GERD and Chiropractic Care
Severe acid reflux can be a painful, frustrating condition that many people suffer from today. It is also known as GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. GERD is caused by acid in the stomach that travels up into the throat after eating or drinking instead of staying down in the stomach where it belongs. It can lead to an uncomfortable burning sensation. While medications can help for a short time, the problem only returns once medicines wear off, providing only a temporary fix. If you are searching for a long-term solution for GERD, you may want to consider chiropractic care from a Norcross chiropractor.
Causes of GERD
There can be a number of problems that can ultimately lead to GERD and they can vary. For instance, simply consuming a poor diet may be the source of acid reflux. Obesity can also lead to symptoms of GERD over time. Pregnant women can attest to the fact that acid reflux is magnified during pregnancy, leading to discomfort. Some other health conditions such as smoking, stress, or even taking certain medications will result in problems with acid reflux. In more serious cases, a hiatal hernia can lead to GERD. This occurs when the stomach pushes up into the hiatus (part of the diaphragm) and causes a hole that allows food and stomach acid to come back up through the hole, thus causing the severe acid reflux associated with GERD.
How Do I Know if I Have GERD?
There are many symptoms associated with GERD that can be a sign you are suffering from this condition. For example, GERD can cause a burning sensation, nausea, or an acidic taste to form in your mouth. It can also feel like something is blocking your esophagus or causing you to feel like you are choking. Sometimes it can lead to chest pain or an inability to swallow properly. Needless to say, these symptoms can be annoying and downright painful. But you don’t have to live with GERD. Norcross chiropractor Dr. Esther Widjaja can help ease symptoms of GERD to bring about relief from acid reflux.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for GERD
The spine plays an essential role in overall health. Proper spinal care through regular visits to a Norcross chiropractor can not only help you manage a healthy weight and relieve stress, but it can also provide optimal central nervous system function by removing spinal misalignments that cause nerve interference. Once interference is removed through gentle and safe adjustments from Dr. Widjaja of Phoenix Chiropractic, the brain and body can communicate without interruption. The root cause of GERD is often associated with nerve interference and can be corrected with chiropractic care over time. Case studies show evidence of the effectiveness of chiropractic care. In one such case study, it was found that medications only exacerbate GERD symptoms, but many have found success through chiropractic care. Another case study looked at an infant who suffered from GERD. After undergoing chiropractic care, she saw a complete resolution of GERD.
If you or someone you know is suffering from GERD, turn to Norcross chiropractic care for relief. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Esther Widjaja of Phoenix Chiropractic to experience the benefits of chiropractic care for alleviating GERD and promoting whole body health.
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