Hiatal Hernia? Chiropractic Can Help
Do You Need Antacids or a Chiropractic Adjustment?
You might not think about going to your chiropractor to get relief from abdominal discomfort, but think again… Here at Root Cause Medical Clinic, we see many patients who have been dealing with digestive related distress – some for a very long time.
The stomach is a major organ along the digestive pathway and a big player in a condition known as a hiatal hernia – which basically means that the stomach spasms and pushes up on your diaphragm leading to symptoms such as:
• pain in the upper abdomen
• chest pain
• difficulty breathing
• panic attack symptoms
How the Stomach Can Create So Many Problems
The condition of ‘heartburn’ is also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) wherein some of the acidic contents of the stomach escapes through the top of the stomach and projects upwards into the esophagus causing a painful burning sensation in the chest.
The esophagus (that tube running from the mouth to the stomach) penetrates through a large muscle called the diaphragm in its journey from the mouth to the stomach. The opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes is called a hiatus (which simply means ‘hole’).
Normally, when we swallow and food goes into the stomach, the hole at the top of the stomach closes, keeping food and the acidic digestive juices within the confines of the stomach.
Under certain circumstances, the upper portion of the stomach actually pushes up through the hole (hiatus) in the diaphragm causing a ‘hiatal hernia.’ This can result in pain in the stomach area, chest pain, and the more commonly known heartburn sensation.
As with most conditions, there is a range of severity for Hiatal hernias from mild to moderate to severe. Severe conditions may require more serious medical interventions such as surgery.
A Manual ‘Adjustment’ May Be All You Need
For mild and moderate conditions, however, a manual procedure to physically pull the stomach down below the diaphragm can be very helpful. Along with dietary changes that reveal why the stomach is spasming and possible nutritional supplements to reduce stomach acidity, this manual procedure can bring immediate relief or produce a gradual improvement over repeated manipulations.
The stomach pull-down procedure (Hiatal Hernia Technique) is performed here at Root Cause Medical Clinic by a doctor of chiropractic who is trained in the technique. The patient can either stand against a wall or lie on a treatment table to receive the technique.
While there may be some mild discomfort associated with the technique, it’s worth it considering there is often immediate relief. The patient can take a deeper breath and the pressure and pain subside. The procedure may need to be repeated multiple times for lasting results.
In addition to the above, our department of physical therapy can perform a manipulation called a ‘diaphragmatic release’ that can reduce the tension of the diaphragm as well as related muscles in the area of the rib cage.
Lastly, chiropractic adjustments performed in the neck and mid-back can positively affect nerves that go to the diaphragm itself. If you or anyone you know suffers from acid reflux, heartburn, chest pain, or panic attacks, please consider getting evaluated for a hiatal hernia. A simple, natural and drug-free therapy may be all that’s needed to eradicate your discomfort. Feel free to contact us for a complimentary health analysis – we’re here to help!
Do you need help with your health?
We have the diagnostic and testing tools, the clinical experience, and a different medical approach to discovering the root cause of why you have the symptoms that are bothering you. As long as you are ready to make some dietary and lifestyle changes, we can help you. We will "hold your hand" through the changes, step by step, to make each step an easy one. We are located in Clearwater, FL, at 1000 S Ft Harrison, at the corner of Ft. Harrison Ave. and Magnolia St. There is plenty of parking space directly accessible from Ft Harrison. If it is not convenient for you to come to Root Cause Medical Clinic, we offer telehealth/telemedicine consultations to residents of certain states. Call us for details.
Dr. Vikki Petersen DC. CCN
Founder of Root Cause Medical Clinic
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
Dr Vikki Petersen is a public speaker, author of two books, several eBooks and creates cutting edge content for her YouTube community. Dr Vikki is committed to bringing Root Cause Medicine and its unique approach to restoring health naturally to the world.