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Chiropractic Care for Abdominal Pain

Published Date: 
January 23, 2023
A woman is clutching her abdomen because of abdominal pain.

Abdominal pain can be debilitating. Learn how chiropractic care for abdominal pain can help.

Chiropractors can treat abdominal pain as long as the cause of the pain is related to a musculoskeletal issue. Common causes of abdominal pain that chiropractors treat include injuries or strains to the muscles in and around the abdomen, such as from heavy lifting or an auto accident.

Chiropractic treatment and pain often involve adjusting the spine and soft tissues surrounding the abdomen and providing recommendations on posture and exercise to help prevent future injuries or strains. Overall, chiropractic treatment for abdominal pain is effective in providing relief from several issues.

Common Causes of Abdominal Pain

Several issues can cause abdominal pain. Some indicate a digestive problem, while others are linked to problems elsewhere in the body that transfer pain to the abdominal area. Often, back injuries or other injuries can trigger abdominal pain, too.

A woman is on the couch clutching her stomach because she is suffering from abdominal pain.
  • Muscle strains 
  • Food poisoning
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Gastrointestinal reflux disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Hiatal hernia
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Infections, including urinary tract infections
  • Inflammation of the digestive tract
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Gallbladder disease

The Abdominal Pain Conditions that Can Be Treated by a Chiropractor

A chiropractor can often treat abdominal pain and digestive issues using manipulations and adjustments to the spine. Chiropractic treatment for abdominal pain is based on the idea that chiropractors can help relieve your symptoms and improve your overall health by carefully adjusting your spine.

Several conditions can cause abdominal pain, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stomach ulcers, gallbladder disease, and constipation. Depending on the underlying cause of your pain, a chiropractor may offer a variety of treatments to address your symptoms. These include manipulation and chiropractic adjustment of the spine and electrical stimulation or ultrasound to reduce inflammation and relax tight muscles.

Some of the most common abdominal pain issues treated by chiropractors include:

  • Radiating pain from an injury in another part of the body, most often the back
  • Abdominal muscle issues
  • Trapped gas
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety and stress

If you are experiencing abdominal pain, you must consult your doctor to determine the cause of your discomfort and rule out any serious conditions. Once you have a diagnosis, consider a chiropractor as a treatment option to help relieve your pain and improve your overall health.

Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be a very uncomfortable and potentially debilitating condition, and many people may seek out chiropractic treatment as a way to alleviate their symptoms. There are several potential benefits associated with using chiropractic care to address abdominal pain, including reducing inflammation, improving blood flow, eliminating toxins from the body, strengthening the digestive system, and reducing stress. Overall, chiropractic treatment can be a valuable tool for managing abdominal pain and promoting overall wellness.

A man is getting chiropractic treatment for abdominal pain.

Some of the potential benefits associated with chiropractic care for abdominal pain include the following:

  • Reducing inflammation: Abdominal pain is often accompanied by swelling or inflammation of the affected area, making it painful and uncomfortable. Chiropractic treatments can reduce inflammation in the body by stimulating blood flow and increasing oxygen levels, potentially helping to alleviate symptoms of abdominal pain.
  • Improving blood flow: In addition to reducing inflammation, chiropractic care can improve blood flow throughout the body by improving circulation. This can help strengthen the immune system, promote healing, and deliver essential nutrients and oxygen to the tissues and organs that need it most.
  • Strengthening the digestive system: Abdominal pain can sometimes be caused by problems with the digestive system, such as constipation or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Chiropractic treatments can help to relieve these symptoms and support normal digestion, which may help to reduce abdominal pain over time.
  • Reducing stress: Stress can often exacerbate symptoms of abdominal pain, either directly or indirectly. By reducing stress through techniques such as deep breathing, chiropractic care can help to alleviate some of the associated discomforts and improve overall health.
  • Avoiding medication: Chiropractic treatment can be used with prescription or over-the-counter medications. However, a visit to the chiropractor is enough to resolve the problem for many people. It offers a natural alternative with fewer side effects than medication. It’s also a way to deal with the root cause of the problem instead of just covering up symptoms. Many people opt for chiropractic treatment for abdominal pain because it’s a holistic, natural option for resolving the issue.

Overall, chiropractic treatments can be useful for managing abdominal pain and promoting overall wellness. 

Whether you are experiencing occasional abdominal pain episodes or a more chronic condition, it is essential to seek professional medical advice from a qualified chiropractor to find the best treatment for your unique situation. With the proper care and support, you can manage your symptoms and regain your health and well-being.

A chiropractor is administering treatment to ease abdominal pain.


While abdominal pain can be uncomfortable, it is generally not a cause for immediate concern. However, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider if your symptoms are severe or persistent or if you experience other concerning symptoms such as fever or diarrhea. 

With the proper care, you can experience relief from your symptoms and get back to your usual routine. If you are looking for a chiropractor to help treat your abdominal pain, most offer consultations that allow you to discuss your issue before moving forward with treatment.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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