HEALTH: Treating digestion problems with chiropractic care |

HEALTH: Treating digestion problems with chiropractic care

Drs. Jen Sanford and Nick Sechrist
Free Press Health Columnists
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Ugh. You know that feeling in your belly after your third helping of holiday dinner? You know? When you look down at your belly and could swear that you’re six months pregnant? Not good!

What about the next day, how do you feel then? Not so fantastic, probably. Some digestive problems you could experience that next day include: chronic heartburn, irregular bowel movements, acid reflux and bloating, just to name a few.

These symptoms may occur for other reasons in addition to overeating. For example, the stomach, gall bladder and large intestine have the highest degree of incidence of gastrointestinal disturbance with symptoms like gas, bloating and indigestion. However, the pancreas, liver, and the small intestine also play important roles in the digestive process and can cause pain and discomfort when malfunctioning. While it’s best to avoid these issues by not overeating, chiropractic care can help resolve digestive complaints when they occur.

Chiropractors have found that problems with the organs of digestion may start due to spinal subluxations. A subluxation is a slight displacement of the spinal vertebrae. Subluxations within specific areas of the spine can inhibit the intestines and digestive functions from functioning properly. Factors such as trauma, toxins and stress can cause subluxation and specific chiropractic adjustments realign the altered region and restore nerve supply to the deficient organs. This approach honors the body’s innate ability to heal and works to harmonize the nervous system in order to enhance organ function and quality of life.

According to US News, Americans spent $6.3 billion in 2009 on Nexium, a drug that offers 24-hour heartburn relief caused by acid reflux disease. Addressing digestive issues with chiropractic care will often get to the underlying cause with fewer side effects than simply treating with medication and with less cost associated. Chiropractic uses your body’s natural ability to heal on its own, making it a very safe solution for digestive problems AND with no harmful side effects. With chiropractic care you can also experience relief from neck pain, back pain, inflammation and muscle spasms, which often accompany digestive issues. Adjustments at Healing Horizons are simple, noninvasive and gentle. Furthermore, anyone can safely receive chiropractic adjustments including babies, kids, pregnant women and geriatric patients.

We have had great success in our office with patients who have irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, food intolerances and heartburn. We have helped babies with reflux, excessive spitting up and with colic. If you have chronic heartburn, irregular bowel movements, acid reflux or bloating and would like to speak to the chiropractors at Healing Horizons, call for a complimentary consultation. We would love to meet you and discuss how chiropractic care can help you and your digestive system.

Jen Sanford and Nick Sechrist, both doctors of chiropractic, practice at Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions. Reach them at 970-256-8449.

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