Ear infections are a common childhood occurrence, which cause pain to your child and heartache to caring parents - this we all know.
Most of our patients children, have been on repeat courses of antibiotic treatments for recurring ear infections and most have gotten to the point where their child's pediatrician has recommended surgery or "tubes in the ear" to mechanically help drain the ear to reduce infection. This is the common treatment for childhood ear infection. Which unfortunately, if you're reading this blog YOU know ALL to well.
What Does A Stuructural Chiropractor LOOK For?
We check for A.H.S. which is short for Anterior Head Syndrome, this is a Primary Condition that can and often does cause Secondary Conditions, i.e. muscle tightness, decreased range of motion and pain.
How does A.H.S. a primary condition cause secondary conditions, such as childhood ear infections?
Your child's spine is held together by ligaments, tendons and muscles. When the mechanics of your child's spine are outside the normal range this causes: muscle tightness (which reduces drainage of the ear and reduces lymphatic drainage), inflammation (which also reduces drainage) and pain ( which causes your child not to move in certain positions to AVOID pain). This is commonly seen in feeding your baby, your baby may be more comfortable in one position and fidgety in another position.
What I look for in a child or infant that are indicators of A.H.S, they are
- The head "stuck" (often seen in pictures, the child or baby's head is ALWAYS in the same position)
- Reduced range of movement of the neck
- Asymmetry of muscle tension... tighter on one side compare to the other
Now, what's common in treatment for childhood ear infections...
as you know are: anti-biotic medication and if this is not successful then another course of antibiotics, usually a stronger medication is used. Then if this is not successful a repeat course and usually a consult for "tubes" in the ear or ears. And of course pain medication to help soothe your child.
I see as an enhancement to the care you are already providing to our child. The goal of our care is to reduce A.H.S. back to within normal range. We use specific gentle spinal corrections using a specific correcting instrument, which is not aggessive spinal manipulation. This allows the muscles to go back to normal tension which allows for proper lymph drainage, and proper drainage of the Eustachian tube. Reducing the chance of build up of fluids that can lead to infection.
Where does you child begin with us?
First we do our structural evaluation, which will include structural corrective x-rays of the upper part of your child's spine, we do a digital photo structural exam, range of motion and palpation of your child's spine.
After the results are obtained, we need at least a day to put together a comprehensive tailored plan of care for your child. Which include not only what we will do for your child and how we do what we do, BUT also complementary recommendations that you need to do at home that will increase your child chance of a successful outcome.
The goal is to detect and correct the AHS and provide you the parent with tools, knowledge on how to PREVENT and PROTECT your child from PRIMARY A.H.S.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consult call our office.
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Dr. Chris and the CREW