While it is well known that chiropractic care can help with back and neck pain, some may not know it can also help relieve chronic and acute gastrointestinal (GI) conditions as well. The spinal cord is comprised of numerous nerves, as well as spinal fluid. The nerves exit the spinal cord in different places depending on where in the body they are going and what organ or muscle they control. When the spine is misaligned (subluxated), it can cause pinched nerves, which ultimately lead to improper functioning of digestive processes.
What Gastrointestinal Issues Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Your digestive tract is comprised of everything from beginning to end of your food’s journey through the body. This GI system includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus. Various processes occur along this system to break down and eliminate food, which leaves a lot of room for discomfort along the way.
Some of the most common gastrointestinal conditions chiropractic care can help with are:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Chronic heartburn/acid reflux
- Abdominal cramps
While chiropractic adjustments can undoubtedly assist in helping you feel your best, it is also essential to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. Balanced diets rich in fiber and low in sugar have shown to be especially helpful for keeping things moving as they should. It is always recommended that you speak with your primary care physician before making significant changes to your diet or exercise routine, especially if you are sensitive to certain kinds of foods.
How Does a Chiropractic Adjustment Help Digestive Problems?
Your nervous system controls every aspect of your body, including digestion. When the nerves in your thoracic and lumbar spine become subluxated, it can significantly impair your gastrointestinal system’s ability to digest food properly and at the rate that it should. This ultimately leads to problems with acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, etc. In severe cases, chronic medical conditions like Crohn’s, IBS, and diverticulitis become exacerbated. Over time these can lead to irreversible tissue damage.
By having a chiropractor perform gentle manipulations of the spine, your vertebrae are placed back into their proper alignment, thus relieving the pressure placed upon nerves trapped between them. In some cases, multiple adjustments may be needed to alleviate the subluxation adequately, but many times patients leave feeling better than when they came in.
Additionally, chiropractic care is noninvasive and drug-free. This makes it an excellent addition to any ongoing medical care you may be receiving for gastrointestinal conditions like IBS, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, or ulcerative colitis. Although an adjustment may not always be able to cure what ails you, it can help alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms that often accompany medical conditions such as those.
If you have questions about how chiropractic care can help your digestive system function better or to schedule an appointment, please call Kaden Chiropractic and Wellness Center today at (310) 251-0862.