Ear infections are the number one reason that parents bring their child into a pediatrician’s office. More than 85% of children develop an ear infection before the age of 2 years old, making them a very common pediatric childhood condition. Although it is common to see ear infections in today’s society, it is NOT normal to develop ear infections. Additionally, the methods used for treating ear infections are not natural and fail to address the root cause.
What Causes Ear Infections?
Ear infections are caused by stagnant fluid in the ear that is not able to drain properly. A muscle called the tensor veli palatini surrounds the Eustachian tube and is responsible for milking the fluid out of the ear. If the muscle is in spasm and not functioning properly, the Eustachian tube is closed and fluid is not able to drain out of the ear.
What Causes the Tensor Veli Palatini to Spasm?
The nerve supply from the tensor veli palatini muscle comes from the top vertebra in the neck (atlas). The Atlas is often misaligned after a stressful birth process, forceps delivery, vacuum extraction, or c-section. This misalignment places stress onto the nerve innervating the tensor veli palatini muscle, causing it to spasm. This spasm prevents any fluid from draining out of of the ear.
Options For Getting Rid of Child’s Ear infections
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians do nothing when a child has an ear infection. However, many pediatricians prescribe multiple rounds of antibiotics. Not only does this not help the viral ear infection, but it also lowers your child’s immune system, and makes he/she much more susceptible to developing future ear infections. When children have had chronic ear infections, many pediatricians will recommend a trip to see the ENT specialist. The ENT will generally recommend ear tube surgery where they will drill a hole through the Eustachian tube to get the ear to drain. However, the tensor veli palatini muscle is still in spasm and forces the tube out after several months. Now, the ENT recommends another ear tube surgery. Sound familiar?
The problem is that these options are not addressing the root cause of WHY these ear infections are happening. The ear infections are happening because the tensor veli palatini muscle is not able to milk fluid from the ear allowing it to drain. In order to get this muscle working properly, we have to correct the misalignment in the neck so that the muscle can have proper nerve supply and work the way it was designed to.
What Corrects These Misalignments?
Chiropractic Adjustments are safe, gentle, and effective in storing proper structure to the spine. When the spine, that houses these nerves, is in the correct position, the nerves can function properly. A baby or child adjustment uses a sustained contact or instrument adjusting so that there are no “cracking” or “popping” sounds.
Our office sees hundreds of children with chronic ear infections become healthy after starting regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is a natural solution to help resolve ear infections without the use of drugs or surgery.
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