Can chiropractors help ear infections (otitis media)?
Research shows that ear infections may be caused by improper drainage of the lymphatics in the neck along with improper nerve supply. Pressure upon nerves in the neck, known as subluxations, may lead to increased muscle tone, causing a reduction in lymphatic drainage. This allows fluid to build up in the ear, making an inviting environment for bacteria and viruses. Chiropractors correct subluxations. This reduces the muscle tension to allow proper lymphatic drainage. Once proper drainage is restored, the recurrence of ear infections is diminished and most often nonexistent. A study examining improvement from chiropractic care of children with otitis media concluded that 93% of all episodes improved, 75% within 10 days or less.