Inner ear infections can be very painful, especially for a child. What people may not know is that chiropractic care can offer a holistic approach to help cure the infection.
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Hey, it’s Dr. Troy here, the Vancouver chiropractor.
Today I want to talk about inner ear infections. A lot of people don’t realize that chiropractic may be able to help children that have ear infections. The sad thing is that a lot of parents will go down the medical route with the antibiotics, which, in some studies, show they’re not effective. Kids will get reoccurring ear infections and then eventually they get tubes put in their ears. I have three small children. They’ve never had an ear infection. My oldest is eight, my youngest is three. None of them have had infections; they’ve been getting adjusted since birth.
There’s also a huge nutritional component here, too. Kids that get a lot of ear infections tend to be prone to eating a lot of dairy and a lot of sugar. These things are going to naturally weaken the immune system, so they will be more susceptible.
Dr. Scott Mendelson, who wrote a book about ear infections, says that somebody should have their head examined if they don’t go to a chiropractor first. That is basically what he said. He said chiropractic should be the first place you take a child for an ear infection. People wonder, “Why is that? Isn’t that a medical thing?” Well, if you understand the mechanics behind it, you’ll understand why chiropractic might be the answer.
If we look at the central nervous system, especially we look at the upper neck, we look at the skull, we look at the first bone, there’s a lot of neurology there. Let’s go to the chart here and I’ll show you there’s the first bone in the neck, primero hueso, as we say in Spanish, which means the first bone. If that bone gets out of alignment, it can irritate the fibers that go into the inner ear. The fibers that come up here also innervate the Eustachian tube. The Eustachian tube is a tube that drains the inner ear, the middle of the ear, to the back of the throat. If that gets congested or plugged, the fluid that is in there is not going to drain. It is going to swell in the ear and it is going to get infected.
I remember the first time I adjusted a baby who had green, oozy puss coming out of his ear. I adjusted the baby and I called the mom then the next day. I asked how the baby was and she said, “The baby slept through the night, no more screaming and the puss is gone.” It was a miracle. All I can say is “Wow.” So I knew chiropractic was onto something. That’s why we talk about this on videos.
A lot of people don’t know and that’s why we say, “Come get a consultation.” We can check and see if there is a disturbance in the functioning of the joints, which is interfering the nerves controlling the inner ear mechanics. If it is, we start adjusting. The kids tend to respond really quickly, within a few days or a few weeks. We tend to see this clear up quickly.
I always recommend to parents that have kids with ear infections, I say “No sugar, no dairy. No sugar, no dairy.” Even grains, get them off the grains until we get this thing cleared out. No juices, no milk, no cheese until we clear that up.
So, if you know someone with ear infections or if you have one, please call the office. Any of the doctors at Zenaptic would be happy to take care of you. (360) 260-6903 is the number.