Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Treatment in Waterford, MI
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid travels up the esophagus, causing irritation or damage. In normal digestion, the food travels from the mouth, down their esophagus and enters the stomach. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a muscle that sits between the esophagus and the stomach, preventing food or stomach acid from returning back up the esophagus.
Those who have GERD have a weakened esophageal sphincter.
The most common symptom of GERD is a burning sensation in the chest or throat shortly after eating (heartburn). Some people have GERD without experiencing heartburn. Other symptoms may include:
- Asthma (new or worsening)
- Bad breath
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Dry cough
- Nausea or vomiting
- Regurgitation of food or stomach acid (sour liquid)
Possible Treatment Options
There are many lifestyle and dietary treatment options that can help people with GERD. Some Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) treatments include:
- Avoiding certain foods and beverages
- Eating earlier before sleeping
- Reducing portion sizes at meals
A doctor may also recommend antacids or other medications that reduce stomach acid.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
If you have GERD because your LES is not closing correctly, this is an indication that the nerves are unable to tell the LES what to do. When there is a misalignment (or subluxation) of the spinal cord, this can limit the body’s ability to communicate. A subluxation can occur through an injury, illness or everyday living. Chiropractors can make adjustments in the spine, so the LES begins closing properly again.
Another cause of GERD is a hiatal hernia. This occurs when the upper part of the stomach moves through the diaphragm muscle, causing stomach acid to be forced back up the esophagus. Through chiropractic adjustments and the manipulation of the stomach back through the diaphragm, the hiatal hernia can be reversed.
Chiropractic helps your nervous system for improved wellness and a better quality of life. Why not let us help you by calling and making an appointment?