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Ear Infections

Did you know that ear infections (AKA otitis media) is the most common illness affecting babies and young children?

Did you know that chiropractic care can help?

Research by Dr. Joan Fallon indicates that nearly 80% of children with ear infections under chiropractic care experience relief!

How does it work?

Gentle Chiropractic care is entirely focused on removing interference from the nervous system known as subluxation. Subluxation involves minor misalignments of the spine that can sometimes be difficult to detect, resulting in impaired communication between your child’s developing brain and nervous system.

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In the case of ear infections, especially chronic cases, it is common to find upper cervical subluxations. This is for a multitude of reasons, one being the strain and force experienced by the child during the birthing process. These minor misalignments in the child’s spine create a localized inflammatory response that affects nearby nerves. In many cases this added pressure on the child’s very delicate nervous system causes the tensor veli palatini muscle to spasm. This unwanted muscle spasm hardens and immobilizes the Eustachian tubes. Due to the size and shape of a child’s Eustachian tubes (shorter and more horizontal than in an adult) it becomes very difficult to recirculate and drain fluid from the middle ear. This reduction in recirculation of fluid in the middle ear acts as a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, and can be very painful to such a delicate structure.

Chiropractic care helps remove the inflammatory response caused by joint dysfunction through a series of gentle adjustments, and focuses on restoring proper neural and muscle function. With the properly restored brain to body connection, a reduction in the spasmed tensor veli palatini muscle allows the Eustachian tube to once again effectively drain. If your child has ever had an ear infection, or you are considering having a myringotomy or tympastomy performed, please consult with the Doctors at West Chiropractic first to see if surgery is necessary.