October 22, 2019
Notes from Dr. Evan Pulver:
If we start to sound like a broken record, I apologize! The reality is that ear infections seem to be chronic and rampant in our kids. While Foundational Chiropractic does not diagnose or treat ear infections, structural shifts in the upper neck of kids can influence the proper drainage of the ears. If you'd like to consult with our office, please call 832-458-3004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustments on children are gentle, specific, and effective in reducing vertebral subluxation (shifts in the spine).
Ear Infection – FACTS
An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by bacteria, that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Anyone can get an ear infection, but children get them more often than adults. Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. In fact, ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor. The scientific name for an ear infection is otitis media (OM).
Eustachian tubes are smaller and more level in children than they are in adults. This makes it difficult for fluid to drain out of the ear, even under normal conditions. If the eustachian tubes are swollen or blocked with mucus due to a cold or other respiratory illness, fluid may not be able to drain.
Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and the various problems related to ear infections.
These types of structural problems in the upper part of the neck cause a back-up of the lymphatics and problems with the tubes draining the middle ear. By removing the structural imbalance chiropractic helps these fluids drain, and improves nerve supply and range of motion.
Abnormal position or movement of the spinal vertebra can develop and this can lead to nerve interference. It is this interference, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
With everything we know about the dangers of antibiotic abuse and over the counter remedies being used on children, chiropractic intervention makes perfect sense in the case of childhood ear infections. In fact, chiropractic is the treatment of choice for dealing with the structural and neurological aspects of ear infections.
October 15, 2019
Dr. Evan Pulver
Owner, Foundation Chiropractic
Your social network. I'm not talking about your Facebook friends and Instagram followers. Your real life friends. Your coworkers. Fellow church and synagogue members. Did you know that they will have an influence on your health? While you are still responsible for what you eat and drink, what you inhale (or don't inhale), and how much you get off your backside, the circle of people around you will also alter your health status.
You've probably seen it at HEB or a restaurant around The Woodlands. A family that just looks FIT. Or a family that is... on the other end of the health spectrum. It's controlled very little by their genetic makeup. Our health habits have a large part to do with who we hang around with and how they take care of their health. Do they smoke? You're more likely to smoke. Drink excessively? Probably you too. Don't know the difference between a barbell and a dumbbell? You might be leaders of the Small Muscle Club together.
A 2007 study revealed that a person's chance of becoming obese increased by 57% percent if their friends became obese, 40% if a sibling became obese, and 37% if a spouse became obese. Don't shoot the messenger! I'm not saying to bail on friendships based on weight. In fact, close friendships extend life! But let's assume the opposite is true, that when friends lose weight, you too lose weight. Be the friend that is choosing a healthier lifestyle and influence your circle in a positive way. For those in leadership positions, you can also use your power to create healthier environments, such as taking soda out of vending machines in schools or taking breaks in the day to move. These small steps help create a healthier community.
One great way to be proactive with your health is to start with a complete Foundational Chiropractic Exam. During an exam, we review your health history, current health status, your goals, and how our care can support those. Whether it's a nagging injury, low back pain, headaches, neck pain, or increasing your mobility to lose weight and make healthy choices, we'd love to help you on your journey. Call 832-458-3004 or email email@example.com to schedule your complimentary consultation today!
Dr. Evan Pulver