With the exploration of different alternatives for treating pains and other illnesses, chiropractic care becomes one of the newest ways to treat physical concerns.
Chiropractic treatment is a practice that focuses on making manipulations on the musculoskeletal system in order to achieve relief or recovery from injuries. The term “chiropractic” comes from the phrase “to be done by hand” which means that all the manipulations made during treatment are all done by a chiropractor.
A chiropractor is someone who is considered an expert on spinal manipulation in relation to someone’s well-being. They are the only ones permitted to perform chiropractic treatment because the main focus of chiropractic is the spinal cord. As you may already know, the spinal cord is one of the two parts of the central nervous system because it works together with the brain to perform voluntary and involuntary actions. To add to that, the spinal cord is connected with a lot of nerve fibers wherein one wrong move might cause damage.
Chiropractic treatment believes that spinal adjustments affect how a person moves. Say, for example, someone is recovering from an injury. Aside from the actual pain, the body also feels trauma after the incident. What spinal manipulation can do is to restore your body to its former strength in order to let you move normally. Chiropractic treatment can also help in preventing future injury by maximizing your bones, joints, and muscles.
A Few Important Things About Ear Infection
At least once in your life you have experienced or encountered someone who has an ear infection. Ear infection is caused by bacteria that enter the ear and settle in the middle ear area. It can also be caused by the accumulation of liquids in the said area.
Ear infection is common among children because, at their age, their Eustachian tube (the canal that connects the middle ear to the nasal cavity) is not developed enough. This makes them prone to bacteria entering the ear.
Some of the symptoms of ear infections are:
- Ear pain or feeling of warmth in the ears
- Ringing sound or a blockage
- Discharge of fluids from the ear
- A headache
- Slight imbalance
How Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve Ear Infection
Before you jump to conclusions, you should know that chiropractic care does not heal ear infections. If there is an inflammation in your middle ear, it is still best to visit a doctor and ask for the right medicine for you. However, what chiropractic care can do is help relieve you of some of the symptoms of ear infection.
Notice above that some of the symptoms involve feeling a slight imbalance. This is because your ear helps in keeping you balanced in every position. So naturally, when it is in pain, your balance will be affected. This is one of the ways on how chiropractic care can help you. Because it focuses on helping you gain mobility, some spinal adjustments can improve the imbalance you are feeling.
Another reason why you should consider visiting a chiropractor is that the Eustachian tube is surrounded by muscles. When a chiropractor does simple adjustments to your spine, the muscles around your Eustachian tube can be affected in such a way that the muscles will not tighten affecting the inflammation or swelling in your Eustachian tube.
Lastly, pain relief with chiropractic adjustments can also happen when you visit a chiropractor. Since your muscles will be affected by the adjustments, the fluid accumulating in your ear will be discharged naturally. Imagine how those muscles are able to react once a chiropractor adjusts your spine. These adjustments can help relax the muscles around the area (and not just around the Eustachian tube) that will help in easing the pain caused by an ear infection. Making the muscles feel relaxed can also help you feel relaxed (which will reduce a headache and fever).
It may be unusual to go a professional who adjusts the spine for an ear infection, but there are already a lot of cases where ear infection was improved because of this non-invasive treatment. You can also use chiropractic care as a supplement to the medicine you are taking for your ear infection. If you plan on doing so, notify your doctor so they can give their approval regarding chiropractic treatment.