Nausea, Heartburn, Indigestion, Upset Stomach… Chiropractic?
You may think chronic stomach problems like nausea, heartburn, and indigestion are the result of isolated causes. Maybe you’re stressed out? Not eating healthy enough? Behind on exercising? All of these can be contributors to digestive issues.
The common course of action is to take medication to temporarily mask the problems – an antacid here and there or heartburn medication before a meal. The problem is, digestion issues often come back worse than ever. This leads to more medication or new drugs, which start the cycle all over again. At the end of the day, the real problem isn’t being addressed.
This leads back to the original question: what’s causing your nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, etc.? Many people are surprised to find out that the root cause isn’t what they ate, but rather their spine. Specifically, poor spine health.
The team at Elevation Health in Salt Lake City, UT has seen what spinal subluxations can do to the digestive system, and we know it’s not pretty! We help patients to learn about the connection between their spine and their stomach. Instead of reaching for a bottle of chalky pink antacid, we help them explore the power of chiropractic adjustment.
The spine-digestive system connection
The spine plays a critical role in maintaining overall health via the regulation of your nervous system. Nerve signals pass from the brain down the spine to other parts of the body. Usually, the route is unimpeded, however when vertebrae are misaligned, these signals can go haywire.
Signals meant for your gut are no exception. The nervous system supports everything from the organs to muscle function. Therefore, subluxations (misalignments) often wreak havoc on your stomach, contributing to symptoms and conditions including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD);
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS);
- Chronic indigestion;
- Stomach pain.
For stomach problems, the source of nerve signal interruption is usually the thoracic spine (mid back). For example, a subluxation in vertebrae T6 may be the source of dyspepsia, heartburn, nervous stomach, and other conditions. On the other hand, a subluxation in T7 may be liable to be the source of painful ulcers. This entire segment of spine can have profound effects on your digestive health if it’s misaligned.
Sending the right signals
After developing an accurate diagnosis of spinal misalignment, a chiropractor will work on a treatment plan. This includes spinal adjustments to help reset the thoracic spine to restore nerve pathways. By realigning the vertebrae, you restore central nervous system function, potentially eliminating or significantly reducing digestive problems.
A discussion on how to prevent future digestive problems is also important. This may include changing your diet to include more fruits and vegetables, while adopting a low-impact exercise program to strengthen spinal stability. A chiropractor works hard to develop the best support system for the spine, which includes strengthening key muscles and ligaments.
Unlike prescription drugs or over-the-counter remedies, chiropractic aims to address the root causes of the problem and has a very low risk of side effects.
Don’t fear your diet
Are you constantly in fear of eating the wrong thing and sending your stomach into a tailspin? The problem might not be your diet at all. Visit Elevation Health in Salt Lake City, UT today to have your thoracic spine assessed through a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) evaluation. You might be surprised to learn the source of your stomach troubles is attributable to your spine! Contact us today for a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.