Digestive Problems Irvine CA
Can a Chiropractor Help with Digestive Problems?
Our Chiropractor Treats GERD, Acid Reflux, Heartburn, Constipation and More
A subluxation (misalignment of vertebrae in the spine) can cause problems anywhere in the body, including the gastrointestinal system. Depending on the location and severity of the subluxation, a person may end up struggling with a combination of heartburn, acid reflux and/or GERD, or constipation and other problems.
Chiropractic for Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD
Patients who have a subluxation located in the upper thoracic spine (middle of the back around the T5 vertebra), it can pinch nerves that affect the production of stomach acids and enzymes responsible for digestion. These nerves also impact the function of the lower esophageal sphincter—the muscle responsible for closing the esophagus after food passes into the stomach. If that doesn’t work, the symptom of heartburn can result when stomach acid splashes back up into the esophagus. Acid reflux is the name of the condition, and GERD is what we call it when the condition becomes chronic.
By correcting subluxations in the upper thoracic spine, these troublesome digestive problems are successfully resolved.
Chiropractic for Constipation, Gas & Bloating
A subluxation in the lower back (lumbar or sacral spine area) can interfere with nerves communicating with the large intestines. In fact, many of our lower back pain and sciatica patients have co-occurring problems with constipation, gas and bloating for this very reason. Chiropractors Dr. Lee, Dr. Melad and Dr. Untalan can relieve both the lower back pain and/or sciatica while also providing relief for these digestive problems.