Keeping GERD in Check with Proper Spinal Health

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If you suffer from acid reflux, gastric esophageal reflux disease (GERD), or other digestive conditions, management of these ailments has likely become a cornerstone of your daily life. You avoid certain foods and pop an antacid after eating, and when those don’t work anymore, you go to your doctor for heavy-duty prescription drugs.

But while medication may provide some relief for you, long-term use of prescription drugs often leads to even more problems. For many, gastrointestinal issues – even those managed by drugs – frequently end in invasive surgeries.

If you suffer from GERD, you may be able to address the root cause of the problem without resorting to drastic solutions. Chiropractic care has shown surprising benefits for patients with a variety of stomach and digestion issues. The team at Stability Health Center are your Seattle, WA experts in chiropractic care. We’ve helped patients address digestive problems through specialized approaches to spinal care, where many of these issues are rooted.

The connection between your spine and digestion

You probably aren’t assuming that the pain associated with heartburn or nausea could be connected to your spine. However, the spinal column plays a critical role in regulating our bodies. Because nerve signals flow through the spine, any slight misalignment can cause things to go haywire. Blocked signals could mean your stomach or digestive muscles aren’t able to regulate themselves appropriately, leading to chronic conditions.

Inflammation is another core component of many digestive conditions. If you have subluxations in your spine, it’s also likely that you’re experiencing inflammation as well. When this happens, your body realizes there’s a problem and it can strain itself trying to remedy the condition. Undue stress can take the form of acid reflux and GERD symptoms.

Chiropractic tactics for wellness

Chiropractic care can be an effective solution to addressing symptoms of GERD, acid reflux, heartburn, nausea, and other stomach-related issues. Here’s how it’s effective:

  • One common issue is a hiatal hernia, where the top of the stomach herniates the diaphragm. This is often a result of problems in the lumbar spine. In resolving the spinal misalignment, the hernia is alleviated, thus resolving the symptoms of gastrointestinal issues.
  • By correcting misalignments in the spine, restoring central nervous system function, and strengthening key digestive system muscles. Both of these benefits may address the root cause of the problem and provide long-lasting pain relief.
  • A chiropractor doesn’t just provide treatment. He or she can be your guide to a healthier lifestyle. A chiropractor will help develop a nutritious diet and quality exercise regimen, then keep you on track. Better eating and exercising often equates to better digestive function.[space height=”20″]

If you or a loved one suffers from digestive problems, you know they can bring life to a standstill. Consider how chiropractic can help. Many patients have found a natural, noninvasive solution via chiropractic care, and you can trust the experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA to work with you towards a healthy life. We use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a research-based program designed to create a treatment program that addresses your unique spine and the chief digestion issues that might be connected to it. Call 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.

 

What You Need to Know About Degenerative Disc Disease Pain

Disk disease pain Seattle chiropractorDegenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of lower back and neck pain. This debilitating condition results in varied types of discomfort and affects people differently depending on its severity. If you’re one of the 3 million people diagnosed each year, you may think the pain associated with it is simply inevitable and you just have to live with it.

Understanding your specific type of pain and what’s causing it can be essential in learning how to manage degenerative disc disease. Working with an expert practitioner like Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA can help you to effectively manage your unique symptoms, to keep them in check and mitigate their effect on your wellbeing.

Different kinds of pain

One common cause of degenerative disc disease pain is inflammation. When the disc is inflamed, it can result in lumbar spine (lower back) issues that radiate through the sciatic nerve on the outside of the legs and even to the feet and toes. If inflammation is in the cervical spine (neck), pain often runs down the arms to the hands and fingers.

In other cases, the outer parts of the discs—referred to as the annulus—wear down. These weakened discs can no longer support the spine. This makes motion in the spine more difficult to control and often results in micromotion instability.

Both inflammation and micromotion instability are associated with muscle spasms in the neck and back. This is related to the spinal muscles having to work extra hard to stabilize the body. Both conditions are related to the breakdown of disc cartilage associated with disc dehydration and disc bulges.

Often degenerative disc disease results in sharp flare-ups of pain over the course of a few days, lasting sometimes as long as months. Even after these subsist, you may still experience nerve compression pain if the discs continue to interfere with the role your spine plays in the central nervous system.

The role of chiropractic care

Many patients mistakenly believe that the only solutions available are painkillers or surgery. Taking too many painkillers can lead to negative health outcomes. At best, they temporarily stop the pain. Surgery provides a longer lasting but considerably more invasive and expensive resolution to this condition.

Chiropractic, on the other hand, can be a natural, effective treatment for managing degenerative disc disease. A chiropractor will work with you to develop a treatment that addresses your particular issues. Often treatment includes spinal manipulation, which can correct misalignments in the spine, relieving pain and restoring motion. Your chiropractor may also make recommendations for lifestyle alterations, including adopting a nutritious diet and a low-impact exercise routine.

Don’t let a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease keep you down. No matter what kind of pain you’re experiencing, an expert chiropractor at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA is ready to help you. We use the most effective and proven techniques of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to assess the type and scope of your pain, to provide personalized treatment plans that address your condition. Contact us today to get your 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.