If you have a child that has had an ear infection, chances are that you have taken them to see a pediatrician and have gotten them antibiotics. Research shows that ear infections (otitus media) are the reason for more than 35 percent of all pediatrician visits. Ear infections are mostly seen in children, however; many adults suffer from chronic ear infections too.
Antibiotics, the usual treatment, are not always effective and may even lead to a recurrence of ear infections. Many children are dealing with a continuing cycle of repeat ear infections, which lands them back at the pediatrician for more antibiotics.
There is another option – chiropractic care.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. 332 children with chronic ear infections participated in the study. Each child, ranging in age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80 percent of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits. The six-month period included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks.
Dr. Cory Koch at the Chiropractic Lifestyle in Olathe has had similar results. As he and other chiropractors teach, it is important that parents realize the role chiropractic plays in the whole-body wellness.
More and more parents are beginning to look to chiropractors to complement their children’s health care. Chiropractic care involves diagnosing spinal misalignments and correcting them by adjusting the spine. A slight pressure is most commonly used with children rather than the more forceful manipulation sometimes used with adults. Chiropractors attempt to get to the root cause of a health problem rather than just treat the symptoms. Misalignments of the spine (also called subluxations) can occur during childbirth, from tumbles or falls, or from any other normal activity. Chiropractors maintain that misalignments left untreated can irritate the nerves and eventually disrupt the body’s ability to function properly and lead to ailments such as ear infections. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to help to restore the normal functioning of the nervous system so the body can heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
To learn more on how chiropractic care can help in you and your child’s overall health, use the form on the right to make an appointment with Dr. Koch or call his office at 913-768-0000.