“We have gone through six rounds of antibiotics, and had tubes put in twice. He still has a double ear infection, and we don’t know what to do. It seems like nothing is working.”
Nothing is worse than when your child is in pain and nobody can seem to help with it. One of the things I love about the work I do, is that quite often through upper cervical chiropractic adjustments, I can eliminate the causes of problems many doctors have already given up on.
I questioned this very worried mother about prior treatment on her 3-year-old’s ear infections. He had had almost non-stop infections in both ears for the last year and a half. As she explained this to me her baby boy sat there tugging at his ears and crying on and off. I had a feeling I could help, and I had the statistics to prove it.
Like so many things, chiropractic isn’t a parents’ first thought when their child is sick—especially when it is something like an ear infection. I get it, after all their ear isn’t in their spine, and in fact, it where it is located looks like it has nothing to do with their spine. But I have some numbers that might change your mind. One study looked at 332 children with chronic ear infections. The results of using upper cervical chiropractic show that after being adjusted, 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits.
That is a pretty good success rate. In my office the success rate has been closer to 90%. The reason is pretty simple. The joints in the spine have receptors that send information up the spine to the brain. This information is then sent wherever it needs to go. If the joint moves the way it should, we get the right information to the brain. If it is stuck out of alignment, we get the wrong information.
One of the locations information is sent, is a muscle called the tensor veli palatini. Which is a fancy Latin name for the muscle that opens and closes the eustachian tube in the ear. If this muscle doesn’t do its job properly then the tube may not drain fluid properly. This sets up a great environment for bacteria. In this situation, an antibiotic might clear out the current infection. But given that the tubes are still not functioning properly, they will still not drain fluid, new bacteria will quickly set up in the fluid, and bam…. another ear infection.
This is why the proper alignment of the cervical bones is so important. Once they are aligned, the brain signals sent to the muscle will open and close the tubes, allowing them to function, and drain the ear properly. Which is exactly what happened with my 3-year-old patient. I did find he had a misalignment in the top bone in his neck. I corrected it and sent them home. They came back four days later, and the ear infections had cleared up.
Those were the last ear infections he ever had.
Dr. Lee Angle
Dr. Lee Angle is originally from southern West Virginia. After having his life changed through Upper Cervical Care he chose to pursue it as a career. He has been practicing Upper Cervical Chiropractic for over nine years. Dr. Angle previously worked as a certified personal trainer. This background allows him to educate his patients on proper movement and exercises to speed their recovery and enhance their Upper Cervical Care.