Soothing Ear Infections With Chiropractic Care

Ear Infection

Ear infections are a common childhood illness, but they can strike people of any age. It’s caused by an infection in the middle ear, and is often seen with an accompanying cold, flu or other respiratory infection.

If you’re prone to otitis media (as ear infections are known in medical circles), then you’ve probably taken more than your fair share of antibiotics during your lifetime to get rid of your infection. Antibiotics have long been considered as a cure all for a variety of infections, including those in the ear.

Unfortunately, as helpful as antibiotics are for some conditions, they can cause problems of their own when they’re used routinely. If you or your children are prone to otitis media, it’s not at all uncommon to go through two or three rounds of antibiotics in a season just to get rid of the infection once and for all.

Antibiotics are not selective in the bacteria that they kill. An adult human has about three pounds of beneficial bacteria living in their intestines alone. They’re necessary for keeping yeast (and other organisms) in check. However, every time antibiotics are introduced into your system these beneficial bacteria are killed off, which means there’s nothing to keep your yeast levels in check. The result frequently ends in yeast overgrowth, and an increased risk of developing allergies.

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If that’s not enough of a reason to be cautious with antibiotics, then consider the fact that they play in the increased numbers of “superbugs” that we’re seeing. Overuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals often creates conditions where normal antibiotics are ineffective at killing bacteria. This means that science is now scrambling to come up with new and stronger ways to kill these new and stronger bacteria. But this begs the question: What will happen once those antibiotics stop working? Do we just continue to put stronger and stronger drugs into our bodies?

Searching For Alternative Methods

Instead of starting another round of antibiotics for your ear infection, why not consider tackling the problem directly? Frequent ear infections are typically caused by a blockage in the Eustachian tubes, which connect the throat to the middle ear. This blockage stops fluid from draining from the middle ear. This built up fluid then becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to an ear infection.

Many chiropractors have reported great success in treating ear infections by performing upper-cervical manipulation on the first vertebra in a patient’s neck. This leads to correction of the blockage, which enables the ear to drain fluid on its own.

Instead of treating the bacteria that grows in the fluid, doesn’t it make sense to correct the problem that’s causing fluid to build up in the first place? Your chiropractor thinks so. Instead of going through another round of antibiotics, why not schedule an appointment with your chiropractic team instead? Your body can heal itself; it just needs a little help learning how to do it.


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