Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is caused by frequent acid reflux – the backup of stomach acid into the esophagus.

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. 

A constant backwash of acid can irritate the lining of your esophagus, causing it to become inflamed.  Over time, the inflammation can wear away the esophageal lining, causing complications. 

Some symptoms of GERD may include a burning sensation in your chest sometimes spreading to your throat, along with a sour taste in your mouth.   It can also involve difficulty swallowing, sore throat, regurgitation of food or a sensation of a lump in your throat.

While diet, smoking, stress, caffeine intake and certain drugs can all factor into these complications, there are instances whereby altered spinal and postural alignment contribute to the disease.   

Slight, moderate and severe spinal abnormalities and misalignments in the spine will put unnecessary and often detrimental amounts of pressure on the delicate nerves coming out of the spine.  Since the nervous system is responsible for every function of the human body, including the function of our vital organs, it should be apparent that altered and inhibited nerve activity as a result of trauma or poor posture can lead to disturbances of stomach function. 

Nerve interference can diminish the amount of vital nerve energy reaching the organs, including the stomach.  If left untreated, the stomach and digestive tract could go into a state of dysfunction which may eventually lead to disease. 

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.