Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, otherwise known as GERD, is severe acid reflux that occurs when the contents of the stomach are forced back up from the stomach and into the esophagus. A special valve known as the lower esophageal sphincter is responsible for keeping food in the stomach once it passes through the esophagus. In the case of those with GERD, this valve may not be doing its job correctly. It does not fully close which, in turn, allows stomach substances to pass back up into the esophagus. GERD can be extremely irritating as it can cause significant discomfort as well as painful heartburn. Other symptoms may include difficulty swallowing, burning in the chest, the sensation that food is stuck in the esophagus, and nausea. If not treated, symptoms of GERD can worsen and lead to other major health concerns. But you don’t have to accept this type of severe acid reflux as a part of your life. Chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor is a proven and effective method for treating GERD that many people are not aware of.
Non-Invasive Relief for GERD
If you suffer from GERD, chances are you have seen a doctor about your symptoms. Doctors may recommend something as simple as a change in your diet to reduce acid reflux. Avoiding fried or fatty foods and eliminating alcohol and caffeine can help alleviate symptoms. Other lifestyle changes such as exercising more can also reduce symptoms of GERD. However, if these options don’t work, many turn to medications or even invasive surgical procedures in an effort to find relief. But medications are only a short-term solution that don’t actually fix the problem and can also lead to unpleasant side effects. Medications can even have a negative effect, actually making GERD worse instead of better. In extreme cases, medication or surgery may be necessary, but before you turn to these more invasive options, consider consulting a Bentonville chiropractor. Chiropractic care is a natural and safe method for managing GERD that brings about long-term relief through non-invasive means. It is likely the best option for you and certainly should be considered.
How Can Chiropractic Manage Symptoms of GERD?
Chiropractic care and improving spinal health are important in ensuring that the body can function as it should. Spinal misalignments can disrupt nerve communication, which in turn disrupts the natural flow of the body that can lead to all kinds of health concerns and dysfunction, including things like GERD. In fact, chiropractic care has been shown to reduce dependency upon medicine in those who suffer from GERD. A case study of an infant who had been diagnosed with GERD found that with regular chiropractic care, she was able to go off all medication and find complete resolution after just three months of chiropractic care. The central nervous system plays a vital role in how well the body can function. Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can perform gentle chiropractic adjustments to remove spinal misalignments to bring about optimal health and wellness.
Before considering invasive options, turn to chiropractic care to alleviate the often annoying and painful symptoms of GERD. Set up a consultation with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic today.
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