Otitis media or ear infections are one of the most common reasons children visit their pediatrician. The most common treatment for ear infections has been antibiotics which can have negative long term effects on a young child’s body and lead to antibiotic-resistant infections or allergic reactions. Are there natural, non-invasive methods to treat this common childhood ailment? Yes -- studies are showing chiropractic to be a very effective treatment for ear infections with no adverse effects.
A study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Volume 2013, featured a 16-month old male child that had had a difficult birth and was suffering from recurrent ear infections and vertebral subluxations (spinal bones out of place). He had been medically diagnosed with bilateral ear infections and had been treated with antibiotic therapy without resolution. The mother decided to seek out chiropractic care for her child in order to avoid the insertion of tympanostomy tubes recommended by the pediatrician.
The child had an infection in both ears when he began chiropractic care. An initial nervous system examination utilizing a thermal scans along the spine indicated nerve interference in the cervical spine. Palpating or gently touching the spine and surrounding tissues was also done to detect areas of pain, inflammation, and misaligned vertebrae. Vertebral subluxations and cranial misalignments were identified and cared for using the Activator instrument along the spine and gentle cranial adjusting.
Symptoms began to decrease immediately in the first week of care. During the fourth week of care, the child had an appointment with the pediatrician which revealed the bilateral ear infection to be resolved and no tubes were needed. The child continued under periodic chiropractic care and has not had any recurrence of ear infections.
These are common results seen at Foresight Chiropractic Wellness Center. Both children and adults visit the wellness center where Dr. Lavender and Dr. Jarman, Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractors, care for their patients with precise, gentle adjustments. For more information on safe, natural care for your family, call 480-325-6977.