Gastrointestinal Disorders And Chiropractic Care: How Chiropractic Can Help


For sufferers of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and Crohn's disease, every day presents new food landmines that can cause digestive problems and incredible discomfort. If you are one of over 700,000 sufferers diagnosed with one or both of these gastrointestinal disorders, you know how painful it is. You may have medications to help you control and decrease the symptoms, but it does not stop the constant sensations of pain, cramping or severe abdominal contractions. What does control these issues are the nerves that are connected to them, and good chiropractic care can help with that.

How Chiropractic Care Affects Your IBS/Crohn's Symptoms

Nerves run from your spine to all of your bodily organs. The brain signals the nerves to feel and control the organs to which they are attached. If any part of your lower back is out of whack, then the nerves are sending all kinds of mixed signals to your stomach and intestines, causing your IBS or Crohn's symptoms to be much worse. When you visit a chiropractor and ask him or her to treat you, he or she will provide spinal manipulation and treatment for the nerves in your lower back, causing the spine to realign and the nerves to send fewer urgent signals to your bowels. (Women may even notice a decrease in monthly cramps, too.)

Chiropractic Massage

Receiving a chiropractic massage after your adjustment further calms the overactive nerves connected to your gut. When these nerves are aligned and soothed properly, you will begin to experience fewer cramps, less urgency to "go," and it should practically eliminate the false feelings associated with full bowel sensations. It will also relax the rest of your body, which will then slow down the entire digestive system and give you more time between bathroom breaks to do things you need and want to do.

Charting Your Symptoms After a Spinal Adjustment

If you want to see if spinal adjustments and chiropractic care can help your IBS or Crohn's, keep a running log of your symptoms after adjustments. Be sure to chronicle the severity of your symptoms in comparison to what they were like before you started receiving treatment from a chiropractor. Your chiropractor will essentially do the same in your patient file, but he or she will only track how you feel on the days of your appointments and will have an incomplete record of how you have felt in between appointments. This will help you and your chiropractor determine if the types of adjustments you are receiving are working for you, or if your chiropractor needs to reassess the treatment process.


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Getting Serious About Your Back Pain

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