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Stop Bloating with Chiropractic Care

Published Date: 
February 24, 2023
A young woman is holding her stomach because of pain and discomfort caused by bloating.

Chiropractic care for bloating treats the skeletal and nervous systems, which affect digestion.

Chiropractic Care for Bloating

Bloating occurs when gas gets trapped in your intestines. Symptoms of bloating can include abdominal pain and distention, excessive belching and flatulence, a feeling of fullness after eating only small amounts of food, and several other health problems.

Many people who experience bloating and digestive issues find that chiropractic care can help alleviate their symptoms.

A man is holding his stomach because he is bloated.

Can Chiropractic Care Help Digestive Problems?

Chiropractic care can help treat various digestive problems, including chronic constipation, gastrointestinal reflux disease, and indigestion. The practice is based on the idea that misalignments or blockages in the spine can cause issues with digestion. Because your spine connects directly to your nerves and brain, any misalignment can cause your body to malfunction, including digestion. 

Chiropractors can use a variety of techniques, such as spinal adjustments or massage, to help realign the spine and improve digestion.

How the Skeletal System Affects Digestion

The skeletal system plays a vital role in digestion, acting as a physical barrier that protects organs and tissues from damage caused by the foods we consume. Additionally, many of the nerves in the digestive tract are involved in breaking down food, helping to release nutrients, and controlling how quickly food is digested. 

How the Nervous System Affects Digestion

The nervous system is essential for digestion because it sends signals to and from the stomach, which controls when we eat and how quickly food moves through our digestive tract. The brain also sends signals that determine whether or not a person feels hungry, full, or somewhere in between. If your nervous system malfunctions, you may experience the following digestive conditions: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Other unpleasant digestive symptoms

Your nervous system is involved in digestion in several other ways as well. For example, the vagus nerve plays a vital role in regulating acid and enzyme production in your stomach, while sensory neurons that serve your gut senses can affect how you feel when eating certain foods. There are also many ways that the digestive system can affect your nervous system, including by releasing hormones that influence mood and stress levels.

How the Enteric Nervous System Affects Digestion

The enteric nervous system (ENS), also known as the intrinsic nervous system, is a complex network of nerve cells that helps control the digestive process. In humans and other mammals, the ENS consists of two thin layers of neurons that line the walls of the long tube-shaped gastrointestinal tract, which includes everything from your mouth to your anus. The ENS controls the flow of food and other content through your digestive system, helping to regulate digestion, bowel movements, nutrient absorption, and more.

Many factors can influence the activity of your enteric nervous system. For example, stress or anxiety can disrupt normal ENS function by triggering an increase in muscle tension and gastrointestinal spasms. Certain foods can also affect your ENS, particularly those that contain high fat and sugar levels, as these foods are difficult for the body to digest.

Why Chiropractic Care Improves Digestion to Alleviate Bloating 

Chiropractic care is a popular and effective way to improve digestion and alleviate bloating because the spine and other joints in your body can affect how well you’re able to digest food and how much abdominal gas you produce. By realigning these areas of the body with chiropractic adjustments, you can experience relief from stomach problems, such as bloating and abdominal gas.

Chiropractic Treatments to Stop Bloating

A woman is getting chiropractic adjustments to reduce bloating.

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach that reduces bloating symptoms and boosts overall health. It helps with bloating by:

Optimizing the Function of Your Joints and Muscles

Chiropractic treatment is designed to optimize the function of your joints and muscles by addressing any underlying misalignments in your body. This treatment works by realigning the spine and other areas of the body that may have become misaligned due to injury, illness, or everyday wear and tear. 

Improving Digestion

Chiropractic treatment can help improve digestion by restoring proper spine alignment and improving spinal nerve function. When your spine is misaligned, or there are restrictions in the movement of your spinal joints, it can interfere with signals sent between your brain and digestive system. This can lead to various digestive problems, such as constipation, heartburn, nausea, and bloating.

Improving Elimination

Chiropractic treatment can help improve elimination and bowel movements by improving nerve function in the digestive system. The nerves that run through this area of the body are directly connected to the spine. Any misalignments or imbalances in spinal alignment can impact nerve function and interfere with normal digestive processes.


One way chiropractic treatment can help detoxify the body is by removing accumulated toxins from the body's soft tissues. These toxins can cause various health issues and contribute to inflammation in the body, so it is vital to remove them regularly to maintain optimal health.

Another way chiropractic treatment helps with detoxification is by improving blood circulation throughout the body. This allows for more efficient delivery of nutrients and oxygen to all of the body's cells, which can help to clear out waste products and remove toxins.

Finally, chiropractic adjustment can also support detoxification by stimulating the lymphatic system, which removes metabolic waste products from the body's cells. This natural process helps to keep our bodies functioning optimally.


Chiropractic care can help treat bloating and other digestive issues. By optimizing the function of your joints and muscles, chiropractors can help improve digestion, elimination, and detoxification.

If you are looking for a natural way to treat bloating, speak with your chiropractor or other holistic healthcare provider today. They can help you identify the root cause of your symptoms and recommend an appropriate treatment plan customized to meet your individual needs.

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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