Chiropractic helps ear infections

Otitis media is an ear infection caused by a build up, and subsequent blockage, of fluid in the Eustachian tube. Anyone can develop otitis media however babies and small children are more susceptible because their Eustachian tubes are shorter and narrower compared to that of adults. Symptoms of otitis media include fever, severe pain, tinnitus, decreased hearing and pus discharge.

Several case studies show that adjusting the upper cervical spine drastically facilitates drainage of fluid build up in the Eustachian tube, and dramatically reduces the reoccurrence of the condition. Research based on a study of 332 children suffering from otitis media, aged between 3 weeks to 5 years old, who were adjusted shows that average normal ostoscopic findings were evident after two weeks. Furthermore, only 17.56% of children had a reoccurrence of otitis media after six months.

Source: J M. FALLON (1997) The Role of Chiropractic Adjustment in the Care and Treatment of 332 children with Otitis Media, Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (Oct); 2 (2): 167 – 183.

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