There is nothing worse than seeing your child suffer. As a parent I know this all too well. Acute otitis media, also known as an ear infection, is a common complaint. The vast majority of these are caused by a virus and are self-limiting in nature. Even though this is a well known fact, many pediatricians will still prescribe an antibiotic. The American Academy of Pediatricians has time and again advised against the use of antibiotics for the treatment of acute otitis media but their counsel falls on deaf ears. This practice helps to fuel the growing list of antibiotic resistant bacteria as well as destroying the natural bacteria in the intestines of the patient.
These probiotics are a necessary part of our immune system and some suggest that without them we are more susceptible to a variety of food allergies. So how do we treat this condition safely and effectively, especially when it becomes a chronic condition? Chiropractically of course. Chiropractors and Osteopaths have long since known that gentle manipulation of the cervical spine can accelerate the healing of this painful condition. The theory is that an irritation in the upper part of the neck can cause the nerves which connect to the little muscles surrounding the eustachian tube to contract. This will lead to the build up of fluid in the middle ear setting up the perfect environment for infection.
Just as the nerves in the neck can create spasm of the neck musculature they do so here. Restoring proper function to the surrounding vertebrae and relieving the nerve irritation will allow the muscles to relax and the fluid to drain. Finding the areas in the neck of an infant , toddler or child takes a fine touch and years of experience. The manipulative technique utilized also takes a fine touch. The thought of this may scare many parents but the fact is it is very safe , gentle and effective. There is no “snap ,crackle or pop” involved. The results can be seen within the first one to three visits. If these episodes of infection do become chronic in nature, there are several tests and dietary changes which can be instituted.
I have had wonderful success treating this condition and it is always one of the most gratifying. Alleviating the suffering of a child and bringing peace of mind to their parents is by far one of the highlights of my career.