One of the most common reasons that children typically need to see a chiropractor in Melbourne is to seek treatment for a condition called Otitis media. Most people would be more familiar with its other name, the ear infection. They’re far more commonplace in children than in adults because of the angle of the Eustachian tube, which connects the pharynx to the cavity of the middle ear and serves the purpose of draining the build up of fluids from the respiratory system down through the throat.
A fully grown adult’s tube is positioned vertically, making drainage somewhat easier, whereas a child’s Eustachian tube lies almost horizontal – not ideal for fluid drainage. This accumulation of fluid then typically leads to ear infection. Fortunately, a visit to your local chiropractic clinic can relieve your child’s ear infection symptoms and potentially reduce the likelihood of ongoing occurrences.
Many chiropractors in Melbourne and across the world believe there is a link between the birthing process and ongoing childhood ear infections. Cervical vertebrae found in the neck can become misaligned during birth, which can cause disruption to nerve functions. This disruption leads to problems with the Eustachian tube, which is essential for draining the fluids that otherwise lead to ear infection.
A study in the US of 332 children aged between 27 days and 5 years, all with chronic ear infections, found that nearly 80% of the children did not experience further ear infections for the next six months following treatment from a chiropractor. Treatment options might include mild adjustments to the cervical vertebrae or applying draining techniques to clear the Eustachian tube of fluids. The other common treatment for ear infection is antibiotics, but the Australian Medical Association has reportedly recommended to medical practitioners that they stop overprescribing antibiotics for the condition.
The chiropractors at Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic provide effective treatment for ear infection in children of all ages. Located in North Melbourne but also servicing residents of nearby suburbs such as Carlton and Parkville, our chiropractic clinic is here to help alleviate the painful symptoms of ear infection in your child. Make an appointment today.