Can Chiropractic Help With Ear Infections

Dr. Travis Howell


When people ask if I can help with their back pain, I often say spinal pain is our specialty. That must mean that Chiropractic is just neck and back pain, so how could it possibly help with my kids ear infections? Well luckily for your kiddo there is so much more to Chiropractic than neck and back pain.

The short of how we help is through addressing the spinal subluxation that affects a kid’s nervous system, which impairs the inner ears ability to drain properly. Let’s start with subluxation and the affect it has on a kid’s nervous system.

A subluxated vertebrae is a bone of the spine that has slid backward on the disc it sits upon, stopped moving and created irritation on the nerve due to its malposition.

Irritation that occurs manifest in multiple ways for people. In adults it can be back or neck pain. In your kiddos it too often is a chronic illness (i.e. ear infections) that he or she can’t seem to overcome. Without clear communication between a kid’s brain and the drainage pathways of inner ear a kid will continue to hold fluid in their ear canals that contain opportunistic bacteria. Eventually these bacteria will overcome the child’s ability to keep them in check and result in reoccurring ear infections that just won’t seem to resolve.

Our next step after this is often rounds of antibiotics in attempt to kill the buildup of bacteria within the inner ear canal. Once antibiotics have failed we are told the only other option is tubes to be placed in the child’s ears to allow for that proper drainage to occur within the ear canal, but what if there was a third option that didn’t involve surgery and causing harm to the natural flourishing bacteria found throughout the body.

Well that is where Chiropractic comes in. With non-invasive neurological scans we can see if a kid’s lack of inner ear drainage is due to a subluxation within the spine. When this is the case, luckily it is a simple gentle correction that frees up the irritation on the nerve and allows restoration of movement, so that the inner ear can properly rid itself of these opportunistic bacteria.