chronic ear infections resolved following chiropractic

11 Jan
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Chronic Ear Infections, Failed Tympanostomy Tube Surgery and Resolution Following Chiropractic Adjustment of Vertebral Subluxation.

Below are some excerpts from a 2016 research paper from the journal of pediatric, maternal and family health on chronic ear infections titled; “Chronic Otitis Media, Failed Tympanostomy Tube Surgery and Resolution Following Adjustment of Vertebral Subluxation.”

Our Chiropractic assistant in Mississauga enjoyed reading the article and felt that it should be shared with our patients.  She wished that she had known that Chiropractic adjustments could have helped her daughter with her chronic ear infections (otitis media) so that she could have minimized her daughter’s use of antibiotics throughout her early childhood.


“Ear infections, often recurrent and frequently associated with visits to the doctor and antibiotic prescriptions.”

-This is unfortunate as the CDC (Center for Disease and Control) is making big efforts to decrease the amounts of antibiotics that are being used in our society.  Antibiotics can be useful in emergency situations to prevent death, but are detrimental to healing and health in many of the situations that they are used in our North American society.  They are even leading to further problems.  No one wants to run into situations where antibiotics are used, but when somethings hurts a person wants to help. Unfortunately, antibiotics are not appropriate in many situations.  One of the CDC campaigns, which includes ear infections, was “snort, sniffle, sneeze … no antibiotics please.”  Read more into it from all angles and realize that the Chiropractic approach to increasing body function and performance can help when suffering with challenges such as ear infections.  Read on to see it in this case of a young boy.

“Current medical guidelines of a “wait and see” approach to the disorder seems wanting by parents. Antibiotic prescriptions is still high in most countries and inappropriate antibiotic prescribing poses a significant challenge in primary care.”

“Benefits of analgesia, improved sleep, decreased irritability or better demeanor has been reported by parents with children under chiropractic care.”

-This is one of the most common things that we hear from parents regarding their children that are under Chiropractic care.

“A four-year old male, chief complaint of otitis media, [which] began at age 3. The patient had tympanostomy tubes inserted in his ears that fell out nine months later. With follow up consultation, the ENT specialist wanted to schedule another surgery due to fluid retention in the patients ears. It was then that the patient’s explored alternative care approaches. With less than a month prior to the scheduled surgery, the patients mother presented her child for chiropractic care.”

“Based on history and physical examination findings, the patient was provided with a working diagnosis of otitis media associated with vertebral subluxations at vertebral C1 and C2 and T7.”

“On the first visit, the patient received chiropractic adjustments (CMT) by the use of and Activator instrument.”

-The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is my favourite Chiropractic adjusting Technique and is the one that I utilize in my Mississauga Chiropractic office – Dr. Callum Peever

“The patients care was set at a frequency of two to three times for the first two weeks, followed by once a week for eight weeks for a duration of 12 weeks.”

“Initially, the patient responded well to care after the first adjustment with relief lasting for over a day.”

“[The mother] said he was sleeping better and was in a better mood following his adjustments. After the first two visits, the patient’s mother stated that he was no longer tugging on his ears and his nose was no longer runny. The patient’s mother also stated that his sleeping habits had improved. On the third visit, the patient’s mother stated that she had cancelled the surgery that was scheduled…”

It is amazing that something like a Chiropractic adjustment, which entails no drugs or surgery, can have such a large impact on a child who is struggling with ear infections.  If your child is having difficulty, a Chiropractic check up is a great first step!


Read about the connection between Chiropractic and the Immune System too!

Resolution of Chronic Otitis Media after Multiple Antibiotic Attempts – Review of Case Report

This is a review of a 2016 case report in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health that discusses the experience that a mother and her 2 year old daughter had while suffering with recurring ear infections.

We see these situations in our Chiropractic office in Mississauga very often.  Usually the parents have tried multiple antibiotic attempts with no long term success and are now looking for an alternative approach towards the problem in order to avoid surgery on their child.

Read my favourite excerpts from the research study below and become curious to learn more.  Connect with me at the office in Mississauga to determine if your situation is a Chiropractic case.  Here to help!
-Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Resolution of Chronic Otitis Media, Constipation & Sleep disturbance Following Adjustment of Subluxations in a 2-year-old Child


“Frustration at reoccurring ear infections is one reason some parents are driven to seek “alternative” treatments for their children.”

“Symptoms correlated with otitis media in children are numerous and can include: ear pain, difficulty sleeping, excessive crying, increased irritability, difficulty hearing and responding to sounds, loss of balance, fever, draining from ear, headaches and loss of appetite.”
-The child is often tugging or rubbing at their ears, and the ears can turn red due to the irritation of this problem.

“Chiropractic is unique in that its goal is to correct spinal subluxation, normalize spinal biomechanics, remove neurological interference and allow the body to heal itself.”
-The Chiropractic approach is to address the mechanical aspects of the spine that can be impeding with the ability of the body to function.  One way to describe the mechanical aspect of ear infections is to remember that when changing pressure on a plane, by chewing gum you can get your ears to “pop”.  Realize that the jaw, ear, and first vertebrae of the neck are all located very closely together anatomically.  The all move and function together to create the perfect environment for your body… or they get “stuck” and create the perfect environment for the “bugs” that like to live in your ear!  Fortunately, a chiropractic exam is very specific and can determine if the neck, jaw, or skull can be contributing to the problem!

“The chiropractic care utilized in this case included elements of multiple techniques, as well as instrument-assisted adjustments via the Integrator.”
-There are many ways to adjust a spine.  In Mississauga we focus our skills on the Activator Methods Technique as well as traditional hands on mechanical adjusting.

“A mother presented her 2-year-old daughter for chiropractic care with the goal of avoiding a prescribed bilateral myringotomy. The daughter had a history of recurrent earaches with associated fevers. On the first visit, the mother detailed a history of regular antibiotic use. She had visited both her pediatrician and ear-nose-throat specialist earlier that month, and was cleared of ear infection only to have another to follow shortly after.”

“At the time of the physical exam, patient was suffering difficult bowel movements that were restricted to one movement per week and also reported fitful sleep, walking multiple times throughout the week.”

“hiropractic palpation, performed via MC2 analysis, revealed dysfunction in the upper cervical spine, specifically areas of spasm and hypomobility (or restriction) at the C1 on the right posterior aspect.”

“Chiropractic care began on a schedule of three visits per week for four weeks, with a reassessment scheduled to occur after 12 visits.”

“This patient was re-evaluated on three separate occasions. After 14 visits approximately one month later a re-examination was performed to assess the patient’s response to care. The patient was reported to be sleeping through the night. The patient also had not had an ear infection for the five weeks since she had been under care. Bowel movements increased to 2-3 per day, and the patient was reported by her mother to have a happier disposition since she began chiropractic care.”

“A second re-examination was performed on the patient’s 26th visit, to re-assess the patient’s response to care.  Tylenol and antibiotics had not been needed since the first chiropractic visit.”

“A final re-assessment was performed two months later, the patient’s 36th visit, at which point she was reported to be of a happy disposition, and still antibiotic and Tylenol free. Her ear infections had resolved completely with no further recurrence since beginning chiropractic care.”

“Factors such as overuse of antibiotics, drug-resistant microbes, ineffective drug therapies (especially in recurrent cases), as well as poor drug reactions, make chiropractic care a front-runner for alternative interventions, as it is gentle, non-invasive, and provides lasting resolution by addressing cause rather than symptoms.”


More on Chiropractic and Ear Infections

The below case that is described in the 2017 research paper involved a 1 year old who had chronic ear infections which resolved after Chiropractic care utilizing an Activator instrument and protocol to adjust subluxations in the young child’s spine and nerve system.  Read and ask questions!

Chiropractic Care of a Toddler with Otitis Media Born Premature & Exposed Prenatally to Opiates and Amphetamines: A Case Study & Selective Review of Literature (2017)

Objective: To describe the benefits of chiropractic care in a 13-month-old male child diagnosed with otitis media, a
history of prematurity and prenatal exposure to opiates and amphetamines.

Clinical Features: A 13-month-old male presented with complaints of otitis media. He was born premature and
delivered through cesarean section and a vacuum was used for extraction. At birth his blood contained opiates,
methamphetamine and other amphetamines. The patient had been experiencing bouts of otitis media since three months
of age and had previously been managed by medical doctors with rounds of antibiotics and nasal saline. Chiropractic
analysis revealed subluxations were located in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacroiliac joint region when analyzed
and were adjusted using the Activator Adjusting Instrument (AAI).

Intervention and Outcomes: The patient was assessed checked utilizing thermal scanning, Activator Methods
technique and adjusted using an Activator Adjusting Instrument (AAI). The patient was checked and adjusted where
vertebral subluxations were found and the mother reported that the child’s otitis media had resolved the following week.
The patient continues regular chiropractic treatment and has not been on any antibiotics since 13-months of age.

Conclusions: This case report illustrates the resolution of acute otitis media symptoms in a pediatric patient while under
subluxation-based chiropractic care. It is recommended that the link between subluxation and visceral dysfunction, such
as acute otitis media be investigated further.

From this study I found an interesting connection that readers may enjoy regardint the connection of the upper neck with the ear through the nerves and spinal chord: Ear Pain. Differential Diagnosis and Management fot the Chiropractor: protocols and algorithms by Souza: “The spinal nucleus of Cranial Nerve 5 is the primary nerve involved in patients with otitis media. This spinal nucleus merges with the dorsal horn at C1 through C3 in the trigeminocervical nucleus.”

New Research Sheds Light on Hearing & Ear Infections

The review above of a recent research article (2018 Resolution of Chronic Otitis Media, Improvements in Hearing and Avoidance of Tympanostomy Tubes in a 9½ Year Old Boy Undergoing Chiropractic Care ) goes through the improvement of a boy who had improvement in his hearing and ear infections with Chiropractic help.  This occurred even after many medical interventions had not helped.

Dr. Callum Peever is a Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health.  He is also the active Co-President of the Halton Peel Chiropractic Society, Regional Director in Toronto for Activator Methods International, the past Director of the Halton Urban Core Community Health Centre Chiropractic Clinic, and a Clinical Instructor teaching the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to fellow Chiropractors.


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