Acid reflux is a truly uncomfortable experience and can cause severe damage. While it many people have the occasional experience of acid reflux, when it occurs frequently it can lead to more damaging diseases and become a risk factor for other conditions. Once you notice that you are experiencing an acid reflux issue, it is in your best interest to book an appointment with a chiropractor.
Let’s Define Acid Reflux
When eating food or drinking a beverage, it all passes from your mouth to your stomach through a tube called your esophagus. The food or beverage enters your stomach, and a special valve of muscle fibers (known as the Lower Esophageal Sphincter) should close. This prevents the contents in your stomach from traveling back up into your esophagus.
When this valve does not close properly, the contents of your stomach leak back into your esophagus. This is called reflux. Your stomach is filled with powerful acids and enzymes that are used to break down foods during the digestive process. The stomach is lined with special cells and coatings to withstand those acids and enzymes. However, the esophaguse does not have the same innate protection. These acids and enzymes cause irritation, burning, and inflammation of the sensitive esophagus.
- Burning pain in the chest
- Difficulty Swallowing
- A sensation that food is stuck in your esophagus
Acid Reflux and Chiropractic Care
Studies have shown that an abnormal curvature of the spine will increase the pressure placed on the stomach and esophageal system. This severe pressure on the stomach can lead to a condition known as hiatal hernia. It is also common that when you have back muscle weakness with an abnormal curvature of the spine, you can develop acid reflux.
Therefore, realigning the spine can significantly help your acid reflux, digestive function, and energy levels. When your spine is realigned back to its natural form, it strengthens the back muscles. This reduces unnecessary pressure on the internal organs and allows nerve energy to flow throughout the body, and now your stomach and other internal organs return to a normal function. It’s that simple!