Chiropractic – Ear Infections

Do you suffer with ear infections?

When you have an ear infection think of your ear as a clogged up sink. Gross! Bacteria is able to grow in the moist environment and cause ear infections. Dr. Collard is able to open up the Eustachian tube and allow the backed up fluid to drain. When your ear is clean and dry your body will naturally heal.


“I want you to know that the drainage in my ear, on-going for more than one year, has now dried up without any other therapy than the acupuncture & chiropractic sessions. This is a real blessing, and I’m VERY pleased with the quality and the knowledge you utilized on my behalf!

-Kent H.

What Is Otitis Media?

Otitis Media is a general term that describes conditions that affect the middle ear. Disorders and conditions of the middle ear most frequently result in fluid build up and inflammation, causing pain in the inner and outer ear. Otitis Media is frequently due to an infection and often times preceded by an upper respiratory illness or the common cold. Those most likely afflicted by Otitis Media are children under six years of age, though adults can also be affected. Consult your physician if you have an upper respiratory infection followed by hearing loss or ear pain, as this may be the result of Otitis Media.

How Does Otitis Media Develop?

Otitis Media usually occurs when an infection from the common cold find its way into the middle ear. One of the main contributing factors frequently associated with Otitis Media is a problem with the Eustachian tube. The Eustachian tube is basically a small opening connecting the middle chamber of the ear to the back of the throat. Otitis Media, while frequently caused by infections, can also be caused by a variety of other things, such as food allergies, intolerance to dairy, and secondhand smoke. Regardless of the cause, if the Eustachian tube is blocked or impaired, fluid is likely to accumulate in the middle ear chamber, causing the eardrum to bulge and cause pain from the pressure.

Is Otitis Media Dangerous?

Often times, Otitis Media will heal on its own without intervention. However, if left untreated, Otitis Media can lead to eardrum rupture or sinus inflammation. Further ignoring these symptoms can cause hearing loss or an infection in another part of the head if the ear infection spreads. Serious side effects of Otitis Media are extremely rare, but suspected ear infections should be seen to when problems arise.

How Can A Chiropractor Help With Otitis Media?

Some chiropractors are specially trained with a technique called Endonasal Technique, which is specifically designed to relieve pressure from the middle part of the ear and help with drainage. Your chiropractor can work with you and give you ways to ease symptoms and prevent recurrence of Otitis Media. If the problem lies within the spine or surrounding muscles, your chiropractor will be trained to help with those problems as well.

Do I Need Antibiotics For Otitis Media?

Strong bacterial ear infections may require a dose of antibiotics to cure them properly. However, recent studies suggest that antibiotics may be less effective in treating Otitis Media than doctors originally thought. Physicians are turning to other methods, and prescribing pharmaceuticals less often. If you find that your ear infection is not resolving itself, your chiropractor may be able to recommend natural supplements or over the counter drugs that will ease your symptoms.

Can Chiropractic Care Help My Chronic Otitis Media?

Chiropractic care can play a very large part in treating seemingly chronic conditions of Otitis Media, especially when it is recurrent or chronic. Ask your chiropractor what techniques and what course of treatment is best for your individual condition.



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