According to the national statistics, more than 70 million people in the population have digestive problems—of which more than half are so serious that they require ambulatory care. There has been over 250,000 deaths and more than 22 million people have required hospitalization. Americans spend more than $150 million dollars annually to treat these specific diseases.
What are digestive problems and what are their symptoms?
If you have ever had gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastritis and gastric ulcers, (duodenal) ulcers, crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, diverticula or hemorrhoids, then, you have suffered from one or some of the most common digestive disorders. These issues usually affect the gastrointestinal tract and can range from mildly annoying to severe and life threatening. Patients will have stomach aches, diarrhea, inflammation or constipation.
What causes digestive problems?
Usually digestive problems are caused from food sensitivities, allergies and intolerances. There are a number of tests, which can be employed to detect what causes a patient’s digestive problems. The first is the “comprehensive digestive stool analysis (CDSA) tests for digestive system function, absorption, gut flora and the colonic environment.” There is also testing for food allergies; common allergies include gluten, eggs, corn, peanuts and dairy.
How are digestive problems usually diagnosed and treated?
According to Dr. Holly, digestive issues are highly problematic and can cause a serious impediment to people’s daily consumption of food. Not to mention, they can also be severely embarrassing… People with these issues can suffer from abdominal pain, acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, lactose intolerance, leaky gut, and more. Because of the diversity of these ailments, traditional medicinal treatments will vary and are numerous; surgery is usually an extreme solution for severe causes that cannot be alleviated by medication. Organs treated for digestive disorders include the digestive tract (the stomach, biliary tract, duodenum, pancreas, small intestine, gallbladder and colon) and the liver. However, all patients are usually required to change their dietary lifestyle to minimize, if not eliminate, these issues. Dr. Holly advises that natural supplements can be taken to help heal the digestive system, in addition to regular exercise, dietary changes and chiropractic care.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat digestive problems?
Chiropractic care for digestive problems is actually very effective. According to Dr. Holly, if the thoracic vertebrae are out of alignment, the nerves in the thoracic region of the spine that control digestion will become irritated. As such, the stomach and intestines will receive erratic impulses that flare up stomach digestion issues such as excess gas, bloating and heartburn. With chiropractic care, the spine can be put back into alignment and the attached muscles and nerves will release tension.
Stop suffering from embarrassing digestive disorders! Call us today at 980.422.2000 to book an in-person consultation with Dr. Holly Clemens at Queen City Health Center. Mention that you found us online to receive a special rate for your first visit, which includes a comprehensive spinal exam, lifestyle assessment and X-rays. (Please note that you should keep taking any currently prescribed medications until told otherwise by your primary healthcare provider or until Dr. Holly gives you the thumbs up!)
If you are still not quite sure whether Charlotte chiropractic care at Queen City Health Center is right for you, fill out the form on this page to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly. She can explain how she uses chiropractic care for digestive problems to help many of her current patients and how she can help you too! Together, we’ll create a short-term plan to help you get on track to better health!