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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) Abstract 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."  " ["post_title"]=> string(54) "chronic ear infections resolved following chiropractic" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(54) "chronic-ear-infections-resolved-following-chiropractic" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2017-07-14 13:58:31" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2017-07-14 13:58:31" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(39) "https://www.erinmillshealth.com/?p=1877" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } -->
chronic ear infections in a child healed with help from chiropractic care

chronic ear infections resolved following chiropractic

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.”


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Improper Breathing Seen Often With Back Problems

Improper breathing is often seen in patients who suffer with back problems

I see many people in my Mississauga Chiropractic office who are experiencing back problems.  Many of these patients have improper breathing patterns.

This means that they are commonly breathing mainly with their rib cage as opposed to using their diaphragm (breathing muscle).  When you mainly use your rib cage to breath it puts added stress on the mid back and reduces movement in the low back.  This is not good and leads to back problems over time.

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How do I know if I am breathing improperly?

A Chiropractor can help you identify if you are breathing improperly.  Through a Chiropractic exam the Chiropractor will be watching how your body moves through various functional tests. One of those functional tests is observing how you are breathing.  It is very common to see someone breathe poorly if they recurrently are experiencing back problems. The back and breathing muscles are intricately connected through physiology, anatomy, and the neurology.

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How to improve my breathing?

To improve the breathing patterns in my chiropractic patients I have them follow these exercises:

  • relax when sitting or lying down
  • breathe in slowly and deeply
  • focus on raising your belly when you breathe in
  • focus on lowering your belly when you breathe out
  • you can touch various points on your belly when practicing your breathing and try to move that part of your belly with your breath
  • once you can move your belly confidently with your breath, try to expand the breath into your low back (breathe into the chair if you are sitting down or bed if you are lying on your back)

How can Chiropractic help breathing?

Multiple ways!

Regular Chiropractic care helps people breathe better!

  • improving spinal mechanics by removing vertebral subluxations in the spine allows the body to function better by not compensating with their breathing
  • reducing nerve interference allows the diaphragm (breathing muscle) to function as it was naturally supposed to
  • by reducing stress that is built into the spine and nerve system the body is capable of breathing calmly and not anxiously
  • by helping a chiropractic patient identify that they are breathing improperly
  • by helping a chiropractic patient learn ways to breathe better

Breathing properly may require effort for you, but it is worth it.  Breathing is natural and you have to breathe all day! You better be doing it well! Chiropractic can Help!


Dr. Callum Peever

The Immediate Effects of Spinal Manipulation on Breathing 

Here are some of my favourite excerpts from a 2016 research study on the impact that a chiropractic adjustment can have on a person’s ability to breathe better.  Enjoy! – Dr. Callum Peever

The purpose of the following 2016 research study was to investigate the effects of thoracic spinal manipulation therapy on breathing function including forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume in one second in young healthy individuals.

The Immediate Effects of Spinal Manipulation on respiratory Functions

“Spinal manipulation therapy applied to the thoracic region improved respiratory function test results of the participants in this breathing study.”


“Impaired respiratory function shows a high correlation with morbidity and mortality, and is the main characteristic of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, along with dyspnea, cough, and increased sputum. Spinal manipulation has also been used to increase rib cage mobility to improve respiratory function.”


“These results are in agreement with those of previous studies. Henley et al proposed that manipulation therapy promotes autonomic activity, causing associated vasodilation, smooth muscle relaxation, and increased blood flow, leading to improved range of motion, decreased pain perception, and/or changes in the tissue.”

The Brain and Spinal Cord representing the nerve system

Hacking The Nervous System Vagus Nerve

Hacking the Nervous System with the Vagus nerve


As the longest cranial nerve out of the twelve, the vagus nerve begins at the brain stem and continues along the spine to multiple organs including the esophagus, heart, and lungs, and all the way to the abdomen. The main function of the vagus nerve is to aid in automatic bodily functions, such as food digestion and heart rate regulation.  At the bottom of this post is a recent article that discusses the impact that the vagus nerve has on the body and health in greater depth. Our Mississauga Chiropractors are very interested in this type of research, as we are focused on supporting the nervous system while it tries its best to coordinate your body.

As a Chiropractor, don’t you touch the bones? Why are you talking about nerves?

Yes, as Chiropractors we do contact your back bones and perform spinal adjustments – But we do this in order to reduce the interference to your nerve system that can occur because of your spine (this health impacting phenomenon is called a vertebral subluxation) . By reducing your nerve interference through regular Chiropractic check-ups for vertebral subluxations you can reduce any negative impact of the spine on the nerve system – including the vagus nerve.  This in turn helps your body work as it was should.

The Chiropractic adjustment is one way to positively impact the nervous system and vagus nerve. What are other ways? – Read the articles below and discuss with your Chiropractor. The first one is the original post and the second link is a shortened modified version.



You can also read more in this post on Chiropractic and the Autonomic Nervous System