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Chiropractic Soothes the Fire of Acid Reflux

By Chris Brown

It's a few hours after dinner when you feel the first burning in your chest. Then, you taste a painful acid rising up the back of your throat. Don't fear, you are not alone. This extremely common condition can harmlessly arise from a range of lifestyle factors. However, when a burning throat becomes a regular occurrence, it can lead to bad consequences. Luckily, a visit to the chiropractor may save you permanent dependence on acid reflux medications. Chiropractic offers proven results on helping tame the burning of regular acid reflux.

Where the Regular Acid Reflux Comes From

Regular acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is so common in Western countries that it affects 20 to 30 percent of people. It is defined as having two or more incidents of acid reflux a week. Acid reflux occurs when the hydrochloric acid in the stomach comes up into the esophagus. This can be caused by a lifestyle, such as diet, smoking, or low exercise, or simply genetic factors. While annoying and temporarily painful, the most dangerous element of chronic acid reflux is its potential damage to the throat. If the throat's esophagus is exposed to too much stomach acid, it can be permanently damaged and even become cancerous.

That is why it is important to catch GERD early, before serious damage is done. Mainstream GERD treatments incorporate various drugs and lifestyle changes. However, chiropractic may potentially offer a medication-free way to improve and reverse chronic acid reflux.

Spinal Manipulation's Effects on GERD

There have been several studies into the effects of chiropractic spinal manipulation upon GERD. Studies have found chiropractic care to reduce severity and frequency of acid reflux in patients. One case study of a 42-year-old female with GERD found that her symptoms resolved completely after one year of regular chiropractic treatment, but returned six months after stopping treatment. Therefore, chiropractic is likely a long-term treatment for GERD patients. The theory behind the successes of chiropractic with GERD is that certain spinal subluxations, which chiropractic corrects, are responsible for misfiring the nerves to the stomach. The misfiring causes acids to rise into the throat. When certain subluxations are released, the stomach becomes optimized by its ability to effectively communicate with the brain. It therefore can control the overflow of stomach acid before it shoots up the esophagus.

If you are being tormented by regular acid reflux, visit The Joint Chiropractic for a consultation today. All sessions are walk-in only and so there is no need to plan ahead. Just show up to be treated by a doctor of chiropractic at an affordable price.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.

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