Can Chiropractic Help With Heartburn?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux or heartburn, is a chronic digestive disease. GERD occurs when there is a backup of stomach acid or bile into the esophagus. If the condition becomes chronic (a couple of times a week for weeks on end), the constant backwash of acid can irritate the lining of your esophagus, causing it to become inflamed (esophagitis). Over time, the inflammation can break down the esophageal lining, causing complications such as ulcers, esophageal narrowing or Barrett's esophagus (a precancerous condition).
GERD is becoming more prevalent among middle-aged and older populations. In recent years, even younger populations are developing GERD at an alarming rate. While there are several factors that can increase the risk of developing GERD (smoking, obesity, asthma, diet, and caffeine intake), an abnormal curvature of the mid- and lower back has also been linked to GERD. A reversal of the low back curvature (lumbar kyphosis and too much curve in the mid-back (thoracic hyperkyphosis) can cause increased pressure on the stomach and esophageal system, which inhibits the stomach-gastric muscles reflex activity (a critically important process in aiding digestion). Furthermore, abnormal curves of the low and mid-back can place increased pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that exit the spine and are responsible for every function in the human body. This increased pressure can be very detrimental to the nerves and impair the overall function of the digestive system.
Symptoms of Acid Reflux
GERD signs and symptoms can include:
- Acidic taste in the mouth
- Chest pain
- A choking feeling in the throat
- A feeling of a blocked esophagus
- Difficulty or inability to swallow
- Burning sensation in esophagus
How Chiropractic Can Help With Acid Reflux
Regular spinal adjustments will help to reactivate and normalize the nerve supply to the abdomen. This will help heal some of the damage done to the esophagus and stomach by increasing nervous activity to the area as well as blood and nutrient flow. Resuming more normal nervous supply to the abdomen can also strengthen the muscles around the stomach and reduce the pressure placed on it. I practice Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), one of the most researched, scientific, and results-oriented corrective care techniques in the world. By using precise measurements of the spinal curvatures to understand where the weaknesses lie and targeting them to improve strength and stability, I can help return your spinal curvatures to a more normal position. Doing so will decrease the pressure placed on your spinal nerves and overall on the esophageal system.
Other Ways to Relieve Acid Reflux
- Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day.
- Eat slowly to allow your body to digest more readily.
- Avoid fried, spicy, and acid based foods (tomatoes, coffee, etc.)
- Wait at least three hours after eating a meal to lie down or exercise.
- Take a probiotic daily to improve the healthy gut biome. Here’s a link to my favorite probiotic from Metagenics.
- Strengthen your stomach muscles to help relieve pressure on the stomach.
Are you having acid reflux problems and need some relief? Chiropractic adjustments can help. Please don’t hesitate to call or email us to schedule - (510) 922-1579, our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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