The frustration, pain, and difficulty of dealing with digestive disorders can be both physically and mentally draining. This is especially true for patients who struggle to find an effective treatment or even a good diagnosis. Find out why some patients are turning to chiropractic care for relief.
Digestive Disorders and Chiropractic Care
Chronic heartburn, diarrhea, constipation and other symptoms of gastric distress can have devastating effects on your quality of life, especially if they don't respond to treatment or require constant monitoring in order to control. For some patients, controlling these conditions means a steady flow of over-the-counter or prescription medications, some of which can have side-effects almost as unpleasant as the condition they're intended to treat.
When most people think about chiropractic care, they imagine a treatment for low back pain and perhaps conditions like whiplash; they often don't realize that there is evidence spinal manipulation therapy can have a positive impact on conditions affecting the digestive system.
Chiropractic care focuses on the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on spinal health, but poor spine health can have far-reaching implications throughout the body. Subluxations, which are misalignments of the vertebrae protecting your spinal cord and providing support for your body, can interfere with the signals being transmitted from the spinal cord to various internal systems. When these misalignments affect the nerves charged with communicating information between the central nervous system and the digestive system, for instance, complications can arise in the form of gas, bloating, upset stomach and general gastrointestinal difficulties.