Blocked Nerves Could be the Cause of Your IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects tens of millions of Americans every year. For some, it’s passing queasiness or cramping; for others, it means an incredibly strict diet and agony for days at a time. Because symptoms are localized to the stomach, many people mistakenly believe this is where treatment starts. However, there are many possible causes of IBS – and your spine could actually be at the root of the problem.
Most believe IBS is a chronic condition that can only be managed through medication. What you might not realize, however, is that something as seemingly innocuous as a chiropractic visit could also help to mitigate symptoms! The experienced staff at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA has seen the effects of positive spinal alignment on IBS sufferers before, and we want to be your partners in improving your health.
What is IBS?
This condition chiefly affects middle-aged and older women, though it can strike any age group. Some cases are mild, whereas others are severe and disrupt everyday life. It is most generally associated with the following symptoms:
- Stomach pain;
- Irregular bowels;
- Loss of Appetite
There are three main types of IBS, which are associated with whether you’re experiencing constipation, diarrhea, or both. Seeking the counsel of a medical professional is the first step toward a proper diagnosis.
Understanding the spine’s role
Most IBS sufferers define their condition by its trigger. They eat a certain food and a flare-up ensues, teaching them to stay away from that food, but this is merely a management technique. Actively working to remedy your IBS means tracing its cause, and looking for nerve dysfunction is an important consideration due the negative impact poor posture and spinal misalignments have on organ function.
In a surprising number of cases, blocked or faulty nerve signals have been known to cause IBS. Nerve signals travel from the brain throughout the body via the spinal cord. When vertebrae are misaligned, these nerves are negatively affected and may not communicate properly with the rest of the body. This is may cause organs to malfunction, including the digestive system.
In a surprising number of cases, blocked or faulty nerve signals have been known to cause IBS. Nerve signals travel from the brain throughout the body via the spinal cord. When vertebrae are misaligned, these nerves become compressed and may not communicate properly with the rest of the body. This is liable to cause organs to malfunction, including the digestive system.
The misalignments could be from an injury, a sedentary lifestyle, or poor posture. They could also be the result of stress. For example, medical professionals have speculated that “traveler’s complaint” – diarrhea or constipation while traveling – is caused by a disruption to the nervous system. The concept is the same for IBS, just on a chronic scale.
How chiropractic can help
If IBS does originate in the spine, a chiropractor could be the answer for relief. Chiropractors are trained specialists in correcting subluxations (misalignments) of the spine so nerve signals are able to flow freely through the spinal cord. Some answers to alleviating compressions include:
- Spinal adjustments to reduce pain, improve spinal mobility and nerve function;
- Exercises and stretching for increased flexibility and core strength;
- Traction (stretch therapy) to restore healthy spinal alignment and posture;
- Massage or trigger point therapy to restore key muscle groups;
- Lifestyle changes such as adopting a nutritious diet, brain building diet and a routine aerobic exercise plan
Many people immediately turn to prescription drugs to ease the symptoms of IBS. This strategy generally only offers short-term benefits or treats symptoms. Chiropractic is a holistic, conservative way of improving nerve function that has helped many IBS patients. It goes beyond merely covering up the symptoms, and works to address issues like stress and spinal misalignments that contribute to the root cause.
Are you an IBS sufferer ready to take a step toward restoring your long-term health? The experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA want to help you feel your best. That’s why we use the results-driven Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program to pinpoint spinal subluxations and determine if they’re affecting your digestive system. Contact us today for a complimentary 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.