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Chiropractic Care for Crohn's Disease 

Published Date: 
November 15, 2023
Woman experiencing stomach pain from Crohn's Disease.

Crohn’s disease is one of the most debilitating digestive disorders someone can experience. It’s not only painful; it can be embarrassing and interfere with your quality of life. Thankfully, chiropractic care is a safe, holistic option for helping you manage the symptoms of this disease.

Living with Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. People with Crohn’s experience inflammation in their digestive tract. It usually affects the small intestine but can spread deeper into the bowel.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Malnutrition
  • Weight loss

Crohn’s disease is not only painful, it also interferes with your quality of life.

How a Chiropractic Care May Be Able to Help

Chiropractic care is one of the safest and most effective treatments for Crohn’s. Chiropractic treatments won’t cure Crohn’s, but they can significantly impact a person’s symptoms and improve their quality of life.

The goal of chiropractic care is to help the body heal itself. It does this by removing interference in the nervous system, supporting the body’s natural tendency to heal.

Woman lying on couch with abdominal pain.

Chiropractic treatments for Crohn’s focus on misalignment in the middle or lower vertebra of the spine. Treatments can also target specific symptoms of Crohn’s.

Additionally, chiropractors educate patients about nutrition, which can significantly impact the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Making better nutrition choices for your body can help you address the following:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Immune system functionality
  • Digestive system issues

Chiropractic Care & the Digestive System

Chiropractic care is one of the most effective options for treating various digestive issues in addition to Crohn’s disease. This is because many common digestive system issues are linked to the nervous system.  

Chiropractor massaging a woman's stomach.

Many medical treatments focus strictly on the stomach and intestines when there are digestive issues. But it’s important to remember the nervous system's role in digestive health. Often, people don’t begin to see improvement in digestive distress until they treat the problem from a whole-body perspective.

In many cases, spinal misalignment interferes with communication between the brain and the digestive system. A blockage can prevent you from digesting and expelling the food you eat. Chiropractic care helps clear these blockages.

It also reduces inflammation in the body, which can also play a role in the health of your digestive system. Many people who experience food sensitivities or allergies are actually dealing with inflammation.

In addition to Crohn’s disease, chiropractic care is effective for helping you manage a variety of digestive issues, including:

  • Bloating
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Chronic constipation
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Diverticulitis

Case Studies

Studies show that chiropractic therapy can be used as an adjunct to other forms of conventional treatment of GI disorders. These studies included instances of:

  • An 8-year-old boy underwent chiropractic treatment for his constipation, and after the first chiropractic treatment, the patient had almost daily, less painful bowel excretions.
  • Sixty-two adult subjects currently experiencing GERD symptoms were divided into two groups. The group that received chiropractic treatments experienced an improvement in their GERD symptoms.

An additional study that involved a 38-year-old female with Crohn’s disease receiving torque release technique (TRT) chiropractic care experienced an improvement in her quality of life.


Crohn’s disease is painful and debilitating. It can interfere with all aspects of your life. Finding ways to manage the symptoms of the disease and prevent flare-ups is one of the most effective ways to improve your quality of life, even if you do not cure the disease.

Chiropractic care can help with this. It is a safe, natural, and effective option for managing the symptoms of Crohn’s. It can also help you avoid many other treatments commonly prescribed for people with the disease, including pharmaceutical medication and surgery.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

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