METHODS: Twenty-two children who had acute otitis media and received no prophylaxis were treated with Toftness chiropractic adjustment.
RESULTS: Among the 21 children, 9 were females and 12 were males, ranging in age from 9 month to 9 years old. Exami-nation revealed consistent findings of acute inflammation in the inner ear with red and bulging tympanic membrane and an increased mean oral temperature of >100oF. After the Toftness chiropractic adjustment, the red and bulging tympanic membrane returned to normal in 95% of the children and a decrease in average oral temperature to 98.6oF ± 0.774.
CONCLUSIONS: The consistency of the results provides evidence that patients with otitis media may benefit from the Toftness chiropractic adjustment. The small number of subjects and the cohort study design limit the conclusions that can be made from this data. However, this data is clearly strong enough to justify a larger, more well-controlled clinical trial to determine the extent of efficacy of Toftness chiropractic adjustment at treating this widespread childhood condition.
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