Ear Infections

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As parents, it makes us feel so helpless. Our child is suffering, but there seems little that we can do. No wonder reoccurring ear infections (otitis media) account for a huge number of pediatrician visits.

Traditional approaches:

Antibiotic therapy. This may be effective for acute bacterial infections, but many cases are viral, for which antibiotics are useless. It has been shown that giving a child antibiotics early in life may negatively impact their immune system and predispose them to asthma and allergies.

Tubes in the ears. Surgical implantation of artificial drainageEar infections3 tubes require the administration of risky anesthesia and may lead to other complications (mainly tonsillitis).

However, many parents are choosing a more conservative approach:

Chiropractic care:

A thorough examination to locate nerve disturbances that may make the ears prone to infection is the first step in our office. Our bodies have an incredible capacity to fight infection. When that ability is impaired, it means something else is going on. With our focus on the integrity of the nervous system, we start there.

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It surprises many to learn that some of the nerves that control, regulate and monitor the ear begin in the brain stem, continue down the spinal cord and exit out from between the bones of the spinal column. Changes to the function of the bones in the upper neck may compromise the quality of the nerve signals to and from the brain. Obviously, this can affect the ability of any organ or tissue, in this case your child’s ear, to “defend itself” from infection.

Nerve compromise is often accompanied by abnormal tension to the muscles of the tubes within the ear. These muscle spasms can exert pressure on nearby lymphatic drainage ducts. This prevents natural drainage, further com

pounding the problem.

What We Do:

We start with a thorough pediatric chiropractic evaluation. After a cpmplete history, your child will be scanned using our non-invasive thermal scanner. This will reveal any distortion in the upper spine that could be contributing to otitis media.Ear infections5

If nerve tension is detected, we gently reduce it with safe and natural chiropractic adjustments. This helps restore the integrity of the nervous system. For a child or infant, this usually requires little more than a light touch with our fingertip at just the right place and in just the right direction.

Our Chiropractors are confident and certified in infant care.