It is fairly common for people to get heartburn. The most common reasons for heartburn come from dietary choices, stress, genetics, and even pregnancy.
Heartburn is characterized by a burning sensation in the chest, which is caused by stomach acids and enzymes intruding upward into the esophagus and gnawing on its lining. Known as reflux, this may occur more than occasionally for some people. Chronic heartburn, called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, can be caused by a variety of stomach ailments. It can also lead to future complications including esophageal cancer.
Unfortunately, most drugs designed to treat GERD do not always address the underlying issues behind it. Usually, they target stomach acid production, either limiting it or stopping it altogether. This may help if the issue is caused solely by excess acid production, but that is not necessarily the case. Such medications often end up causing more harm than good, and may even lead to cancer. In addition, they still often fail to prevent reflux.
As an alternative, GERD may be helped through chiropractic care.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Heartburn and GERD
Often, GERD is caused by a hiatal hernia, which occurs when the stomach pokes through the diaphragm. The diaphragm muscle will tend to pinch the stomach, causing its contents to be forced up into the esophagus. One of the most reliable ways to treat a hiatal hernia is through chiropractic care.
Another cause of GERD is stomach ulcers. Often, those who have ulcers also have pain between their shoulder blades. This is due to the fact that the stomach and upper back share the same nerve supply. When the nerves are disrupted in some way, it inhibits brain signals that promote healing, so treating that disruption in the upper back can speed up the healing process in the stomach. With chiropractic adjustment, this neural disruption is removed, and the body can then deal with the ulcers properly.
If you are struggling with GERD, a visit to a chiropractor can dramatically help you. Continued visits will also help to reduce your chances of getting gastroesophageal reflux disease in the future as you keep your spine in proper alignment to facilitate bodily healing.
Regular heartburn and GERD are both painful conditions to live with. Stop by The Joint today to get relief through wellness adjustments that benefit the whole body and help improve your overall health.
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