Chiropractic care doesn’t just ease aches and pains in your joints and muscles. The therapy may also offer an effective treatment option if you have frequent stomach aches, reflux, constipation, and other gastrointestinal conditions.
How chiropractic care treats the source of your gut problems.
Your nervous system controls every part of your body, including your gastrointestinal system. A collection of nerves branches out from the lower part of your spinal cord and travels to your stomach and intestines. Nerves carry messages from one part of the body to another and play an essential role in digestion, movement of food through the gastrointestinal system, absorptions of nutrients and minerals, and removal of waste products via the intestines.
Misalignments of your vertebrae, known as “subluxations”, interfere with the way nerves function. When the vertebrae aren’t properly aligned, bones or spinal discs can press against nerves, pinching or compressing them. This can cause the organs to malfunction, resulting in heartburn, gas, cramping, diarrhea, constipation or other symptoms. Muscle tension in your abdomen can also contribute to digestive problems, whether it occurs due to stress or as a result of sitting for hours every day.
Chiropractic treatment is aimed at relieving pressure on your nerves, joints, and muscles by realigning the vertebrae in your spine. Spinal manipulation or mobilization are two techniques that are commonly used to improve the alignment of your spinal column. Quick thrusts realign vertebrae during spinal manipulation, while slower, gentler movements are used during mobilization. Massage and other therapeutic techniques may also be part of your treatment plan.
Chiropractic care is a good option for GERD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Other Digestive Conditions.
Digestive problems are particularly common in the U.S. and affect 60 to 70 million people, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ Digestive Disease Statistics of the United States report.
Twenty million people experience reflux, a common symptom of the gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), at least once a week, the report notes. GERD affects both children and adults and can cause heartburn, chest pain, sore throat, nausea, belching, and difficulty swallowing. Reflux occurs when stomach acids travel out of the stomach and into the esophagus.
Reflux and other GERD symptoms can occur if nerves that serve the stomach and esophagus malfunction and irritate these organs. Chiropractic treatment relieves irritation and restores normal functioning.
Chiropractic Care can also help you manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In a Chinese study, IBS patients who received spinal manipulation treatment five times experienced a significant reduction in the severity and frequency of their symptoms.
Chiropractic treatment is an excellent choice no matter what type of gastrointestinal issue you have. It may reduce flare-ups of Crohn’s disease, help relieve chronic constipation, decrease abdominal pain and bloating, and even ease colic in infants.
Don’t let digestive issues affect your quality of life. Chiropractic care can help you control your symptoms and may even allow you to reduce your dependence on medications. Contact us to schedule an appointment.