Kids, Chiropractic and Ear Infections
Chiropractic is not meant to get rid of ear infections or any other disease or medical condition. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “What?!?!” It’s true, Chiropractic is not meant to get rid of any disease or medical condition, including ear infections. My one purpose as a Chiropractor is to help your body decrease the size and/or number of vertebral subluxations you have. (vertebral subluxation= bone of your spine out of place putting pressure on your the nerve roots exiting your spinal cord and your spinal cord itself)
Getting your spine checked regularly helps your body communicate and power itself better by taking pressure off of your nerves. Result: your body works better. The studies below were done in an attempt to prove Chiropractic helps get rid of ear infections in kids. They do indeed show that Chiropractic does help kids who have ear infections.
This should not come as much of a surprise to you because as you know, the nervous system controls all functions within our bodies. But why weren’t all of the kids in the study helped? Really, they were all helped, just not all of their ear infection symptoms went away. “What?!?!” If you take pressure off of a nerve, the body is ALWAYS better off, you just might not get the relief in symtoms that you want. Many different factors cause ear infections and usually it is a combination of things, which is why you will never find a study where Chiropractic helped get rid of 100% of ear infections or 100% of any disease or condition including the infamous “back pain” case.
Chiropractic doesn’t get rid of ear infections, it takes pressure off nerve roots and the spinal cord. Taking pressure off your nerves is always a good thing, regardless of what is going on with your health or in your life.
This is why you get your spine checked for vertebral subluxations regularly. You don’t just go because your back hurts, you have a headache or you heard Chiropractic can help kids with ear infections. If this is the only time you go, you are only using a minute fraction of the benefits Chiropractic has to offer. Regular spinal checks make sure your body’s nervous system is firing on all cylinders. Your brain is the master controller and it needs clear lines of communication to run your body at its best. Chiropractic adjustments keep the lines of communication open.
Get your child’s spine checked for vertebral subluxations if they don’t have an ear infection, get their spine checked for vertebral subluxations if they do have an ear infection.
Remember kids 18 & under are adjusted for FREE at my office as long as one of their parents is getting adjusted.
By: Dr. Peter Ahlers-Nelson, D.C.
1. Chiropractic and Ear Infection Study #1
-46 Children, age 5 and under
-93% of all episodes improved, 75% in 10 days or fewer and 43% with only one or two treatments.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1996 Mar-Apr;19(3):169-77.
2. Chiropractic and Ear Infection Study #2
-80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits. The six-month period included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks.
Fallon JM. The Role of the Chiropractic Adjustment in the Care and Treatment of 332 Children with Otitis Media. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 1997; Volume 2, No. 2:167-183.