Adjustments are better for ear infections than drugs

Suspected ear infections account for over 35% of all pediatrician visits in the United States – that’s approximately 30 million doctor visits a year. But is a visit to the pediatrician the best way to handle them? Now we have well done studies on which to base our decision.

Many people are now turning to Chiropractic instead of traditional allopathic medicine to deal with ear infections for children. Chiropractors attempt to get to the root cause of a health problem rather than just treat the symptoms.

Ear pain is the number one reason for child visits to chiropractors.

Misalignments of the spine (also called subluxations) can occur during childbirth or from a fall or tumble. Misalignments undiscovered or left untreated can irritate or inflame the nerves and can affect the Eustachian tube, leading to fluid buildup in the middle ear. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to help to restore the normal functioning of the nervous system so the body can heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.

Antibiotics, the usual allopathic treatment, are not consistently effective and often lead to a recurrence of ear infections. Studies show, the higher recurrence rate among children who took amoxicillin could be due to a depression of their body’s natural immune response as a result of taking an antibiotic in the early stage of infection. Antibiotic use in such cases may cause an “unfavorable shift” toward the growth of resistant bacteria, setting up a continuing cycle of repeat ear infections, which lands them back at the pediatrician for more antibiotics. (source)

Even the CDC says “antibiotics are not recommended to help treat many ear infections”.

Having your child adjusted will increase the immune system and nervous system. This enable your child’s body to heal itself.

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5 Ways To Respond To Neck Pain

neck pain

When neck pain strikes in Knoxville, take immediate action to promote recovery. The causes range from rear-end auto accidents to repeated poor posture at your desk job and result in:

  • Chronic stiffness
  • Tender muscles and tendons
  • Migraines or tension headaches
  • Difficulty moving head from side to side
  • Tingling or numbness of arms and hands

Whether it’s stiff or sore, your spine will hinder your ability to go through your daily routine and we have some great input on what to do!


We understand that those in Knoxville lead busy lives, but rest is imperative if you want to reduce the soreness and speed up the healing process. If you’re not apt to take naps, lie down with a good book!

Ice and Heat

For the first two days, use ice to lessen swelling and relieve neck pain. Some aches leave you all but immobilized, and others are bearable enough to tackle daily tasks. The challenge with the latter is that you may be less likely to apply a cold compress because the soreness doesn’t interfere with all of your actions. By not tending to the swelling, it could take even longer to go down. After two days, use heat to decrease stiffness.

Stretching and Massage

If your spine feels stiff, stretching is a great way to ease the discomfort at home. Complete the motions slowly because pushing too far can make your condition worse, so mind the tension you experience. If you want deeper pressure in Knoxville, consider scheduling a massage.

Chiropractic Treatment

If resting, using hot and cold compresses, and stretching aren’t enough to combat your neck pain, you should seek chiropractic treatment. Discomfort can be quieted with medication, but the pills will not alter your misalignments. We will assess your spinal column and identify which adjustments are necessary for your recovery.

Coastal Chiropractic for Neck Pain

At Courtly Chiropractic, we work with individuals in Knoxville who suffer from neck pain and want to feel better. When your movements are restricted, life loses some of its colors. In addition, if the condition becomes chronic, it will diminish your quality of life. Our services include:

  • Same day appointments
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Physical therapy and massage
  • Sports and auto accident injury treatment
  • Nutritional counseling

Whether you want to relieve some discomfort or make changes to your lifestyle, come to our facility in Farragut! You can reach us at 865-986-8088 to schedule your appointment today.

When Should Children Begin Using a Front-Facing Car Seat?

Courtley ChiropracticParents often ask Chiropractors when car seats should be turned to face forward. Remarkable research on this issue helps parents make an informed decision that will best serve their family. Safety concerns led to the evolution of rear-facing car seats. Motor vehicle collisions typically take place with the vehicle moving forward. The mechanism of this type of accident forces the head and neck of all passengers forward toward the windshield of the vehicle in a quick, jerking movement. The majority of injuries occur as the neck snaps backwards after the initial jolt toward the windshield.  Any precaution that minimizes the forward-back jerking motion of the neck as a result of the collision will help lower the severity or prevent any significant bone and soft tissue injuries.


Research shows that the strength and stability of neck alignment and soft tissue will determine the extent of injury. Rear-facing car seats provide stability for an infant’s neck and soft tissue when the muscles and ligaments are not yet fully developed. An infant’s neck, spine, and muscles eventually develop to the point of being able to withstand the majority of trauma from a motor vehicle accident.


Research done in 2007 showed the inaccuracy of previous standards that allowed infants to be turned towards the front of a car after one year of age and a weight of at least 20 pounds. The study states that children up to 23 months old are almost 75 percent less likely to die or sustain serious injury in a rear-facing car seat than a forward-facing one. A rear-facing seat spreads the force exerted on a child’s body during a crash more evenly across the entire body, limiting the motion of the head and reducing the potential for neck injury. The protective car seat also keeps the child more contained within the shell of the child restraint than a forward-facing seat. The benefits of a rear-facing car seat rated particularly high in side impact crashes as well.


The American Academy of Pediatrics and many child-passenger safety advocates expanded their recommendations to suggest that infants and young children should remain rear-facing until at least 23 months of age and a weight of at least 35 pounds. Infants and children routinely experience significant stress without ever experiencing a motor vehicle accident. Traumas from birth, falls, accidents, and learning to walk produce enough stress on the spine and nervous system to require regular Chiropractic spinal evaluations for all children. Chiropractors focus on caring for the spine and central nervous system through spinal adjustments and education. Proper car seat safety continues to be one of many important topics that help prevent unwanted spine and nervous system problems for infants and toddlers. Regular Chiropractic care helps infants and children achieve and maintain proper spine and nervous system health throughout life. Waiting to use a front-facing car seat protects the safety and well-being of a child, but not waiting to begin Chiropractic care ensures that every child will be given optimal chance to grow and develop a healthy brain, spine, and body.



Journal of Injury Prevention
2007 Dec; 13(6): 398–402
“Car safety seats for children: rear facing for best protection”
B HenaryC P SherwoodJ R CrandallR W KentF E VacaK B Arbogast, and M J Bull

Don’t Wait

You don’t wait until you have a cavity before going to the dentist, do you? Don’t wait until you’re in pain before your next chiropractic adjustment.