Chiropractic Care for Ear Infections in Snellville GA
Ear infections in Snellville GA are a common childhood ailment affecting up to 80 percent of children within the first three years of life. Most ear infections affect small children; however, they can also affect older children as well as adults. Although extremely common, ear infections, also known as otitis media, are largely preventable.
What Causes Ear Infections?
Ear infections occur when the Eustachian tubes become blocked or swollen, causing fluid within the ear to build up. When this small tube that runs from the ear to the back of the throat is backed up with fluid, bacteria can grow, leading to a painful infection. Viral infections can also wreak havoc on this buildup of fluid, bringing about similar pain and discomfort. Recurring or severe ear infections can lead to impaired hearing, balance problems, and dizziness.
The standard treatment for ear infections is to take a course of antibiotics. However, since many ear infections are viral, they don’t always respond to the typical antibiotic treatment. If the infection is bacterial and does respond to the antibiotics, often the infection returns within a short amount of time. This can lead to more and more antibiotics prescribed, leading to lasting side effects such as antibiotic resistance. Since antibiotics don’t correct the underlying issue within the Eustachian tube, most parents find themselves looking for a better solution to end the cycle of infections and pain. Surgery is often suggested for those whose ear infections have become chronic. While this can help, it comes with its fair share of risks and doesn’t always correct the problem. Thankfully, chiropractic care can help you manage the pain and discomfort caused by ear infections, and it can even resolve the problem completely!
How Does Chiropractic Care in Snellville GA Help with Ear Infections?
Since the cervical spine is so close to the Eustachian tubes, any time there is a misalignment in the top four vertebrae in the spine, it can directly impact the function of the Eustachian tubes. Even the slightest twisting or shifting of vertebrae can prevent the Eustachian tubes from draining properly. By gently adjusting the spine, Dr. Dionne Anderson is able to correct misalignments, removing any obstruction. Once the vertebrae are aligned properly, the ears, nose, and throat can then work at optimal levels, and the Eustachian tubes are able to drain properly. Dr. Dionne Anderson has seen great results in her patients and loves helping both kids and adults heal and find relief from painful ear infections.
Has Chiropractic Care Helped Others with Ear Infections?
Several studies have shown how otitis media symptoms were regularly decreased after chiropractic adjustments. One particular study was conducted on forty-six children aged 5 years old and younger. After regular adjustments for 3 weeks, parents stated that “the child had no fever, no signs of ear pain, and was totally asymptomatic” of common ear infection symptoms. A noteworthy 93% of all children involved saw improvements, with 75% of these children showing improvements in 10 days or fewer and 43% of the children showing improvements with only one or two treatments!
If you or your child have been suffering from ear infections, contact Snellville chiropractor Dr. Dionne Anderson today. Her team at Hand & Heart Chiropractic welcomes the opportunity to assist you and your family in getting rid of those annoying ear infections. Our goal is to help your whole family reach optimal health and well-being. We are conveniently located in Snellville, but we also serve those living nearby in Conyers, Centerville, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Lilburn, and Stone Mountain.
Froehle, R M. “Ear infection: a retrospective study examining improvement from chiropractic care and analyzing for influencing factors.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 19,3 (1996): 169-77.
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