Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other digestive disorders are not simply about sore stomachs. They are serious ailments that disrupt people’s lives! From severe swelling and abdominal pressure, to tearing pain along your digestive tract, to anxiety every time you eat or leave the house, digestive disorders can be live-debilitating.
Over 20% of Australians will experience chronic digestive troubles at some stage in their lives. And 80% will experience regular bouts of heartburn, which is also called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
The common approaches to treating irritable bowel syndrome are drugs and surgery. Both come with numerous unpleasant and expensive diagnostic tests from CT scans to endoscopies.
A Natural Solution – The Role of the Upper Neck in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
If you are like most people, you want to know if there is natural treatment for your digestive disorder. Of course, diet plays a massive role in the development, management and treatment of digestive problems. So do genetics.
However, diet and DNA do not account for all the digestive disorders that exist. A certain percent of digestive disorders develop when the system of your body that controls your digestion is not working properly. This is the nervous system – specifically something called the vagus nerve.
The vagus nerve is a branch of the brainstem, which controls every organ in your body including your stomach, pancreas, liver and intestines – all that regulate digestive function. Moreover, there is a continual stream of research that describes the essential role of the “brain-gut axis” in digestive health. In short, it is the brain and the balance of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract that keeps you healthy. And what is the connection between the brain and your digestive tract? The vagus nerve.
One of the things that can disrupt the vagus nerve is a misalignment in your neck – specifically a misalignment of your C1 or C2 vertebrae. The C1 vertebra (also called the atlas) provides 50-75% of all your head movement. The tradeoff is that this flexibility makes it is susceptible to injuries. If the atlas is misaligned, it can cause irritation to the vagus nerve or to the brainstem itself, which regulates all the vital functions of your body – digestion included.
Have You Tried Upper Cervical Care to Help Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
If you are experiencing digestive troubles or irritable bowl syndrome, you have likely made modifications to your diet and lifestyle already. However, to gain maximum benefit you also need to be certain that system that controls it – the brain-gut axis – is also functioning as freely as possible. This is the role of Upper Cervical Care in helping people with digestive disorders. It is a natural and unique form of chiropractic that does not involve neck manipulation. The purpose of care is to align the top vertebrae in the neck, and in so doing remove irritation to the brainstem or other nerves that negatively affect the body’s functions.
Dr Jeffrey Hannah is a certified Upper Cervical chiropractor, and one of only 4 Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractors in Queensland.
If you are looking for a natural treatment for a digestive disorder, irritable bowel syndrome or reflux and you are already making all the appropriate dietary changes, be sure that your brain-gut axis is also working properly and that your upper neck is properly aligned.
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