As early as the 1970’s, chiropractors understood that the cardiac sphincter, located in the diaphragm as a passageway for the esophagus leading into the stomach, could become lax, allowing the stomach to move upwards through that sphincter. If the top part of the stomach slips through the cardiac sphincter, acid will now flow into the esophagus, causing burning, belching and pain.
In my office the solution is so simple, it takes 5 minutes to correct. First, the stomach is palpated to determine if it has ascended through the opening in the diaphragm. Then it is pulled down in one painless movement. The cardiac sphincter is then treated with a reflex movement that causes it to gently tighten to its original state. In addition, steps are taken to enhance nerve flow to the diaphragm so that it is perfectly attuned to allowing food to pass through the cardiac sphincter and not acid flow.
Secondly, digestive supplements are given in the form of pepsin and HCl which signal the stomach to stop producing acid. Taken with meals, the acid overproduction stops in a matter of days.
The result? Patients feel relief immediately or in 24 hours, depending how long they have suffered. If the patient has experienced this issue for more than 3 months, it may take a second treatment. Other digestive supplements may be recommended if there is a tendency to bloat. In addition, it is useful for the patient to make adjustments to their diet regime if they are eating foods that they do not tolerate or that negatively affect other digestive organs such as the small intestine or the liver.
In addition, a hiatal hernia may induce other issues in the digestive tract, including esophageal spasms, pyloric valve spasm and issues with the bile and hepatic dict, hepatic and splenic flexures as well issues with the sphincter of Oddi, which connects the pancreas to the small intestine. These are all easily diagnosed through reflex testing and then corrected. Symptoms may include pain upon swallowing pills, nausea, bloating, undiagnosed right or left side pain and the reflux/dry cough that many experience with hiatal hernias.
For assessment of the cause of your GERD symptoms, call my office at (805) 687-1617.
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