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It comes as a surprise to many patients that chiropractic care can and does often help with a myriad of digestive problems. This is because nerves that directly impact your gastrointestinal system can be pinched by misalignments in the spine. When these nerves are pinched, they cannot effectively deliver messages between the brain and your digestive system. When this happens, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), acid reflux and heartburn, constipation and other digestive issues arise. If you have struggled with digestive issues without relief, you owe it to yourself to visit with Irvine chiropractor Dr. John Lee for a natural, effective solution to the underlying root problem.
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.
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.
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. Chiropractor Dr. Lee can relieve both the lower back pain and/or sciatica while also providing relief for these digestive problems.
If you struggle with digestive problems in Irvine, chiropractor Dr. John Lee can provide welcome natural, drug-free relief. Schedule an appointment today by filling out the online form, or calling us at (949) 552-2100. We look forward to working with you!