| Chiropractic Helps in Prevention of Recurring Ear Infections.
In the October 1998 issue of the Ladies Home Journal appeared an
article entitled, "Chiropractic Adjustments for Chronic Ear Infections."
This article reviewed several studies showing the effectiveness of chiropractic care for
preventing re-occurring ear infections known as Otitis Media or OM.
According to the article, reoccurring ear infections account for over
35% of all pediatrician visits in the United States. Sometimes these infections are due to
bacteria and sometimes these are due to a virus. The most common medical care for this
situation has been antibiotics, even though antibiotics have no effect on viruses. While
the article mentions that the antibiotic may be effective in an acute bacterial infection,
they do nothing to stop repeat infections. Research and statistics is now showing that
repeated use of antibiotics is contributing to future infections by creating
drug-resistant infections. The surgical approach has met with little long term results as
the "tubes" placed in childrens ears often come out and usually require a
child to be put under general anesthesia to do the surgery.
The article in the Ladies Home Journal states, "Chiropractic
care is thought to prevent recurrent infections by correcting misalignments (called
subluxations) and allowing normal fluid drainage from the middle ear." What the
article took special note of was that 6 months after the chiropractic care was given to
the children in the study, 80 percent had not suffered a recurrence of ear infections.
In closing the article did make a profound statement. They made a
recommendation to parents on this subject. "If your child is between ear
infections and his doctor suggests ear-tube surgery, ask if you can try chiropractic
treatment first." While we agree with that sentiment, we suggest you not wait for
a period between episodes, and you dont have to "ask" permission from any
other doctor to seek chiropractic care. As the sneaker company said, "just do
"Chiropractic Care of 401 Children with Otitis
Media: A Pilot Study"
Found in the March 1998 edition of Alternative
Therapies and authored by Fallon and Edelman.
(Conclusion) "There is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustment and the
resolution of otitis media for the children in this study, which can serve as a starting
point from which those in the chiropractic profession can examine their role."