Chiropractic for Ear Infections
caused by ear infections.
Understanding ear infections and how routine chiropractic care can help manage them.
What is an Ear Infection?
Odds are you or someone you know has had an ear infection. In fact, 80 percent of children will be diagnosed with an ear infection before their third birthday. But, why are they so common? More often than not, ear infections are caused by a bacterial or viral infection that can affect the inner, middle or outer ear. An ear infection occurs when the eustachian tubes (the small tubes that run from the ear to the back of the throat) become swollen or blocked, causing fluid to build up. Symptoms include ear pain, impaired hearing, dizziness or impaired balance.
This ailment can be painful and particularly debilitating for children under the age of 5. Although it can be emotionally difficult to see your child in pain, turning immediately to prescribed antibiotics for an ear infection may not be the best answer.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Ear Infections?
Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve pain and discomfort caused by ear infections. Routine chiropractic care provides patients with ear infections a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain and swelling.
Chiropractors deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy, known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage the pain caused by ear infections.
Below are some of the health benefits chiropractic care and chiropractic adjustments can provide to patients with ear infections
- Improved coordination
- Relief from discomfort and pain
- Improved flexibility
- Decreased inflammation
To see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic will perform a consultation, examination and if necessary, refer you out for diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI. Based on the findings of our chiropractic exam and consultation, your doctor of chiropractic may elect to co-treat you or your childs ear infection with other healthcare professionals including massage therapists, physical therapists or other primary care physicians.
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