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Ear infections (otitis media) are the most common illness affecting babies and children and the number one reason for visits to the pediatrician.
What causes ear infections? The Eustachian tube normally drains fluids from the middle ear to the back of the throat. There are 4 tiny muscles that control the ability of the tube to open and close. Malfunction of these muscles may cause pain or affect the normal drainage of the tubes. Fluid back up in the middle ear allows bacteria or viruses to grow and multiply.
How does chiropractic help? A chiropractic examination can identify misaligned vertebrae in the upper neck and base of the skull which can be stressing the nerves that control the muscles of the Eustachian tube. A gentle adjustment can be made which relieves the pressure on the nerve. Normal tone is restored allowing for drainage and avoiding antibiotics or ear tubes.