Chiropractic and Ear Infections
Updated: Jan 29
Many parents bring their children into chiropractic clinics, such as Advanced Vitality, asking to treat ear infections. Chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or diseases; rather, it is the restoration of normal body function. As chiropractors, we work with the nervous system via gentle spinal adjustments. We reduce stress related interference to the nervous system, thereby enhancing all overall body function. All systems of the body—muscular, glandular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, eliminatory, hormonal and immunological— depend on the optimal function of the nervous system. With chiropractic, we focus on nerve system function to enhance all the body’s systems.
Parents for the most part are unaware of the variety of options available for the treatment of ear infections. You can either treat the ear infection, or not—that’s your right as a parent. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a watch-and-wait approach, because the evidence-based research about antibiotics is showing that not only are they ineffective at treating ear infections, but they will actually lead to repeated ear infections in your child.
As a parent, you can choose to treat or not to treat. If you do choose to treat, you again have some options. You can treat the ear infections allopathically (the typical medical/ drug route) or naturally. If you choose to go the usual route to a pediatrician, she may take a watch-and-wait approach.
More likely, she will prescribe an antibiotic. If, however, you would prefer to treat the ear
infections more naturally, there are several options for you to consider. A naturopath will explore herbs and nutrition; a homeopath will assess your child for a specific remedy; an
acupuncturist will work with specific meridian points for healing.
It is so important that you as a parent realize you have choices, and the right to make these
choices for your family.
Regardless of the choices you make, the chiropractic approach will improve your child’s
inherent ability to function. Doesn’t it make sense to have your child function at an optimal
level for healing no matter how (or if ) you choose to treat? Advanced Vitality will assess your child’s spine, make the necessary adjustments to improve nerve system function and offer lifestyle suggestions to reduce nerve system stress for your child. We will also support any
decision you make in your choice to treat the infection or not. This is your right as a parent,
and we stand behind informed choice.
Modified excerpt from: Chiropractic and Ear Infections: What We Offer Makes a Difference by ICPA Member, Jeanne Ohm, DC.