Chiropractic Care for Kids: A Natural Approach to Treating Chronic Ear Infections

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Understanding Chronic Ear Infections

Chronic ear infections, also known as chronic otitis media, occur when there is a recurring buildup of fluids, inflammation, and swelling that block the eustachian tube, leading to pressure and pain in the middle ear.

When the vertebrae in the upper neck area become even slightly misaligned, it can create extra tension and inflammation around the nerves and muscles controlling the eustachian tubes. These little drainage channels connecting the middle ear to the back of the throat can’t open and close properly to move fluids.

Instead of draining normally, the fluids get trapped, building up pressure and providing the perfect petri dish for bacterial or viral infections to take hold. The body then takes an inflammatory response, causing swelling, pain and that telltale fever.


Root Causes of Ear Infections: 

  • Poor “plumbing and drainage”: Misalignment in the body can create extra tension, inflammation, and limited movement of the nerves and muscles supplying the inner ear, leading to fluid buildup. 
  • Sympathetic fight or flight response: Subluxation can put the body into an excessive sympathetic state, resulting in high inflammation and increased mucus production. 
  • Environmental factors: factors like toxins, sugar overload and dairy sensitivities can pour fuel on the fire as well, weakening immune defenses.

This is when so many turn to antibiotics or over-the-counter fever reducers for temporary relief. And sometimes those are unavoidable for particularly nasty infections. But these remedies merely mask the underlying issue rather than correcting it at the neurological root.

They also take a toll on your child’s gut microbiome and developing immune system over time, which can actually increase susceptibility to repeated bouts. Similarly, natural remedies like supplements and essential oils may help to some extent but often fall short in addressing stress & subluxation.


How Neurologically Focused Chiropractic Adjustments Work: 

That’s where safe, pediatric chiropractic care comes in as a sustainable solution. Precise, gentle adjustments help normalize structure and nerve function controlling the ears, sinuses and entire cranial respiratory area.

With the “plumbing and drainage” system restored through chiropractic, the eustachian tubes can finally do their job of ventilating fluids properly. The body’s powerful self-healing mechanisms can then kick into full gear to overcome infections naturally, without the need for excessive medications or suppressing symptoms.

We start by using our state-of-the-art INSiGHT Scans to pinpoint areas of nerve interference and chronic inflammation, often stemming from the stresses of difficult births.

From there, we develop a customized adjustment plan to reduce tension, calm the sympathetic fight-or-flight response, and remove that persistent ear infection trigger at the source – the misaligned spine.

Through this process we see quality of life improves immensely as the sleepless nights, ear tugging, fever, and muffled hearing become a thing of the past. And parents gain such precious peace of mind watching their little ones experience real, lasting relief.

If chronic ear infections are disrupting your family, we encourage you to consider a nervous system-centered solution through pediatric chiropractic care. It could be the key to finally overcoming this recurring issue by unlocking your child’s incredible inborn healing potential.


About Team Antoniotti

We believe that healthy families make healthy communities, and we are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Kalamazoo – one mother, one child, one family at a time.

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Dr. Erika

The road to becoming a chiropractor has been a scenic but educational one. After my own incredible experience with chiropractic care, I moved to Dallas in 2013 to attend Parker University and begin the journey to serve others.
Upon graduating, I worked in a rehab based clinic located in Irving, TX which prepared me with significant clinical knowledge in addition to expanding my experience into nutrition, physical therapy, and a variety of other palliative modalities. 
When the stars aligned for me to move back to Kalamazoo, falling in stride along Dr. Kate and Dr. Steve was an easy transition.  Their passion for serving the community of Kalamazoo is contagious and motivating! 
I welcomed my son Max in 2015 and my daughter Amelia in 2016. They motivate me daily to make positive choices and look at the big picture, both at home and at work. 
My desire is to educate our patients and create a sense of autonomy and confidence when it comes to their health! I look forward to working with the incredible people of southwest Michigan – hope to see you in the office soon!

Dr. Steve

After graduating from Miami University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the school of Kinesiology and Health, and double minor in Business and Coaching, I began a four-year chiropractic program at Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri outside of St. Louis. In addition to the required chiropractic curriculum, I completed classes and performed research in advanced biomechanics, functional rehabilitation, kinetic chain analysis, and musculoskeletal therapies. This extra-curricular education has given me an edge in treating patients, allowing me to identify dysfunctions often overlooked by other providers.

Upon graduation from Logan College of Chiropractic in 2011, I moved to Indianapolis and started my own practice, PEAK Chiropractic. During my experience of owning and operating PEAK, I gained invaluable experience on how to treat patients of all levels and how to run a successful chiropractic practice. So, when my uncle, Dr. David Antoniotti, called my wife, Dr. Kate Antoniotti, and me with the offer to buy, run, and continue the tradition of Antoniotti Chiropractic in Kalamazoo, saying “yes” was extremely easy.

In March of 2016 Dr. Kate and I welcomed our son, Leo, to the world. And in October of 2018, our daughter, Rose, was born, making us a family of four. 

It is an honor to be continuing my family’s 50-year tradition of chiropractic care in Kalamazoo and I look forward to seeing you in the office!

Dr. Kate

I have always been interested in health, fitness, and human potential. After going through my own personal health struggles in college, I became passionate about holistic and preventative healthcare. This led me to pursue a B.Sc. degree in Exercise Science & Kinesiology- with the ultimate goal of becoming a Chiropractor.

After graduating from Miami University, I moved to St. Louis, Missouri to attend Logan College of Chiropractic, where I earned my D.C. degree. While at Logan, I did additional studies in nutrition, pediatrics, and women’s health. It was during my four years in St. Louis, where I also discovered my love for yoga, and eventually became a yoga teacher (200-RYT).

Dr. Steve and I welcomed our son, Leo, to the world in March 2016. And then in October 2018 we welcomed our daughter, Rose, to the family. Becoming a mom has been a defining moment in my life, both personally and professionally.

With my background in chiropractic, yoga, nutrition, pediatrics and women’s health – I have focused my practice to specifically address the needs of Moms. I deeply care about the health and wellbeing of our children, and I strongly believe that we need healthy Moms in order to have healthy kids.

By directing my focus on pregnancy chiropractic care, post-partum wellness, and pediatric chiropractic – I am hopeful that I am doing my small part in improving the health of our community.

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