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Glue Ear

Glue ear is a condition where the middle ear (behind the eardrum) fills with a glue-like fluid instead of air, which causes muffled hearing. In most cases it clears by itself without any treatment. In some cases treatment with a balloon that is blown up by the child using their nose may help. If the condition persists, an operation to clear the fluid and insert grommets may be advised.


Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal manipulation or adjustment (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).
Chiropractors take an integrated and holistic approach to the health needs of their patients, considering physical, psychological and social factors. They provide care and support by reducing pain and disability and by restoring normal function to people with neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.
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It is the commonest cause of partial deafness in children and it is estimated that one in four children are affected with glue ear at some stage of their lives.

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