Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) have long been known as the doctor you choose when you hurt your back.
Today, chiropractors can do much more than just treat pain after an injury.
With specialized training, chiropractors are able to address diet and lifestyle changes, teach mind-body practices (this is an amazing resource) for meditating and encouraging mind-body awareness), and offer a more holistic approach to helping patients manage a variety of health conditions, including digestive disorders.
A UNIQUE VIEW
Chiropractors view health from the philosophy that misalignments in the spine (called subluxation) create interference in how the brain and nervous system communicate with the rest of the body – muscles, glands, and organs – resulting in symptoms of illness. Therefore, your DC focuses on identifying (through x-ray or other images) and correcting these misalignments.
CHIROPRACTIC MEDICINE FOR DIGESTIVE DISORDERS
The theory behind how chiropractic works for digestive disorders is that subluxation interrupts communication between nerves and the gut. Restoring communication promotes healthy mobility of the muscles in the digestive tract. It also promotes proper secretion of digestive juices and regulation of hormones important to gut health.
Chiropractors restore normal function by using hands-on therapies called adjustments to correct the subluxation in the spine and other joints that may be affected.
They may also use massage and corrective exercises, depending on the condition. This approach honors the body’s innate ability to heal and aims to reduce/eliminate symptoms, restore healthy function, and enhance quality of life.
Chiropractic may be an important adjunctive treatment in managing digestive health concerns for some people. A review of research published between 1980 and 2012 indicated mild to moderate improvements in the report of patient symptoms for a variety of digestive conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, GERD, and colitis. Other studies did not find significant improvement in patient symptoms. There is a need for more well-designed clinical studies in order to make definitive statements about chiropractic treatment for digestive disorders.
As with other treatments where research is still emerging, individual patient considerations play an important role in how someone responds to a treatment.
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American Chiropractic Association: Why Choose Chiropractic http://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Why-Choose-Chiropractic/What-is-Chiropractic
Clinical Effectiveness: http://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Why-Choose-Chiropractic/Key-Facts