Studies estimate that nearly 60 million Americans experience heartburn each month, with some 15 million experiencing heartburn every day!
If you’re reading this, chances are you are one of those 60 million and already know what heartburn feels like…
- Burning in the chest or throat
- Lasting for minutes to hours
- Typically right after eating
- Increased when bending over or lying down
So what causes heartburn?
Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach.
A lot of common foods that we eat and drink can act as irritants and stimulate a reaction.
Some examples of these would be:
- Acidic Foods (oranges, grapefruit, etc.)
- Carbonated Drinks
Typical Treatments for Heartburn
Treating heartburn is crucial because over time re-flux will damage the esophagus.
Typical treatments include over the counter or prescription medications and even surgery.
… But there has to be a better option.
And there is.
Chiropractic care is a holistic and incredibly effective way to treat your heartburn and acid re-flux like symptoms.
In fact, treating your spine can have an effect on almost every organ throughout the body!
(To learn more about how the spine affects each organ specifically, click here!)
So, what does my spine have to do with heartburn?
You’d be surprised!
When you have bad middle and lower back posture, your digestive organs are compressed, which prevents the body from digesting the food you eat properly.
This often leads to heartburn, acid re-flux, constipation, etc.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Chiropractic care affects the spines posture by putting it back into its proper alignment.
In relation to heartburn, chiropractic physicians will be looking specifically at a persons sixth thoracic vertebra (or T6) to see if it is subluxated (or out of alignment).
The nerves that exit the T6 vertebra attach to the stomach and make sure the body is producing enough hydrochloric acid.
That acid works to break down food in the stomach, as well as making sure the two sphincters in the stomach are closing all the way, so no acid re-flux occurs.
By adjusting the spine back to it’s proper alignment, chiropractic care is able to relieve any unnecessary pressure that has been put on the related nerves, thus re-mobilizing function to the connected organs!
As a result, chiropractic adjustments can also improve other health conditions such as arthritis, headaches, ear infections, asthma, seasonal allergies, etc. all by adjusting pressure, thus improving your bodies ability to heal and integrate stress.
If you’re ready to make a change to the health of your spine and start feeling better, click the link below to schedule an appointment and learn more!
Give us a call at (423)-498-3400 today to see how chiropractic care can help you too!
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Reach Health and Wellness Chiropractic is located in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area specifically in Collegedale, TN, a short distance from Ooltewah, Cleveland, East Brainerd, East Ridge, Ringgold, Apison, and Harrison.
Dr. Ryan Lee is the practicing chiropractic physician at Reach Health and Wellness Chiropractic. For his full bio, click here. *This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Ryan Lee and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Dr. Lee does not take responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.