Chiropractors Helping Kids Fight Ear Infections 

 March 18, 2011

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Mechanicsville, Virginia —  Ear infections are a common problem for many children (and their parents!).  Many people don’t realize the help a chiropractor can be for a child (or adult) with ear infections.  Chiropractor’s speak of how our body works better when our nervous system works better.  (Not too controversial)  There is also research that points toward significant changes in the immune system of people who get regular chiropractic care.  It is nice to see the information is actually getting into the press and that it is taking a look a children under chiropractic care.

This particular clip is about ear infections and the help a boy has gotten from chiropractic care who suffered with the problem.  The doctor does a good job of explaining what adjustments do and how subluxations can cause problems in a child which can lead to infection.  If one understands a subluxation to be:   “a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health” it is not hard to understand how chiropractic care (which corrects subluxations) could help children with ear infections.  Especially if the subluxation is affecting immune function or mechanisms that help the ear work correctly.  At Stover Chiropractic, P.C. we focus on the detection of subluxations, and in particular, upper cervical subluxations.

A quick glance at the ICPA website lists many case studies and studies that report chiropractic helps with ottitis media (an ear infection).  I’ve copied and abstract and comments here:

Chiropractic Results with a Child with Recurring Otitis Media Accompanied by Effusion

Author’s Abstract (Abridged) : A case study of five year old male with recurring otitis media is reviewed. Chiropractic Biophysics spinal analysis methods and adjusting procedures were applied over a six month period. During the six months of adjustments, the child had only one middle ear infection with mild effusion. In the previous year, the child had recurring middle ear infections with effusion approximately every three to six weeks.
Note: Newer studies in the effectiveness of antibiotics for middle ear infections in child are reporting that child treated with antibiotics are more likely to have recurrences. Antibiotics are known to weaken resistance to disease and that is probably why children are so affected by their use.

Chiropractic Pediatrics, 1996;2:8-10.

This should be encouraging for parents and children who find themselves in similar situations.


Check it out.


YouTube – Chiropractors Helping Kids Fight Infections.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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