Almost everyone will experience acid reflux at some point in their lives, and up to 30% of people experience the symptoms weekly. It can affect anyone of any age, and although it is often referred to as heartburn, the heart has nothing to do with acid reflux.
Those with regular symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn tend to take medicinal acid reflux treatments to provide temporary relief by blocking the production of their stomach acid. But this does not treat the cause of their reflux, and prolonged use of these medications can even result in leaky gut syndrome. This is a condition where the food is not getting properly digested, due to the low levels of stomach acids. For this reason, long-term sufferers may want to investigate more natural and holistic acid reflux treatments and may explore chiropractic acid reflux remedies.
What causes acid reflux?
The cause of your acid reflux will affect the treatment your chiropractor administers, so they will first want to assess the cause for you. Acid reflux is not actually caused by having too much stomach acid; it is because the acid is escaping from the stomach into the esophagus. There are a number of reasons this could be happening.
Hiatal hernias are a common cause of acid reflux. This is a condition where a section of the stomach is herniated through the oesophageal opening and it remains trapped up in the chest cavity, unable to move back down to the abdomen. As a result, the stomach acid can travel into the food pipe.
Other causes of acid reflux include GERD, spinal misalignment, weak back muscles, weight gain, pregnancy, and certain medications. You may find that some foods and drinks trigger your acid reflux symptoms, but they are not the cause.
What can acid reflux treatments my chiropractor offer?
If your acid reflux is due to a Hiatal hernia, a chiropractor can carefully manipulate the stomach back into the abdomen, below the diaphragm, where it should be. This acid reflux treatment is highly effective and has a great success in reducing, or even eliminating, the symptoms of acid reflux.
A chiropractor can also help you by removing stress from your spine and joints, therefore relieving pressure from the stomach. Chiropractic spinal adjustments can help correct misalignments in the spine, which in turn will reconnect the stomach’s nerve supply. Once the nerves are reconnected, they will be able to transmit messages from the brain, and your muscles can function properly.
Another acid reflux remedy is to manipulate the lower oesophageal sphincter muscles, releasing stress and tension. Sometimes these muscles can become too tight due to stress and anxiety, which could be causing your reflux.
These acid reflux treatments can all be performed by your chiropractor, but they may also suggest a weight loss or weight management plan for you to follow. Being overweight, or having a rapid weight gain, can put you at risk for acid reflux so it is important for you to monitor your weight in conjunction with these other acid reflux treatments.