Acid Reflux (GERD)

Acid reflux GERDAcid Reflux or Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a health condition in which the contents of the stomach move back from the stomach into the esophagus. The acid from the stomach irritates the esophagus and can lead to such things as severe discomfort and painful heartburn. If left untreated, damage can occur to the esophagus over time leading to more serious health conditions.

At Baker Chiropractic and Wellness, we have been helping patients with acid reflux or GERD for over 20 years. Our chiropractic care, along with our guidance for diet and exercise, has proven to be very effective resolving acid reflux. Please contact us by calling (513) 561-2273 or Schedule an Appointment here on our website.

What is Acid Reflux

When you eat food or drink a beverage, the food and drink passes from your mouth to your stomach through a tube called the esophagus. Once the food or beverage enters your stomach, a special “valve” of muscle fibers should close which prevents the contents of your stomach from traveling back into the esophagus. These muscle fibers are known as the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES).

If the “valve” does not close properly, the contents of the stomach can leak back into the esophagus. When this happens, it’s called reflux. Because the stomach is filled with naturally strong acids and enzymes used to break down foods in the digestive process, the condition is commonly known as acid reflux.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux

Common symptoms associated with Acid Reflux or GERD include:

1. Heartburn.
2. Burning pain in chest.
3. Nausea.
4. Difficulty swallowing.
5. Sensation that food is stuck in your esophagus.

Causes of Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is caused by failure of the cardia (location where the stomach attaches to the esophagus) to keep the contents of the stomach from flowing back into the esophagus. The naturally powerful acids and enzymes contained within the stomach leak back into the esophagus where they cause irritation, burning and inflammation of the sensitive tissue lining the esophagus.

Factors that may contribute to the development of acid reflux or GERD include:

1. Hiatal Hernia
2. Obesity
3. Certain prescription medications
4. Pregnancy
5. Smoking

Why Baker Chiropractic Will Help You with Acid Reflux

Chiropractic care focuses on the health and function of the overall body. When the body’s spine and central nervous system are optimized and 100% healthy, all systems within the body perform correctly and without pain. When there are interferences or misalignments (known as subluxations) in the spine, the systems of the body are not able to function at peak levels which can lead to numerous health issues, including digestive problems such as acid reflux or GERD.

As part of our overall health care, we also provide patients with guidance on weight loss, improving diet and exercise plans. All of these elements are important in eliminating acid reflux and preventing it from returning.

Finally, a common cause of GERD is a hiatal hernia. A hiatal hernia is a condition when the top part of the stomach pinches through the diaphragm muscle. Our chiropractic care is effective in treating hiatal hernias which may be causing the acid reflux.

The best thing about our chiropractic care is that it involves no prescription drugs or surgery. It’s safe and effective.

But don’t take our word for it, read what a couple of our patients say about how we were able to help them:

 

“I started coming to Baker Chiropractic because I was having a lot of indigestion and pain in my middle back.  In 2 months time, my indigestion is gone and I no longer have middle back pain.”  –  Justine 

 

A few months ago my infant daughter, was having severe gas pains regularly and she wasn’t pooping very often.  I took her into the Pediatrician when she was 4 months old and he said that it was normal for some breastfed babies to go 7-10 days between bowel movements and that she was okay.  Then, when she was 5 months old, I took her to another Pediatrician since the problem had not gone away and was worse.  I wanted to know what I could do to alleviate her pain.  The doctor said that I should start her on regular foods (which I had put off starting because of the problem) and that the problem would most likely correct itself within the next month!  So, there I was with a five-month-old child who was having horrible gas pains on a daily basis and she wanted me to wait a whole month for things to get better!  I was really upset because this had already been going on for quite some time and we were at a point when neither of us could take it anymore.  She was in pain and so was I because I hated to hear my baby cry when I couldn’t do anything to help her.

So, I asked my chiropractor, Dr. Paul Baker, if he thought he might be able to help me.  He said he’d be more than happy to adjust her and he was confident he could help, so I brought her in.  I was very hopeful, but didn’t really know what to expect.  Dr. Paul adjusted her back and neck and that night she pooped!  We were thrilled because it had been so long since she had done that.  I brought her in one week later and again, she pooped that night.  Then she pooped the next morning and a couple more times that week.  I went back each week for about 6 weeks and things just kept getting better and better.  It really only took four adjustments before she was perfectly normal again.  She is now a pooping machine and I couldn’t be happier.  She is 9 months old and as happy as can be!  I can’t remember the last time she had gas pains!  It’s a wonderful thing!  I very much appreciate Dr. Paul and how great he is with my whole family and I’m grateful he was there to help me at a time when the Pediatricians didn’t know what to do.  It was truly an answer to our prayers.”

 –  Rachel

There are solutions for acid reflux and GERD that do not require prescription medications. Please give us a call at (513) 561-2273 or Schedule an Appointment at one of our four Cincinnati area office locations.

Come to Baker Chiropractic and Wellness for relief from acid reflux. Then, stay with us for a future life of health and wellness.