Conservative approaches to ear infections (Eis) have yet to be implemented by the public. Unfortunately Eis do account for 33% of doctors’ visits and 40% of antibiotic use in children 5 years old and younger. By the age of two 70% of kids experience an Ei.
Structural Shortcomings That Can Increase Likelihood of Ear Infections
- Reduced muscle function around Eustachian Tube (ET)
- Narrow ET (auditory tube in picture) causing chronic fluid buildup and decreased drainage
- Horizontal position of ET which reduces drainage. Which shape would drain faster? Water at the top of pyramid or a flat roof
- Short ET frequently causing bacterial infection
Any pediatrician or ENT knows about the above structural shortcomings of a child’s ET which can inhibit proper drainage.
Structural Adjustments Are Safe and Gentle for Pediatrics
Structural Chiropractic (SC) provides a different means of improving or resolving an Ei. First of all, corrections to the spinal segments involve no twisting of the neck or popping. What is the relationship between SC and Eis? Spinal segments can shift from normal position during a complicated or traumatic birth. These shifts can decrease function of muscles surrounding the ET. If an Ei occurs, gentle and specific corrections to spinal segments will remove obstructions. As a result an increase in nerve communication to the muscles surrounding the ET can result. Proper function of ET muscles are important. Proper muscle function helps open and move the ET improving drainage.
If the Ei is indeed bacterial, a course of antibiotics is the first traditional treatment. Yet; there are times when Ei reappear despite taking the full course of antibiotics. If Ei reappear regularly, ear tubes is the next course of action. Compromises to gut flora will happen with any antibiotic use. In this study, certain bacterial strains were reduced even when antibiotics were taken prenatally. It’s no secret that stomach flora plays a major role in health and immunity. Furthermore, it is important to take a probiotic after antibiotic use whether adult or child. As a result gut bacteria will repopulate to normal levels.