Nearly everyone will experience acid reflux at some point in their lifetime. Whether it’s from eating too many slices of pizza, drinking a full pot of coffee, stress, etc., acid reflux is an all-too-common condition that affects men and women of all ages. Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it’s characterized by the reflux of stomach acid coming up from the stomach and into the esophagus. While occasional bouts of GERD typically pose no harm, it can still cause discomfort.
One of the most influential risk factors in acid reflux is obesity. According to some estimates, people who are obese are three times more likely to develop GERD when compared to people who maintain a healthy weight. The first step preventing GERD is to ensure you are at a healthy weight. Being just 20-30 pounds over can significantly increase your risk of developing this condition. If you nee help shedding some of those unwanted pounds, talk with your primary care physician for a custom diet and nutrition plan tailored to meet your needs.
A professional chiropractor may be able to offer relief of GERD and its related systems. Chiropractors are trained to optimize the body for improved health and functionality. It’s not uncommon for misalignments (also referred to as subluxations) to interfere with a person’s health, resulting in a wide range of adverse conditions. Through a series of spinal adjustments, however, a professional chiropractor can relieve subluxations, encouraging the body to revert back to its normal, healthy position. Once this occurs, the individual will experience better all-around health with fewer complications.
Acid reflux can be caused from a number of different conditions, one of which is a hiatal hernia. As the name suggests, this conditions occurs when the top part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm. This essentially pushes open the diaphragm, allowing stomach acid to reflux upwards.
If a hiatal hernia is to blame for your acid reflux, a chiropractor may be able to help. By massaging the area in which the upper stomach is pushing through the diaphragm, a chiropractor can guide it back to its normal position. And once the diaphragm is closed, stomach acid will no longer be able to make its way upwards; thus, curing the symptoms of acid reflux.
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