Modified Muncie Technique: Osteopathic Manipulation for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Illustrative Report of Case

Millicent King Channell, DO
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: April 27, 2007

Accepted: July 30, 2007

Published: May 1, 2008

J Osteopath Med; 108(5): 260-263

In eustachian tube dysfunction, the eustachian tube fails to open sufficiently, resulting in a difference between the air pressure inside and outside the middle ear. This condition can cause pain and hearing loss and may lead to barotitis media, otitis media, tinnitus, and vertigo. Although several treatment options are available, from antibiotics to surgery, little documentation of osteopathic manipulative techniques exists. The current report discusses various treatment options, including the modified Muncie technique—a type of myofascial release administered inside the patient’s mouth—for patients with eustachian tube dysfunction and its symptoms. An illustrative case of a 37-year-old woman who complained of intermittent vertigo and who was treated with this technique is included.

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