What is Heartburn?

Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus (the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach).  Normally when you swallow, your lower esophageal sphincter (a band of muscle around the bottom of your esophagus), relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach.  The muscle then tightens again.

If this band of muscle relaxes abnormally or weakens, stomach acid can flow back up into your esophagus and cause heartburn.  This acid reflux offers a burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone.  The pain is often worse when lying down or bending over.

Certain foods and drinks can trigger heartburn in some people, including spicy foods, onions, citrus products, tomato products and fatty or fried foods.

Heartburn is a symptom, the body’s way of telling us something is wrong.  Heartburn indicates a problem within the digestive system and it begins with stress.  If stress attacks the stomach, tiny holes can develop and upon eating, acid seeps through the holes – your heartburn is the result.

Your stomach is controlled by nerves – nerves from the spine.  If the spine is stressed, the vertebrae slip out of alignment.  The result – those nerves don’t work as well as they are intended to.  The stomach can weaken and heartburn can begin.

You may have tried every other remedy in the book and not realize the connection with your stomach and your spine.  A thorough examination of the spine and nervous system can reveal causes of nerve irritation of the spine which can be the main cause of Heartburn. 

Chiropractic treatments have been effective for many people as they correct any spinal misalignments.  These adjustments can help to relieve any block that is between the nervous system and the brain.    

Join us at our free Body Signals Workshop on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 6:00 at our office where we will focus on Digestive Issues.  Call (403) 320-1015 today to register.