How Chiropractic Care Can
Help with Digestive Problems
Whether you’re suffering from chronic heartburn, reflux, diarrhea, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome or another digestive issue, you’ve probably spent more than your fair share on money on over-the-counter and prescription medications to alleviate your symptoms. While these drugs may provide symptom relieve, they do not treat the underlying cause of your digestive issues, and thus, you are essentially in a never-ending cycle of trying to treat your problem with no cure.
A Chiropractic approach is extremely effective at treating issues related to digestion. Believe it or not, your digestive system is entirely linked to your nervous system, and your nervous system has complete control over various aspects of your digestive function. For example, the nerves in the thoracic and lumbar regions of your spine control the pace at which your body digests food. At each level of your spine, nerves feed organs, glands and tissues vital messages from the brain. What has been found to be common with people who have digestive problems such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, IBS and Crohns is that often the low back is compromised. If any of the numerous nerves in your spine are functioning improperly, problems with digestion can easily arise. The pressure on the nervous system that results from chronic undetected subluxation (spinal misalignment) can have significant effects on digestion and the absorption of nutrients and liquids.
Subluxations are minor to severe misalignments in your spine that interfere with these nerves’ ability to properly control digestion. When the spine is aligned improperly, stress and strain are put on the nerves, leaving them incapable of sending out the necessary signals to your digestive organs that trigger them to work properly. As a result, ailments such as chronic acid reflux, upset stomach and constipation develop. Until the interference in your nervous system is corrected, these conditions will continue to ail you.
Our specific Chiropractic approach at Britannia Chiropractic Clinic can safely, gently and non-invasively correct subluxations in your spine through chiropractic adjustments. This involves us using our hands to gently, safely, and effectively guide your vertebrae back into their proper places. This will take the strain off of your nervous system and allow it to function at its optimum level once more, thus, helping your digestive issues subside. After a few visits to a chiropractor, you may find that your symptoms are completely gone and you are no longer relying on medications to function.
Chiropractic adjustments aren’t just effective at treating digestive issues in adults. Studies have shown that this form of medicine is particularly effective at relieving digestive issues in infants, primarily those suffering from constipation and infrequent bowel movements. “It is easy to see why people with all kinds of digestive and intestinal disorders respond very well to specific Chiropractic Corrective Adjustments. All human processes are monitored and controlled by the human brain, spinal cord and the network of nerves exiting the spine that run through the whole body,” the researchers said.
Be assured that chiropractic care does offer a positive approach to helping those suffer from digestion issues. For the majority checked in our clinic, there has either been a significant overall improvement or it has completely solved the problem. If you or someone you know is suffering with tummy and digestion issues, feel free to call us at (613) 726-8830 for a complimentary consultation and to set up a time to have your spine and nervous system checked.
Dr. David Guest is a Doctor of Chiropractic, a member of the Ontario Chiropractic Association, College of Chiropractors of Ontario, Canadian Chiropractic Association, and New Zealand Chiropractic Association, and an owner of Britannia Chiropractic Clinic in Ottawa, ON. Dr. Guest focuses on an area of chiropractic called Structural Correction and has been in practice for 13 years. You can reach Dr. Guest by sending an email or calling or (613) 726-8830.
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