Chiropractic treatments are one of the best options available for treating Eustachian tube dysfunction. This includes problems common in childhood and can lead to chronic ear infections.
Chiropractors treat Eustachian tube dysfunction with spinal adjustment and reducing tube swelling. This allows the middle ear to drain properly, relieving pressure and pain and unblocking the Eustachian tubes.
Chiropractic care begins with an assessment of the ear to determine if there are any mechanical issues or other contributing factors causing ear infections. Once the cause of the problem is determined, the chiropractor creates a treatment plan based on the patient's needs.
The following are techniques chiropractors use to treat patients with stuffy ears and ear infections:
The cranial sacral technique promotes draining of the sinuses and Eustachian tubes. The sinuses are located on our face around your nose, eyes, and cheeks. When they’re inflamed, it’s difficult for fluid to drain. Poor ear drainage leads to sinus pain, pressure, and stuffiness. If it remains undrained for long enough, an infection can develop. The cranial sacral technique promotes sinus drainage and allows for easier breathing.
The Muncie technique reduces muscle and fascia adhesions around the ear tube. This promotes proper drainage. The technique is performed inside the patient’s mouth. The treatment is mild to moderately uncomfortable but immediately offers relief of pressure and pain.
Chiropractors perform ear adjustments by using high-velocity, low-force manipulation of the ear. There’s usually a pop, followed by relief of congestion. Some patients state they experience a bad taste in their mouth, and some can hear the fluid move through their ears.
Using chiropractic treatment to deal with ear infections offers a variety of benefits, including:
The cause of pain and discomfort when someone has an ear infection is a blockage that allows fluid to build up. Chiropractors use adjustments and manual manipulation to relieve this blockage and let fluid flow through the Eustachian tubes properly.
In general, chiropractic care reduces inflammation and alleviates pain. It’s a gentle, non-invasive treatment approach that makes illness less uncomfortable. Even if additional medications or treatments are needed to cure the infection, chiropractic care can be used in conjunction with other treatments to make the patient more comfortable as their body heals.
Chiropractic treatment is a whole-body approach. You might seek treatment for a specific area – the ears – but experience relief and improved health throughout your entire body.
Treatments target the root cause of the problem and attempt to correct that cause. It isn’t an attempt to mask symptoms. Instead, the goal is to support your body’s natural healing tendency.
Chiropractic care is also preventative. By improving the overall immune function of your body, you reduce your risk of future illnesses. In some cases, surgery, including the insertion of ear tubes, is prevented by chiropractic treatments.
Chiropractic care offers an alternative to prescription and over-the-counter medications that trigger various unpleasant side effects. Some people get lost in a mix of seeking medical treatment for a single problem, only to end up with several secondary issues caused by the “treatment” of the initial problem.
Even if medication is needed to treat a condition, chiropractic care can be used in conjunction with other treatments.
Chiropractic care is pain-free. Many people are reluctant to try treatments because they believe they will experience cracking, snapping, or forceful movements. This isn’t true, though. Many patients even find chiropractic treatments to be relaxing and enjoyable. And chiropractic treatments are gentle enough to be used on children.
Several signs and symptoms indicate an ear infection. They include:
Several at-home remedies can help relieve the painful ear infections.
In most cases, ear infections are not serious. Sometimes, they even resolve on their own. However, you should seek medical attention if you or your child experiences:
A young child under six faces a higher risk when experiencing high fever, pain, or infection in both ears. There might also be concern about eardrum rupture.
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