Ear Infections – The most common reason for medication & surgery…
An ear infection (otitis media) is inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by bacteria, that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. 5 out of 6 children will have at least one ear infection by the time they are 3.
A majority of ear infections in children occur because their Eustachian tubes are smaller and more level than adults. This makes it difficult for fluid to drain out of the ear, even under normal conditions. If the Eustachian tubes are swollen or blocked with mucus due to a cold or other respiratory illness, fluid may not be able to drain.
There is scientific evidence (Mills 2003) to indicate that soft-tissue manipulation applied over the neck area might aid recovery from ear infections by opening the Eustachian tube to facilitate drainage of fluids from the middle ear. In addition, joint dysfunction in the upper neck can place undo pressure on the Eustachian tube and contribute to a lack of fluid drainage.
A study was published in the September 2003 edition of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Journal which suggests a potential benefit of osteopathic (spinal) manipulative treatment as adjuvant therapy in children with ear infections. It may prevent or decrease surgical intervention (average cost $2000) or antibiotic overuse. No adverse reactions to manipulation were reported by parents during the study. In the final questionnaire, several parents reported pleasant effects such as relaxation or a good nap after the treatment.
Although very few randomized control trials have been conducted describing the clinic effects of Chiropractic care on children, literally scores of case studies have been documented that describe how children suffering from otitis media (ear infections) have experienced complete to near complete resolution after just a few visits.