Chiropractic Care for Acid Reflux
It's estimated one-third of Americans suffer from acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) which occurs when the valve at the top of the stomach doesn't stay contracted. This permits the stomach's acid to creep up to the esophagus causing the pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care and routine adjustments can specfically address this concern, targeting the spine's nerves that directly support the stomach's valve. While the marketplace offers several over-the-counter medications for acid reflux, that doesn't really solve the problem. There is also risks associated with acid reduction medications, one being the complete eradication of the stomach's acid. Stomach acid does have a purpose, it helps the body absorb calcium, which strengthens bone density. Removing all stomach acid can hamper that important process. That's where natural, manual medicine like chiropractic comes into play. Routine adjustments of the spine can help everyone, including infants, and the healing process is relatively quick. Often just a single handful of adjustments will address acid reflux and the patient will be free of symptoms for six months up to a year before requiring additional adjustments specific to reflux issues. Living a healthy lifestyle including maintaining a proper weight and exercisingoften can also reduce acid reflux. Tune in as Michael Milbauer D.C.explains how chiropractic care can address acid reflux.