Gallbladder Pain Relief in Omaha
Your gallbladder is a small organ located underneath the liver. It is responsible for helping the body digest food. The gallbladder stores bile which is produced by the liver. The bile breaks down fats found in your food into usable vitamins and nutrients.
A healthy gallbladder results in proper digestive process and nutrient absorption. When the gallbladder is not functioning properly, abdominal pain usually appears.
Here at Diamond Chiropractic, Dr. Nilles uses Zone Technique to pinpoint the cause for improper gallbladder function. Based on his findings, he focuses on several zones of the body connected to the gallbladder, working to bring it back to proper working order.
Symptoms of a Malfunctioning Gallbladder & Gallbladder Issues
If an individual is suffering from any pain, it is important to understand the signs. Especially if the pain is due to improper gallbladder function.
One of the most common symptoms of gallbladder problems is abdominal pain. The pain usually radiates primarily to the mid and upper right front of your stomach regions (see lower picture). In some cases it radiates to the middle right back of your posterior back or what I call your back – back.
Aside from physical pain, several other symptoms appear due to a gallbladder issues. Other symptoms may include fevers and/or chills, feeling nauseous and vomiting. In addition, unexplained diarrhea and darker urine indicate a blockage in a bile duct, or even a chronic disease. If bile cannot reach the intestines, jaundice begins to appear.
Gallbladder Conditions to Consider
When a patient suffers from abdominal pain, especially from gallbladder issues, it is important to consider any possible diseases or conditions. The following are potential causes behind gallbladder issues, and their corresponding symptoms:
- Gallstones. These solid, crystal-like masses form due to high levels of fat and bile in the gallbladder. Gallstones range in size, from small grains of sand to average-size golf balls. While they can go undetected for years, they can cause inflammation, infection, and pain over time.
- Inflammation. Inflammation of the gallbladder can be a result from several other conditions. Chronic inflammation develops from the organ experiencing acute inflammation. Regardless, due to bile being blocked, the gallbladder becomes damaged, resulting in not working properly.
- Bile duct stones. Despite their name, these are gallstones that travel into the bile duct. Sometimes forming in the duct, though rare, they can cause an infection to form. Caught early, the infection can be treated and prevented from spreading.
- Gallbladder abscess. An abscess is made primarily of pus. When an abscess grows in the gallbladder, patients experience abdominal pain.
- Gallbladder polyps. Gallbladder polyps are unusual tissue growths. Having small polyps can go unnoticed. Larger polyps, however, could become troublesome, needing to be removed before they worsen over time.
- Porcelain gallbladder. This occurs when calcium deposits in the organ harden. When this happens, the organ’s muscular walls become rigid and stiff. The organ gains a bluish pigment and turns brittle to the touch.
Patients may have cases of gallbladder problems without having gallstones. Nevertheless, pain caused by these conditions indicates there may be something wrong. This can include any complications – any interference – between the nervous system and the gallbladder.
According to Zone Technique…
Gallbladder issues stem from several different causes, including any misalignments in the spine and the body’s zones. In this case, the zones most connected to gallbladder issues are Zone 4 and Zone 1 .
Zone 4: The Digestive System
Zone 4 is the body’s digestive system, responsible for breaking down food to be used as energy. Working properly, this system deconstructs food into vital “building blocks” for the body, allowing the body to absorb this new energy and perform at 100 percent. If there is an imbalance, however, the body will not be able to digest and absorb energy after eating. The same applies to the organs connected to this zone, such as the gallbladder. Any imbalances can cause the gallbladder to malfunction, resulting in too much or too little bile entering the intestines. Small stones or calcium deposits could form as well, leading to other health problems.
Zone 1: The Glandular System
Zone 1 refers to the glandular system, the body’s specialized pharmacy. Receiving signals from the brain, glands in this zone produce and release hormones and chemicals essential to your overall health. These substances may assist in other processes such as insulin production, digestion, and body homeostasis. When there is any spinal misalignment, this communication is affected, resulting in decreased activity levels of certain glands. Regarding the gallbladder, the amount of bile it can store can be affected, as well as releasing bile into the intestines during digestion.
When these zones are imbalanced, symptoms of gallbladder pain will appear. Not just abdominal pain though. Other common symptoms of gallbladder pain include jaundice and diarrhea. It is essential to get these zones back into working condition.
How Does Diet Help?
Eating a healthier diet helps in the healing process, as well as preventing future reoccurrences for a condition to re-appear. The same applies when it comes to gallbladder issues.
The most common types of food that result in multiple health complications include fried foods, fatty proteins, foods high in sugar, and hydrogenated oils. Food such as chips, fries, breaded chicken, pizza, and even cookies influence the gallbladder, particularly with the stored bile. All the hydrogenated oils included in these foods cause the bile to thicken. Instead of having a thin, very fluid consistency, bile in the gallbladder will act more like syrup, resulting in it sitting in the organ longer and allowing crystals to form.
To counter this, avoid eating trans-fatty foods. Aiming for a more low-fat diet, patients will look towards eating monounsaturated fats (or foods with good, healthy fat) such as fish, nuts, and avocados. Patients will add other foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains (foods that are plant-based) to their diet as well. These changes not only make it easier on the body’s digestive system, but also on the gallbladder. Eating natural foods will help the gallbladder and reduce episodes of gallbladder problems.
Another component to factor in is exercise. Even with a healthy diet, some patients may still experience gallstones due to their weight. Regular exercise helps in not only shedding a few pounds but also decreasing the chances of those stones forming. Patients should be cautious, though, of experiencing rapid weight loss or weight cycling (losing weight, gaining it back, and repeat; occurs multiple times). Extreme weight loss can lead to gallstones as well. As such, patients should monitor their weight and their activity levels, so they can gain their ideal results with little to no gallbladder problems as possible.
Gallbladder Pain – Treatment at Diamond Chiropractic
At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your posture to determine the cause of your case. After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, heal the pain, and provide you with recommendations to lower your risk for possible reoccurrences.
Dr. Nilles will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and alleviate the pain on the spinal nerves. He will focus on the imbalanced zone(s) connected to your case and begin treatment from there. Symptoms resulting from gallbladder issues may begin to decrease as well.
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, along the gallbladder meridian, allowing blood to flow through the tight muscles and ligaments. As this occurs, the muscles and ligaments loosen up and relax more; in addition, your spine will become more mobile.
Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with gallbladder issues. This is achieved through targeting certain acupuncture points during treatment, as well as an electro-muscle stimulator during therapy. Patients will notice, after several treatments, pain and certain symptoms beginning to decrease in frequency. In addition, they will start to see more mobility come back to their spine and other affected areas of the body.
With any injury, whether to the back, neck, or extremity, the last thing you want to do is make the pain worse. The same idea applies to handling cases of gallbladder issues. Our advice is designed to help you perform everyday tasks and responsibilities safely. This includes suggestions on improving your diet, drinking plenty of water and fluids, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. At Diamond Chiropractic, we focus on healing and relief from improper gallbladder function, not aggravating the pain further.
Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Gallbladder Pain
To get started with chiropractic care for your gallbladder pain, choose our Omaha, NE chiropractor today. Diamond Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Call our office today. When it comes to gallbladder issues, get relief NOW & FAST.