For some, heartburn is just a temporary ordeal that visits them after binging on greasy pizza. For others, though, heartburn is a serious condition that affects them every day. These individuals have GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, and doctors urge them to pursue prescription medicines or surgery to cure it. If you are faced with the painful symptoms of GERD or regular heartburn, there may be a natural solution for you.
Going to a Chiropractor for GERD
A Chiropractor probably did not pop into your head immediately when you thought of heartburn treatments. The truth is that Chiropractors can help heartburn sufferers two ways. The first way is through dealing with a hiatal hernia. Hiatal hernias are the common cause of GERD, and are often overlooked. A hiatal hernia happens when the upper part of your stomach herniates through your diaphragm. This causes the diaphragm muscle to pinch the upper part of your stomach, therefore resulting in acid reflux. If you do have a hiatal hernia, an experienced Chiropractor will be able to identify it and treat it. Usually, those who are experiencing severe acid reflux due to a hiatal hernia have not been able to seek relief through medications or diet changes. Relief can however come with physical manipulations, like a Chiropractic adjustment.
Another way the Chiropractor can help reduce symptoms of acid reflux is by aligning the spine. Studies have found that individuals with stomach ulcers who received Chiropractic care healed much faster than those who did not. There is a connection between the nerves in our stomach and those in our spine. Therefore, realigning the spine will help manage GERD and help heal damage done to the esophagus and stomach lining.
Other Natural Methods to Help Heartburn and Acid Reflux
Alongside visiting the Chiropractor regularly, these tips will also help prevent heartburn.
- Change up your diet. It’s not fun to change the way you eat, but many foods can trigger painful heartburn. Avoid foods that are fried and contain a lot of bad fats. Also avoid foods and drinks with caffeine, such as teas (herbal teas are okay), coffee, and chocolate. Spicy foods or tomato-based foods, such as spaghetti sauce and pizza, are often triggers of acid reflux.
- Don’t lie down after a meal. Wait at least three hours before lying down after a meal. This may mean changing the time of dinner or the time you go to sleep.
- Eat slowly and don’t get too full. Take your time at each meal. Also consider eating five or six smaller meals a day, rather than three large meals.
- Take a probiotic. Having more healthy bacteria in your gut can help keep your stomach lining healthy.
Chronic acid reflux or GERD is a serious issue that should not go untreated. Please remember to consult with your primary physician before taking any advice. It is also best to ask your physician to check to see if you have a hiatal hernia to rule out that a cause of your chronic heartburn. With your doctor’s okay, try a Chiropractor before starting an expensive prescription medication or a risky surgery.