Hiatal Hernia

What is a Hiatal Hernia?

Hiatal HerniaHiatal Hernia is a health condition where part of the stomach protrudes up into the chest area through a small opening in the diaphragm muscle. The diaphragm muscle is located just under your lungs and is used for breathing. When you take breathes, you are contracting and relaxing your diaphragm muscle.

The small opening in the diaphragm muscle is for the esophagus. The esophagus is the “food tube” extending from the mouth to the stomach. When you eat or drink, the food or liquid travels through the esophagus to the stomach. This small opening in the diaphragm is called the hiatus. When a part of the stomach pushes up through the hiatus, it’s called a hiatal hernia.

A hiatal hernia may lead to problems with such things as acid reflux and heartburn. These conditions can be discomforting, painful and make it difficult to eat and drink.

At Baker Chiropractic and Wellness, we have been helping patients with hiatal hernias for nearly 20 years. We do this using our safe and effective chiropractic care. We do not use prescription medications or surgery.

If you have developed a hiatal hernia, please contact us by calling (513) 561-2273 or Schedule an Appointment here on our website at any one of our four greater Cincinnati area clinic locations.

Hiatal Hernia Symptoms

hiatal herniaA small hiatal hernia typically will not cause pain or discomfort. However, as the hiatal hernia gets larger, the following symptoms may surface:

(1) Chest Pain

(2) Heartburn

(3) GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

(4) Difficulty Swallowing

(5) Frequent Belching

Types of Hiatal Hernias

There are two main types of hiatal hernias:

(1) Sliding Hiatal Hernia

(2) Paraesphogeal Hiatal Hernia

A Sliding Hiatal Hernia is the more common type of hiatal hernia. With a sliding hiatal hernia, the stomach and the part of the esophagus that connects to the stomach slide up into the chest through the small hiatus opening in the diaphragm.

With a Paraesphogeal Hiatal Hernia, the stomach and esophagus stay in position, but a part of the stomach squeezes through the hiatus (small opening in the diaphragm) and pushes against the esophagus. When this happens, there is a risk of the blood supply to the stomach being reduced or shut off.

Causes of Hiatal Hernias

There is no exact cause for a hiatal hernia. Increased pressure on the diaphragm and the small hiatus opening in the diaphragm from such things as pregnancy and obesity are contributing factors.

Hiatal hernias are common in women, people who are overweight and people older than 50 years of age.

Impact of a Hiatal Hernia on the Vagus Nerve

The Vagus Nerve is a major nerve within the human body that runs from the brain, down through the neck, chest, heart and lungs. From there, it branches out into the abdomen.  A hiatal hernia can cause irritation to the vagus nerve leading to a variety of abnormalities with the stomach, heart and lungs as a result of the stress on the vagus nerve from the hiatal hernia.

Hiatal hernia and vagus nerve

Why Baker Chiropractic Will Help With a Hiatal Hernia

Our chiropractic care focuses on the health and function of the body’s central nervous system. When the body’s central nervous system is optimized and 100% healthy, all systems within the body perform properly. When there are interferences (known as subluxations) in the central nervous system, the systems of the body are not able to function at peak levels which can lead to numerous health issues.

Our training and experience with the central nervous system allows us to diagnose and target underlying causes of health conditions such as hiatal hernias. Once we determine the cause, we are able to treat the condition with our safe and effective chiropractic care.

The best part of our chiropractic care is that it does not require the use of expensive prescription medications or risky surgery.

If you or someone you know has developed a hiatal hernia, please schedule an appointment at any one of our four greater Cincinnati area clinic locations by calling (513) 561-2273 or schedule an appointment any time day or night here on our website.  We can help.