New Research Sheds Light on Hearing & Ear Infections – Research Shows Chiropractic Can Help
ATLANTA GEORGIA – September 21, 2018
Recent research reporting on improvement in a young boy undergoing chiropractic care reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing children with hearing loss and ear infections. The research, reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic, includes a review of the literature supporting the role of chiropractic in children suffering from ear infections and hearing loss and calls for more research in this area. The boy in the study had already undergone several rounds of antibiotics, three rounds of surgery and had his adenoids removed. All of those interventions had failed to help him.
“Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between structural shifts in the spine, the nervous system and the various problems related to infections and hearing loss” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. “These types of structural problems in the neck obstruct the nervous system and by removing the obstruction chiropractic helps improve nerve supply.”
With everything we know about the spine and nervous system, chiropractic intervention makes perfect sense in the case of a child who has chronic ear infections along with hearing loss.
“In fact, chiropractic is the management of choice for dealing with the structural and neurological aspects of these types of problems” remarked McCoy, adding “This child was experiencing significant disruption in quality of life as a result of his chronic infections and hearing loss and the medical interventions did not help. It wasn’t until the chiropractic intervention that the child improved dramatically and in a very short time.”
The patient reported on in the study was a 9½-year-old boy with chronic ear infections since the age of two. His lymph nodes were swollen and he had frequent fevers and difficulty sleeping. Traditional medical interventions were not helping. In the 7 years prior to chiropractic care he had been treated repeatedly with antibiotics, butterfly tube surgery three times and his adenoids were removed. Despite these failures his otolaryngologist recommended a fourth surgery on his ears. He could not concentrate on his schoolwork and had frequent absences from school.
The chiropractor examined the child and found forward head syndrome, decreased spinal range of motion, spinal pain, and muscle spasm. Most significantly he had structural spinal shifts in his upper neck. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic care the subluxations reduced, his hearing improved, his ear infections and fevers stopped and the fluid in his ears was gone. He no longer needed tubes inserted in his ears, his sleep improved and school absences decreased.
The authors call for more research on the chiropractic care of children suffering from ear infections.
David Ash, Football, and Head Injuries
Written by Dr. Evan Pulver
Longhorn fans woke up this morning to find that UT quarterback David Ash is leaving the game of football after his concussion in week 1 against North Texas. In days past, this may have drawn criticism of Ash’s toughness or ability to play at the Division I level. But the days of shaking it off and the “no pain, no gain” mentality is diminishing as players and their families are realizing the long-term health impacts of these injuries. The NFL and NHL are now donating funds to research Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), as they are hot issues in the news and with the former players of those sports.
As a former (backup) quarterback and now as a foundational chiropractor, seeing these issues on my newsfeed with such a high frequency and being asked about these issues made me want to put down some information in writing.
Here are some ideas to consider regarding head injuries:
The G-force (1 G is equal to the force of earth’s gravity) of many big hits in the NFL are measured at over 150 G’s. That puts a force of approximately 30-60 G’s on the helmet of the receiving player. To give you some comparison, check out these G’s:
Walking- 1 G
Shuttle Launch- 3 G’s
F-16 fighter jet roll- 9 G’s
Concussion- 100 G’s
Big time NFL hit- 150 G’s
RISK OF CONCUSSION:
The risk of receiving a concussion increases after having one. The risk for long-term neurological damage also increases with each subsequent concussion. If you or your child has had a concussion, you will need to be on alert for the symptoms of additional injuries. After missing the 2013 season due to concussion, it was unfortunate to see David Ash suffer another in game 1 of this year. He was given medical clearance to play, but the risks were still there.
A rear end collision of 8 MPH results in a 5 G force on the occupant’s head. 20 MPH results in a 12 G force. A frontal impact of 40 MPH places a force of 46 G on the occupant. In one study done on primates, a 5-G force to the heads of the primates resulted in a 50% probability of brain stem injury, cerebral concussion, and cranial nerve stretch.
The hits seen on Friday nights in Texas or on the college/professional level can be compared to a series of car wrecks. The forces are the similar or greater. The difference is that with a car accident, ambulances are called and trips to the urgent care are made. With hits in football or other contact sports, it’s usually shaken off so the athlete can be in the next play.
THE UPPER CERVICAL SPINE:
The forces required to cause a concussion are not isolated to the skull. These forces are also transferred to the spine. The most vulnerable point of injury to the spine is the uppermost bone in your neck, the atlas or C-1 vertebra. This critical bone has much more freedom of movement than the other bones of your spine. It is held in place by soft tissues- muscles, tendons, ligaments- rather than bony structures as are the other vertebrae. This creates a susceptible point for injury or foundational shifting of the spine away from normal. While concussions make the news for their serious health implications, the damage to the neck and spine have long-term implications. In studies of motor vehicle victims suffering soft tissue injuries, 62% still had significant injuries 12.5 years later. Have you ever heard someone use the phrase, “It’s just an old football injury”?
ARE YOUR KIDS AT RISK?
Do you have children playing competitive sports? While their heroes playing on Sunday afternoons may risk their brains and necks to win games and earn their paychecks, your child does not have to.
Tips for your child:
1. If your child is playing a contact sport, make sure they are not putting themselves at excessive risk. Taking plays off or sitting out of practice is OK if they have a hard fall or collision. If the coach disagrees, have them call me.
2. Taking Omega-3 supplements is good for everyone, and it is especially good for neurological development. Think of adding a high quality supplement to your child’s diet and increasing their intake of wild caught fatty fish.
3. Have your child checked for Foundational Shifts of the spine. Displacement of the spinal vertebrae further stresses the nervous system, and proper foundational alignment will help with injury recovery and prevention.
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July 22, 2014 by Dr. Evan Pulver
Dr. Evan Pulver