We are in the winter months now and many people are becoming sick with sore throats, the flu, colds, and even ear infections. Ear infections are very common and can be extremely uncomfortable. Symptoms of an ear infection are drainage from the ear and nose, fever, not being able to sleep or eat, and the most common symptom is ear pain. Ear infections are caused from the blockage of the Eustachian tubes. The tubes allow equalized pressure on the eardrum and allows fluid to drain away from the inner ear. Due to the Eustachian tubes being blocked, fluid builds up and causes an infection. The transverse process, bones that stick out the sides of a vertebrae run next to the Eustachian tubes. When a vertebrae is misaligned the tissues will become swollen causing the tubes to be blocked. Chiropractic works by relieving pressure off the Eustachian tubes and reduces the tissue swelling allowing the inner ear to drain. To see if chiropractic may help call 252-756-6111 today for your free consultation.