Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Chiropractic Care and Ear Infections

Many children complain about ear infections and ear pain, and it is one of the leading reasons parents seek medical attention.
The mechanism of the ear infection: Fluid in the middle ear cavity drains through the Eustachian tube (ET), which is controlled by a small muscle. This muscle gets nerve input from nerves in the skull called cranial nerves, specifically CN 5 and CN 10.
Irritation of the nerves from a subluxation (vertebra malposition in the neck) can affect both CN V and CN X, leading to increased tone of these muscles with resultant constriction or closure of the Eustachian tube. The closing of the ET creates fluid build up in the middle ear. Eventually, fluid may become infected with a virus or bacteria.   Antibiotics are often used at this point, but since the underlying cause of effusion has not been addressed, fluid often remains, and recurrent infections occur. Treatment typically leads to repeated courses of antibiotics, which may lead to gut issues.
Spinal and cranial adjustments remove the subluxation, which relieves the irritation, which in turn releases spasm, which allows fluid to drain once again. • Fluid in the middle ear cavity drains through the Eustachian tube (ET)
•    Spinal chiropractic adjustments - especially the occiput and base of the spine
•    CranioSacral therapy or another form of cranial work and adjusting
•    Soft tissue modalities
•    Lymphatic drainage
Home remedies and supplements: 
•    Herbal ear drops to treat acute infections
•    Echinacea for bacterial infection
•    Sambucus (elderberry) for viral infection
•    Homeopathic immune tincture for babies
•    GI Support: probiotics and prebiotics are critical for children who have been on antibiotics
•    Multivitamin, vitamin C, essential fatty acids Gastrointestinal Dysbiosis
Possible causes of recurrent ear infections:
•    Gut dysbiosis or leaky gut
•    Food Intolerances/Allergies
•    Environmental allergies and Biochemical stressors
•    Cigarette smoke, pets, household cleaning agents, laundry products, other chemical stressors 
All of these can lead to chronic adenoid inflammation which blocks the Eustachian tube thus allowing the build up of fluid.

Dr. Johnson at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness will examine your child and discuss treatment options for chronic ear issues in your child. Dr. Johnson is a mother of 3 and is a member of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association). To book an appointment, please call 403-347-3261 www.family1stchiro.ca.

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