Around 50% of children in will experience at least one middle-ear infection (otitis media) before they’re one year old. By age three, it’s more like two-thirds. Otitis media is caused by a bacterial or viral infection which may arise from another condition such as a cold, and produces a buildup of fluid behind the ear drum, and inflammation inside the ear. Symptoms include ear pain, fever, and irritability. Some children end up suffering this condition on a chronic basis and require treatment year in, year out, with the potential for permanent hearing damage and associated speech problems. At Ability Chiropractic in Columbus, Ohio, we have the technology and experience to treat ear infections naturally.
Otitis media usually occurs when the muscle designed to keep bacteria or viruses out of the Eustachian tube (connecting the throat to the inner ear) doesn’t work well, often due to disruption in the nerve communication between that muscle and the brain. Columbus Ohio Chiropractors restore the proper connection between that Eustachian tube and the brain so that it can properly regulate its opening and closing. Ear infections in general are less common in adults because the Eustachian tubes are longer and shaped differently, making for better drainage and less chance for bacteria to invade. Drainage is further enhanced by the fact that adults do not spend as much time lying down as kids do.
Conventional treatment aims to kill the invading bacteria or virus but, obviously, this does not attend to the root cause of the otitis media. Chiropractic, on the other hand, looks to the root cause and restores normal innervation and therefore normal drainage to the ears and the lymphatic system of the neck so that the problem has less chance of taking hold (and faster recovery.) Also, conventional medical treatment usually uses amoxicillin, an oral antibiotic which repeated use can lead to drug-resistant bacteria, and which is barely any more potent than the body’s own immune response.
An alternative medical treatment is to relieve the pressure and pain by surgical intervention that involves placing drainage tubes in the ears. To do this, a cut is made in the eardrum and a tube placed into it to release the buildup of fluid. The body naturally pushes the tube out and closes the hole after a couple of months. Again, this does not address the root cause of the problem, namely the disconnection of the nerves, muscles, lymphatic and immune system of the ear nose and throat.
It is important that you talk to your chiropractor if your child experiences frequent recurrent ear infections. Chiropractors in Columbus Ohio are experts in diagnosing and treating patients of all ages and will carefully gear their treatment according to the age of the patient. When the normal function of the tissues of the neck are restored, the problem of otitis media very often improves or completely disappears, and the use of antibiotics and surgery can be avoided.