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.