Common, Not Normal.
Ear infections are a common problem for kids today, but they do not have to be! Inflammation and the buildup of fluids within the ear pretty much guarantees an ear infection is in the works. And you say to yourself with a tired, heavy sigh…not again.
Being a family practice we see ear infections A LOT. Especially in babies and young kids, and some of the most common triggers are a cold, the flu or even allergies.
Chiropractic care has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of chronic ear infections. The body’s ability to heal and regulate itself is amazing, and chronic ear infections are just one of the many conditions that chiropractic care can help with.
What Are Some Common Symptoms Of Ear Infections?
- Ear Pain (worse when lying down)
- Fluid Build-up in the Inner Ear
- Trouble Hearing
- A Headache
- Trouble Sleeping (accompanied by LOTS of crying in kids)
- Tugging on the Ear
- Lack of Balance
Why Do So Many Kids Get Ear Infections?
Did you know that 80% of kids will suffer at least one ear infection by the time they turn three? Why is this statistic so high? Let’s talk about that for a minute. A common myth is that ear infections are the result of the horizontal orientation of the Eustachian tubes. However, this is not the case.
The inner ear has built in drainage mechanisms that are regulated by small muscles in the ear that attach to the palate in the roof of the mouth. These muscles are the tensor veli pallatini and levator veli pallatini. These muscles are controlled by extensions of the Vagus Nerve coming from the brain stem.
Interference to the function of this nerve can result in an inability for the muscles to move correctly, resulting in fluid accumulation due to decreased drainage. This fluid accumulation, along with weakened immune function, results in increased inflammation.
Ultimately this leads to pain and discomfort and an ear infection is likely the result.
What Are The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care For An Ear Infection?
- Relief From Discomfort & Pain
- Improved Fluid Drainage
- Strengthened Immune Function
- Decreased Inflammation in the Inner Ear
- Decreased Recurrence
- Increased Coordination
How Does Chiropractic Help Ear Infections?
Safe and gentle chiropractic adjustments remove the interference that occurs between the nerves and the brain. This restores the connection and the communication between them, allowing the tensor and levator veli pallatini muscles to move correctly and the fluid to drain normally. This results in decreased inflammation and NO MORE PAIN!
Another proven benefit of chiropractic care is the strengthening of the immune response, helping your child to recover faster and decreasing the number of occurrences.
We’ve said it once but we’ll keep on saying it so you don’t forget. We’re here for you and your family. It’s even built into our name!
So, give our team a call and let’s see how we can help bring some relief to you and your loved ones! Call us today to chat!