Ear infections are perhaps the most common reason a parent takes their child to the doctor’s office. And for adults, the symptoms of “fluid behind the ears” can be an uncomfortable or painful nuisance.
Common treatments to alleviate the discomfort associated with an ear infection include over-the-counter pain relievers, the use of a warm compress, or flushing the ear with several drops of natural oils.
But did you know that chiropractic care – and even healthy dietary choices — can help relieve symptoms and even prevent recurrences?
The most common type of ear infection is acute otitis media, or AOM (also known as a middle ear infection), which occurs when fluid becomes trapped behind the eardrum. Portions of the middle ear become swollen and infected and present a number of symptoms, including ear pain, neck stiffness, dizziness, congestion, and fluid discharge.
Ear infections can even increase irritability and restlessness, affect sleep patterns, and decrease appetite.
Using chiropractic adjustments to ease discomforting symptoms helps the body restore its natural functions, particularly when a misalignment of the spine’s uppermost bone puts pressure on the ear’s Eustachian tubes. Gentle realignment calms muscles surrounding the ear, allows fluid to drain naturally, and helps prevent infections from returning; that, in turn, decreases the need for surgical intervention or antibiotic overuse.
A 1996 study found that chiropractic adjustments significantly reduced the symptoms of ear infections for a group of 46 children ages five and under.
Smart diet choices can also help. It’s smart to avoid foods that are known to cause inflammation, such as dairy products, wheat, and concentrated sugars, while eating more fruits and vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants and boost the immune system (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kale, bell peppers, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, among others).
It’s important to remember that ear infections, especially in children, can lead to more serious health issues. If an ear infection is accompanied by a strong fever or hearing problems, consult with a primary care provider as soon as possible.
The Chiropractic Offices of Dr. Jason B. Kaster in Fort Meyers and Naples can help alleviate the symptoms of ear infections with chiropractic care and a nutritional evaluation. Our facilities also offer treatment services for back pain, headaches, arthritis, car accident injuries, sports or work injuries, and more.
Chiropractor in Ft Myers, FL, and Naples, FL
Chiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?
Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor in Fort Myers and Naples, can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.