Tired of Acid Reflux?
It’s Time for Chiropractic Control
Do You Have Acid Reflux?
GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) or simply acid reflux is a condition where your stomach propels acid and other gastric contents back into your food pipe or esophagus. Basically, your stomach produces strong acids and enzymes to digest the food you eat. The lining of your stomach has natural protection against acid damage and there’s a small muscular valve that stops stomach contents from going back into the esophagus.
When this valve or sphincter fails to close completely, stomach acid and other digestive juices move up into your food pipe and damage the delicate esophageal lining. This causes symptoms such as heartburn and if acid reflux happens more than twice a week, you are said to have acid reflux disease or GERD.
What Causes Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease?
As mentioned earlier, acid reflux happens when the valve connecting your stomach and esophagus does not work properly and here are some other common causes of GERD.
The increasing weight of the growing baby exerts pressure on the stomach and most “moms to be” experience heart burn symptoms during the third trimester of pregnancy.
- Excessive smoking
Studies show that smoking stimulates the production of stomach acids and weakens the esophageal sphincter. As a result, strong acids can make way into the esophagus and cause heart burn.
- Eating close to bed time or eating too much spicy foods is also known to cause acid reflux disease.
- You can have GERD if you love consuming caffeinated and carbonated drinks like tea and coffee excessively. Also, drinking too much alcohol can cause acidic contents to move into your esophagus.
- People who eat large food portions are also at higher risk of developing GERD.
Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Help You Manage Acid Reflux
In many cases, even simple lifestyle changes can help you manage acid reflux disease. And here’s what you can do to control the annoying symptoms.
- Quit alcohol and smoking
- Avoid wearing tight clothes or belts
- If you are slightly overweight, consult a wellness chiropractor to lose weight with diet and exercise
- Try to eat smaller meal portions. You can eat 5 to 6 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large meals.
- Consult your healthcare provider to know whether any underlying medical condition could be triggering your heartburn symptoms.
Chiropractic Treatment for Acid Reflux
Well, this may sound strange but misalignment of joints in your neck and spine and even nerve compression can cause symptoms of acid reflux disease. If you’re tired of acid reflux, you can contact our wellness center to know more about your treatment options.
If you haven’t considered chiropractic control, it’s time you know more about this non-invasive treatment. Our wellness chiropractor will evaluate your neck and upper and lower back for problems and guide you about the possible treatment. Simple spinal manipulation or adjustment can help resolve alignment problems in your neck and spine and this should also have a positive effect on the nerve supply to your stomach and esophagus. The holistic care offered by our chiropractors is almost painless and chiropractic care may mean you can say goodbye to GERD for good.