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Review  |   October 2000
Galbreath technique: a manipulative treatment for otitis media revisited
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Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology / Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
Review   |   October 2000
Galbreath technique: a manipulative treatment for otitis media revisited
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2000, Vol. 100, 635-639. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2000.100.10.635
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2000, Vol. 100, 635-639. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2000.100.10.635
Abstract

Otitis media is a common disorder that results in numerous visits to the physician each year. Antimicrobials, antihistamines, steroids, and surgery have all been used to treat otitis media; however, the literature makes little mention of osteopathic manipulative treatment in this regard. This article describes a technique that was first described in 1929 by William Otis Galbreath, DO. By simple mandibular manipulation, the eustachian tube is made to open and close in a "pumping action" that allows the ear to drain accumulated fluid more effectively. Physicians can easily teach this procedure to parents for use at home.