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Chronic Earaches but not an Infection

Posted in Head Pain Disorders on May 26, 2020

Chronic Earaches but not an Infection

“What if my doctor can’t find why I have an earache?”

There are many potential reasons you can have an earache even though it isn’t infected. One of the major causes could be your upper neck.

Of course, if you or a family member is suffering from acute ear pain, it is essential to see an earache treatment clinic Brisbane to diagnose if you have an infection.

For many people, however, their assessment comes back completely normal! If you are one of those people, you are nowhere in search of answers for how-and-why you can have an earache but not an infection?

One of the most important questions that your Brisbane earache natural specialist should ask is for you to identify exactly where you feel your pain. The reason is that different parts of your ear are associated with different nerves … and also different causes!

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It is also important because the place where many people describe their “ear” pain is actually not the ear at all, but actually the area around the ear.

Especially if you are seeking a Brisbane earache natural treatment specialist, this one bit of precise information can make a world of difference in getting to the bottom of your earache.

 

What type of earache do you feel?

Your Brisbane premier earache natural treatment doctor will know the nerve affected by your description of where the pain or abnormal sensation is.

 

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  1. Inside your ear behind the eardrum (where you cannot reach with a Q-Tip) is supplied by the tympanic branch of your glossopharyngeal nerve (GPN). The GPN exits your brain just in front of the C1 vertebra at the base of your skull.
  2. Inside your ear, including your inner ear lobe (called the tragus) and the skin behind your ear (where you can touch with a Q-Tip) is supplied by the auricular branch of your vagus nerve (VN). The VN also exits your brain just in front of the C1 vertebra at the base of your skull. Of note, the VN also supplies sensation for the connection tissue around your brain and may be associated with migraines!
  3. The skin on both sides of your outer ear lobe is supplied by the articular nerve, which is comprised of branches originating from the C2 and C3 vertebrae in your neck
  4. One centimeter in front of your ear is actually your TMJ or temporomandibular joint, which is commonly mistaken for ear pain. Your TMJ is highly affected by the alignment of your C1 and C2 vertebrae.
  5. One centimeter below your ear is actually your C1 vertebra, which may sometimes also be tucked just behind your earlobe or jaw bone.

As you can see, the vertebrae in your upper neck - C1, C2, and C3 - may have a profound influence on the normal sensations of your ear, including pain and even earache!

And more importantly towards finding a solution!

 

Is it an earache? or is it your Atlas?

If you have been searching for earache pain treatment in Brisbane, you may not have considered the possibility that it may be your neck that is the actual problem.

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Your atlas is another name for the C1 vertebra at that base of your skull. It is the single vertebra the allows for the greatest amount of flexibility and mobility anywhere in your spine. The trade is that it is also the area most susceptible to injury. 

Not necessarily injuries that cause broken bones or even bleeding, but even micro tears or damage to the ligaments that support your head and neck may be enough to cause significant health problems down the track.

Think of something like a splinter in your finger: something very small, but that cause lots of pain and discomfort.

Similarly, small injuries that affect the alignment of your atlas can have the potential to create tension or cause disruptions with the normal transmission of information among the nerves in your upper neck.

Depending on which nerve is affected, it is even possible that an atlas misalignment may contribute towards an “earache.”

So when your Brisbane earache specialist looks to see if you have an infection - and can’t find anything - it may be because they did not realize that your symptoms were actually coming from somewhere else.

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Upper cervical care and earaches

If you have already gone down the Brisbane clinic earache natural treatment route but not discovered a solution that has helped you, it may be time to consider a different approach.

Here is where a unique approach to healthcare called “atlas” or upper cervical care may be able to help you.

An upper cervical or atlas practitioner is an advanced certified chiropractor, who focuses on the relationship between the top bones in your neck and your nerve system. Unlike general chiropractic, the procedure that we use at Atlas Health Brisbane uses no spinal manipulation, no twisting, and no cracking.

The process begins with a personalized physical and neurological exam to determine if you have a problem with the alignment of your atlas that could be the source of your earaches. If so, the next step is a series of unique x-rays that help reveal the exact direction and degree of any misalignments in your neck.

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Because many of these misalignments are so small - 2-5mm - it takes great precision and care to find out exactly what it's going on. (And may also explain why the problem has not been diagnosed before).

From there, we are able to prepare a personalized care protocol designed specifically for you to restore the alignment and movement through your upper neck.

When that happens, from our understanding of biomechanics and neurology, we believe that helps to reduce pressure or tension to those nerves in the upper part of your neck, which allows your body to do what it is designed to do: heal itself.

So an atlas chiropractic doctor Brisbane doesn’t simply treat earache pain or other things like headaches, migraines or even earache masked fibromyalgia symptoms. An atlas chiropractic doctor focuses on correcting the cause of those problems when they may originate from a misalignment in your upper neck.

 

Upper cervical care and earaches

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At Atlas Health in North Lakes, we are the premier upper cervical or atlas chiropractic center in Brisbane.

We believe in the potential for every human being to live an extraordinary life, and we help people who have been struggling with challenging health conditions - including earaches and who have been to every earache specialist Brisbane without answers - discover hope, healing and long-term solutions so that they can enjoy the quality of life that they desire most.

Dr. Jeffrey Hannah is our principal upper cervical chiropractor. He is an advanced certified instructor with the Blair Chiropractic Society, an international lecturer, author, and recognized leader in the field of upper cervical specific care.

So, how can we help you?

Our practice is happy to offer a no-obligation 15-minute over-the-phone consultation with Dr. Hannah to discuss your individual condition and to answer any questions you may have so that you can decide if upper cervical care is right for you.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please contact us on 07 3188 9329.

Alternatively, you can fill out the Contact Us link at the top of this page, and one of our staff will return your message to schedule a time as soon as possible.

We would be privileged and honored to help you in any way that we can.

Atlas Health Australia - “Hope, healing, and wellbeing from above-down, inside-out.”

 

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