GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is known to most people as a more severe form of acid reflux. Acid reflux deals with the backwards flow of acid from the stomach into the esophagus, and GERD is diagnosed when this backwards flow occurs frequently and severely, possibly including additional symptoms. GERD involves regular heartburn, regurgitation of food or liquid, problems swallowing, coughing, and wheezing. It may also involve chest pain or feeling like there is a lump in the throat.
Normally, the muscle at the bottom of the esophagus (the esophageal sphincter) remains closed and only opens to allow food and liquid through it and into the stomach. When this muscle is weakened or not working properly, it can open at random times and result in a backwards flow of stomach acid into the esophagus, leading to discomfort and pain. When this backflow occurs frequently, an individual is usually diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
Taking Care of GERD Symptoms
If you’ve been diagnosed with GERD, your doctor has likely suggested that you make some lifestyle changes to help manage the symptoms. Eating a healthier and more balanced diet is typically the first step in relieving yourself of the discomfort of GERD. Avoiding fatty and fried foods, increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption, limiting or eliminating caffeine or alcohol, and eating small meals are just some of the ways you can help alleviate GERD symptoms. Depending on the severity and frequency of your discomfort from GERD, your doctor may also encourage you to take over-the-counter medications, or he may prescribe more powerful medications or suggest surgery.
Better Options for GERD Relief
While changing your diet is going to be beneficial beyond just helping with GERD, there are other ways you can find relief from GERD and they don’t involve potentially risky medications or surgeries.
Your entire body is controlled by your nervous system, which consists of an intricate web of nerves that makes everything in your body function in a specific way. If there is any sort of nerve interference within your body, the messages the brain sends about how to properly function will not be received properly, leading to dysfunction and health problems. GERD is one such issue that stems from nerve interference, with the interference likely occurring in a nerve that travels through the spine.
Several studies have been done to explore the effects of chiropractic on those suffering from GERD, and the results have been incredibly encouraging. One such study found that the main cause of many instances of GERD is medication that negatively affects the esophageal sphincter. Getting under chiropractic care will not only help with GERD, but it will improve overall health and body function, leading to a reduced need for medications and fewer medicine-related complications and health issues. Another study explored GERD in an infant, who experienced full resolution of all her issues within three months of beginning chiropractic care.
Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor can provide you with chiropractic care that treats not only your GERD symptoms, but the root cause of the issues you’re facing. Gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments will restore your spine to proper alignment, leading to reduced nerve interference and more productive and effective body function. Call Dr. Grant and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic today to schedule a consultation.
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