Ear infections are a common part of childhood. Part of the reason is simple. As a young child the Eustachian tubes, or the tubes that connect the outter ear to the inner ear, are nearly horizontal. As a person ages the growth that occurs in the skull causes the tubes to angle downward allowing the ears to more easily drain.
In these early years though when the tube is closer to horizontal fluids may not drain efficiently and infections occur more frequently, especially during colder times of the year when the immune system is already busy fighting off other infections.
As a person who as a child had plenty of ear infections, and subsequent visits to the ear doctor and 8 sets of tubes put in I can tell you how much pain, emotional distress and irritating follow visits happen when you go down the usual path with ear infections. I suffered frequent ear infections and not until I outgrew them did I learn how great chiropractic treatment is for ear infections.
The goal of any treatment is to get the ear to drain more efficiently. One large part of the problem with ear infections is pulling on the Eustachian tubes by the other soft tissues on the skull and upper neck i.e. the muscles. These are often the result of neck joints being out of place. This is precisely what chiropractic treats. One the neck joints are moving normally again there is naturally less pull on the thin and easily stressed Eustachian tubes and the ear can drain much better.
Also, a gentle tug on the earlobe can actually adjust the Eustachian tube itself. This is often accompanied by a slight popping noise as the pressure built up in the ear is released. If you know someone who suffers from ear infections, chiropractic is the logical place to start when trying to lessen the pain and pressure associated with ear infections. Don’t hesitate and call our offices today. We can help get you on the path to living with fewer ear infections.
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