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The Impact of Cranial Asymmetry on Eustachian Tube Function: A Guide for Osteopaths

For osteopaths, spotting cranial asymmetry is key as it can affect the temporal bones and, in turn, the Eustachian tubes. The petrous portion of the temporal bone houses critical inner ear structures.

Issues like plagiocephaly or birth trauma can misalign the cranial bones, potentially obstructing the Eustachian tubes. These tubes are vital for equalizing ear pressure and draining fluid, and any blockage can lead to fluid buildup, infections, and hearing problems. By correcting cranial asymmetries, osteopaths can ensure proper temporal bone alignment and effective Eustachian tube function, promoting better ear health. For more information on the anatomy and physiology of the Eustachian tube go to the following link here.

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