A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of someone’s stomach bulges through the large muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest.
Chiropractic treatment is non-invasive and uses gentle manipulation to ease the stomach back down to its natural position. This frees the hiatus from the pressure. It usually takes several adjustments to achieve optimal results, but most people notice mild to moderate improvement after just a single adjustment.
A hiatal hernia develops when a part of your stomach bulges up through the muscle separating your abdomen from your diaphragm. The diaphragm features a small hole that allows food to pass through and move into the stomach. When someone has a hiatal hernia, the stomach passes into that hole.
Hiatal hernias can be large or small.
Smaller hernias rarely cause problems. Many people have them and don’t even realize it. However, if a hiatal hernia is large, it means food and stomach acid can flow back up into your esophagus.
There are also two types of hiatal hernias:
Weak muscles are the primary cause of a hiatal hernia. Muscles might weaken due to:
The most noticeable symptom of a hiatal hernia is heartburn, which is often severe. Other symptoms include:
Chiropractic treatment effectively alleviates a hiatal hernia because it targets the underlying issues. Chiropractors use specific manipulation techniques to ease the hernia back into place.
Chiropractic adjustments help the nerves that run into the diaphragm, which relieves the pressure and tightness associated with a hiatal hernia. It might not “cure” the problem, but it improves digestive function and relaxes the muscles in the abdomen.
Self-massage is an effective at-home treatment for easing the effects of a hiatal hernia. A professional, therapeutic massage offers even more relief.
The massage technique used to treat a hiatal hernia is as follows:
In addition to chiropractic adjustment, lifestyle changes also help manage the symptoms of a hiatal hernia. Your chiropractor can help you make adjustments to your lifestyle, including:
A hiatal hernia is usually not a serious medical problem, but it can be extremely uncomfortable and disruptive. Moderate to severe hiatal hernias cause pain and make everyday life challenging.
You should contact a doctor if you experience any of the following in conjunction with a hiatal hernia:
In addition to the lifestyle changes that can help you manage hiatal hernia, a chiropractic adjustment gets to the underlying cause of the problem and helps you alleviate the discomfort associated with the condition.
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