Using Chiropractic Care for Digestive Health

Millions of people across the nation suffer some form of digestive discomfort, whether chronic or occasional.  Large amounts of money are spent each year on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and homeopathic remedies to find relief from conditions such as heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, and countless others.  As discomfort from these conditions continues, patients often find themselves visiting specialists more frequently, undergoing multiple tests, and relying on medications just to feel normal.  What many do not realize is that a potential solution to their problem can often be found without the need for any of these. 

The body’s digestive system relies on the nervous system to function properly.  In fact, there are millions of nerve cells located throughout the small intestine, colon, stomach, and esophagus, all communicating with the brain through pathways located within the spine.  When subluxations or misalignments along the spine occur, there is often a direct impact on digestive health.  Patients may begin to suffer from any number of unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms unnecessarily, never realizing that a skilled chiropractor may be best able to offer them relief. 

Seeing a Chiropractor for Acid Reflux or Heartburn

Acid reflux is a condition in which contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus, often resulting in a burning sensation. Antacids are often used to restore comfort, and severe cases may even require surgery. When not treated successfully, long-term damage to the esophagus can result. A chiropractor can help by strengthening the muscles surrounding the spine and relieving pressure on the stomach and nerves that contribute to heartburn.

Seeing a Chiropractor for Crohn’s Disease

An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s is a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. It is often accompanied by diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and weight loss. Research has found that some Crohn’s patients experience long-term improvement following regular chiropractic adjustments.

Seeing a Chiropractor for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder affecting the colon or large intestine. Sufferers can have a wide range of troublesome symptoms, including diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and bloating. The condition can be difficult to diagnose due to the variety of ways in which it manifests, and it can be even more difficult to treat. Chiropractic care has been shown to not only help improve IBS symptoms, but is also effective in treating many other conditions seen in conjunction with it, such as migraines and fibromyalgia.

These disorders represent only a few of the many digestive conditions which may be treatable with chiropractic care.  Oftentimes, there will be chronic, bothersome symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal pain with no formal diagnosis.  In other cases, the discomfort may only be occasional.  Regardless of the frequency and severity of symptoms, chiropractic care is often an effective and non-invasive solution.  For a great number of patients, first seeing a qualified chiropractic physician will not only bring them relief, but it will also enable them to avoid weeks, months, or even years of discomfort, doctor’s appointments, and unnecessary medications.

If you are suffering from gastrointestinal discomfort and are looking for a solution, contact SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers.  Our physicians are skilled in the identification and relief of spinal subluxations which may be a contributing factor to your symptoms.  A simple consultation will help us determine if you may be able to benefit from chiropractic treatment and which options are ideal for your particular case.  Request your appointment at our Belmont or Gastonia location by clicking below.

Why You Should See a Chiropractor After an Accident

Auto accidents happen quickly, often before we are able to see or react to them.  It takes just a moment for a speeding car to make its impact, and in the meantime, the body goes through a series of reactions.  You may only have a second or less of realization before an accident occurs.  During that time, a fear response is already underway.  Your pupils may dilate, muscles tighten, and breathing become more rapid as the adrenal glands begin to release stress hormones such as adrenaline or cortisol.  Then, there’s the impact.

When your car strikes another vehicle or object, there can be a number of different outcomes.  The type and position of the object you strike and the speed at which one or both are traveling will determine how your body responds.  But in any case, the vehicle may come to an abrupt stop, while the body continues to travel at the original speed, hurling strongly in one direction and sending internal organs slamming into each other or the skeletal system.  Thankfully, due to the body’s initial responses and stress hormones, you may not immediately feel pain.  In fact, it could be days before your injuries manifest, and in some cases, these injuries lead to additional problems that could be weeks or even months down the road.

Soft Tissue Injuries from a Car Accident

Injuries affecting soft tissue are among the most common delayed injuries, and among these, whiplash occurs most frequently.  Whiplash refers to soft tissues injuries in the neck, sustained when the head is quickly and forcibly moved from one side to the other during impact.  Symptoms of whiplash, which include neck stiffness, back pain, and cognitive problems, can appear gradually, over a course of days.  And if left untreated, whiplash can lead to longer lasting problems such as chronic back and neck pain.

In addition to whiplash, other soft tissue injuries can include sprains, strains, and contusions.  These may be marked by stiffness, swelling and bruising, but others may be less noticeable.

Chiropractic Treatment for Soft Tissue Injuries

Because soft tissue injuries can appear gradually, seeking medical attention quickly is advisable.  Even if their full effect cannot yet be felt, there is a strong likelihood that an injury is lingering.  Making an appointment with a chiropractor as soon as possible will help minimize pain and injury while also preventing further damage.

Soft tissue injury treatment and diagnosis can be difficult, but it is, fortunately, an area in which chiropractors are especially well-equipped.  Not only can they evaluate the full extent of the injury, they can pinpoint the exact source and develop a non-surgical treatment plan to bring relief and function to the injured areas. 

As opposed to pain-relieving medications or injections, chiropractic physicians can utilize techniques such as spinal manipulation and soft tissue rehabilitation.  These therapies can include manual manipulation of the spine, massage therapy, electro-stimulation, stretching, and strength exercises, all combined in a way that is most beneficial for any patient’s particular circumstances.

If you’ve been in an auto accident, don’t wait for pain to rear its ugly head.  Make an appointment with a chiropractor to help identify any soft tissue injuries that may cause problems for you in the short- or long-term.  The sooner these problems can be located and addressed, the quicker and stronger recovery will be.

For those in the Greater Charlotte area, contact SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers.  With clinics located in both Gastonia and Belmont, we are sure to have a location and skilled physician that is convenient to you.  Simply click below to request your appointment.