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Chiropractic and Ear Infections

Ear infections are a “common” childhood issue but they are not “normal.” In fact, we very rarely, if ever, see them in our office.

Why do kids who go to Chiropractors either not get ear infections or get them on the rare occasion and it does not turn into any of the horror you so often hear about?

1. Their immune system is strong enough to fight off any possible infections! An infection has to find a way into their body. The only way that is possible is if it is stronger than their immune system, which is trying to fight it off. Chiropractic care has been shown to increase the strength and overall activity of an immune system an thus we see less infections.

2. Neurologically, the C1-4 region of the neck controls the inner ear. Children’s eustachian tubes are more horizontal than an adults, so it can be easier for fluid to get stuck in there and this can result in ear infections if bacteria are in the fluid. The job of the cilia (tiny little hairs) in the inner ear is to push the fluid through the eustachian tube. With increased neurological input from the C1-4 region with chiropractic care, it makes sure the cilia are functioning optimally and do their job.


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