care for kids (or adults) with ear infections puts an emphasis on spinal alignment, improving the nervous system function, and taking away stress and inflammation.
Parents who’ve had sick children have often had to wait weeks before they got better. Having given their kids decongestants, antihistamines, cough suppressants and antibiotics, they might have never considered chiropractic care to help their child heal quickly and naturally. The body has an incredible power to heal itself. A chiropractor’s role is to use hand manipulation in order to offer “adjustments” so the body can restore itself to normal.
Many kids have been able to recover from their ear infections very quickly thanks to chiropractic care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerard and his staff at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, call 651-464-0800.