Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux Treatment

Almost everyone has had some experience with acid reflux at least once. Those who experience frequent acid reflux episodes in a week may be dealing with gastroesophageal reflux disease called GERD. Regardless it’s not a fun time. These symptoms point to an underlining problem in the body.

Our team at Diamond Chiropractic is exceptional when it comes to acid reflux. Whether you have had this condition for a long time, or it just appeared suddenly, our Omaha chiropractor has the answer, and treatment, for you.

woman having Acid reflux

How Acid Reflux & GERD Differ

When we talk about suffering from acid reflux and/or GERD, it can be difficult to differentiate the two. Because the two conditions act similarly, many patients are confused with which one they are suffering from. As such, let’s explain what acid reflux is, compared to GERD.

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux usually happens after eating a meal. Food and drinks travel from the mouth to the stomach through a tube called the esophagus. As your meal enters your stomach, a small “valve” of muscle fibers closes. This prevents any stomach contents from traveling back up. When this valve doesn’t work properly, whatever is in the stomach can travel back into the esophagus and cause acid reflux.

GERD

GERD occurs when there is too much or too little acid in the stomach. It is difficult to define the exact cause behind it. What we do understand is this condition is serious. Mild cases of GERD occur at least twice a week, while moderate to severe cases occur at least once a week.

What’s the difference?

The difference between the two conditions is how frequent they happen. Acid reflux appears occasionally, while GERD appears several times within a week. Both can be managed with diet, lifestyle changes, and proper chiropractic adjustments.

Causes & Symptoms

With acid reflux/ GERD, the enzymes and acids from the stomach are powerful enough to cause inflammation and irritation in the esophagus. This can damage sensitive tissues in the esophagus. In certain cases, acid reflux/ GERD can result in cancer.

 Each person experiences this condition differently, making it hard to explain what exactly causes it. Additionally, it could result from a combination of causes, such as having poor posture and stress. 

Possible causes of acid reflux/ GERD:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Hiatal hernia

woman holding her stomach due to pain

Symptoms of acid reflux, though, are more recognizable. It is very common for multiple patients to experience the same symptoms of acid reflux/ GERD, rather than the other way around. 

Symptoms of acid reflux/ GERD include:

  • Heartburn
  • Burning pain in the chest, other than heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling that the esophagus is blocked

According to Zone Technique…

As we mentioned above, acid reflux/ GERD occurs for a variety of reasons. Regardless, even if each acid reflux/ GERD case is different, they all have something in common. Acid reflux can result from spinal misalignment. Additionally, that misalignment affects the body’s six zones. In other words, acid reflux/ GERD occurs when there is an imbalance in Zone 4 and Zone 1 in the body. 

Zone 4- The Digestive System

Zone 4 is the body’s engine, breaking down food and drink into usable, clean energy. By breaking down food and drink, this zone allows the rest of the body to absorb and use those nutrients. When this system works properly, we can go about our daily routines like normal. However, if there is a problem, the rest of the body is affected. We can’t properly absorb the nutrients we need. As a result, acid reflux/ GERD occurs. 

To help this, visit our Omaha chiropractor. Dr. Nilles will examine this zone to find any imbalances that are causing your acid reflux/ GERD. After finding the cause, he will focus on this zone in order get it balanced again. Patients will notice they can eat normally again, without experiencing acid reflux/ GERD. In addition, patients will have more energy and can perform routine tasks as they had before. 

Zone 1- The Glandular System

Zone 1 is responsible for releasing crucial hormones and chemicals into the body. These hormones assist in keeping the body healthy and maturing as we age. Working properly, this zone can communicate with the brain and release the right hormones at the right time. When there is an disturbance, though, nerve communication between the brain and the glands is affected. Specifically, glands near the stomach are affected. 

Because hormones are essential for regulating your health, it is important to get this zone balanced. Luckily, Dr. Nilles can help. By focusing on this zone, he examines what parts of the spine need to be realigned. Realigning the spine opens up nerve communication with the brain and the glands throughout the body. In this case, Dr. Nilles will focus on opening up communication between the brain and the glands needed during digestion. Balancing this zone results in patients having normal appetites, having more energy, and less acid reflux/ GERD episodes.

doctor examining patients stomach pain

Acid Reflux/ GERD Treatment at Diamond Chiropractic

At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your posture to determine a cause for your acid reflux/GERD. After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms.

Spinal Adjustments

Dr. Nilles will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion. This alignment will alleviate the pain in the spinal nerves. Symptoms resulting from this pressure may begin to decrease as well.

Intersegmental Traction

Intersegmental traction involves the use of a special chiropractic table. This specific table includes rollers that will roll along the sides of the spinal column allowing blood to flow through the tight muscles and ligaments.  This type of treatment is effective with healing acid reflux by stimulating certain acupuncture points.

Acupuncture

Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with acid reflux and the symptoms. Specific acupuncture points tied to the digestion and elimination systems will be stimulated to speed healing. Points like LI 4, St 36, and many ,ore will be utilized.

Lifestyle Advice

With any condition, the last thing you want to do is make the pain worse. The same idea applies to healing acid reflux/GERD. Our advice is designed to help you perform everyday tasks and responsibilities safely. We focus on healing and relief from acid reflux/GERD, not aggravating it further. 

Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Acid Reflux/GERD

 To get started with chiropractic care for acid reflux/GERD, choose our Omaha, NE chiropractor today. Diamond Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Call our office today. When it comes to acid reflux/GERD, get relief NOW & FAST.