Overview of Digestive Health Problems
Digestive disorders have become one of the most common health complaints, with between 60 and 70 million Americans suffering from some form of digestive disease. These include Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Chron’s Disease, and Diverticulitis, to name a few. It’s no wonder that with so many Americans suffering from poor digestive health, many people consider it to be a normal way of functioning. They do what they can to manage the symptoms, but often don’t stop to think about the underlying cause of their digestive problems.
The range of digestive disorders and their severity is quite broad, with some people suffering chronic pain while others deal only with occasional stomach upset or heartburn. The digestive system’s primary purpose is to break down the food you eat and to extract nutrients from that food to supply your body with the nourishment it needs to run properly. When you suffer from symptoms of digestive problems (heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or stomach pain), it is your body’s way of warning you that the digestive system isn’t functioning correctly. Treating the symptoms may make you feel better for a while, but it will never fix the problem that causes you to have the symptoms in the first place. Americans spend billions of dollars on treating digestive issues, with many continuing to live with the pain and discomfort even with treatment.
For some people, a change in lifestyle may be all that’s needed to correct the digestive system and restore proper functioning. It can be difficult for the digestive system to break down foods with large amounts of preservatives or heavily processed ingredients. Eating a healthier diet of more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can sometimes be enough to resolve poor digestive health issues. Even if your digestive problems require more than a change in diet to restore proper functioning, eating fresh food with natural ingredients is always a good place to start.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic care is based on the premise that the nervous system carries signals from the brain to all parts of the body. When the vertebrae in the spine become misaligned, these signals are not able to travel properly. Many people associate chiropractic treatment with back and neck pain, and although chiropractic care is extremely successful in treating these problems, it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what chiropractic treatments can do to improve your health. Like all of the body’s systems, the digestive system runs off of signals that travel through the nervous system, directing it how to function. When subluxations, or misalignments, occur in the spine, it disrupts these signals. For example, many people don’t realize that nerves in the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine are responsible for setting the pace at which your body digests food. When a subluxation occurs in this region, it not only affects the spine but how your digestive system functions as well. This is why although medications may mask systems and temporarily relieve discomfort, the underlying problem will persist.
A chiropractor uses gentle manipulations of the spine to realign the vertebrae and correct these subluxations, allowing signals to travel properly through to the digestive system and restore optimum functioning. Chiropractic care is different from other forms of treatments because it essentially is enabling the body to heal itself naturally. Unlike many medications, there are no dangerous side effects from chiropractic adjustments. Because of this, chiropractic care has become an increasingly popular option for many people who want to avoid relying on medication or more invasive treatments for their health problems. Many patients also see the benefits of treating the problem and not just the symptoms.
More and more people are learning how important it is to take their health and well being into their own hands in order to live their best life. There is no substitute for good health, and because the entire body depends on the nervous system, spinal health plays a vital role in all that we do. Digestive disorders can wreak havoc on your body and in some cases, even stop you from enjoying daily activities. If you are suffering from digestive problems, contact a Dean Chiropractic today and get started on the road to better health.