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Acid Reflux Causes, Symptoms and Chiropractic Treatment
For some people, acid reflux (heartburn) is only a temporary problem that they experience after binging on greasy food or overindulging in alcoholic beverages the night before. However, for many others, heartburn is a serious condition that can affect them every day. These individuals have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and are typically encouraged by their physician to use prescription medications to relieve their symptoms. If you are one of the many people who experience the uncomfortable, burning sensation associated with acid reflux, there is good news. With a few simple lifestyle changes and help from your chiropractor in McMurray, there is a natural solution for relieving the symptoms of heartburn.
What Causes Acid Reflux?
GERD, also known as acid reflux, can lead to damage to your esophagus and can even cause cancer in some people. It is an extremely serious condition that often goes well beyond slight discomfort. There are a number of causes of acid reflux, including:
- Poor diet
- Hiatal hernia
In some situations, other things are also linked to GERD, including smoking, poor posture, stress and some medications.
What are the Symptoms of Acid Reflux?
People who seek help from a chiropractor in McMurray PA for GERD, often report symptoms that include:
- Chest pain
- Acidic taste in the mouth
- Inability to swallow
- Feeling as though their esophagus is blocked
- Burning sensation in the throat and/or chest
- Feelings of being choked or that their throat is blocked
How Does the Nervous System Affect the Digestive Tract?
Your nervous system is responsible for almost everything relating to movement, inside and outside of your bodies, such as experiencing pain, moving your limbs and even the process of your digestive system. Your nervous system aids in the transportation of secretions and the gastrointestinal blood flow. If you have a spinal misalignment in the thoracic region (a part of the body that connects the stomach and the esophagus), it can inhibit (block) the proper secretion of hydrochloric acid (stomach acids) and slow the movement of food through your stomach and into the duodenum, which prevents you from properly digesting food. The undigested food begins to ferment, producing acids and gas, which ultimately escapes into your esophagus, leading to acid reflux.
How Can Your Chiropractor in McMurray Help With Acid Reflux?
Due to the connection between your nervous system and spine, one of the ways a chiropractor can help with GERD is by aligning the spine. When your body and your spine are working together and free from restriction, your digestive system can function more optimally. Along with a spinal alignment, your chiropractor can help treat your acid reflux by helping to take the stress off of your joints and spine, correct joint dysfunctions/restrictions that may help to ensure your entire body is functioning properly and recommend lifestyle changes, such as healthy weight management.
If you’re really struggling with the discomfort of acid reflux, contact us at Anderson Chiropractic.