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Acid Reflux GERD And Neck Injury

Posted in Neck Pain, Reflux Disease GERD on Feb 12, 2017

Acid Reflux GERD Treatment In Los Angeles 

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Los Angeles | Dr. Drew Hall

Acid Reflux is a condition where the stomach acids flow back up into the esophagus.  This is caused by a lack of muscle tone of the sphincter that separates the stomach from the esophagus. 

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The muscles, if being controlled properly, will stay tight keeping the acid from spilling back up into the esophagus and mouth. In this article, we would like to discuss some of the things you can do to help your body heal from Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease. 

The number of Americans that suffer from this condition and its collateral damage is epidemic! According to healthine.com here are the prevalence and occurrence statistics for GERD in America:

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Prevalence and Occurrence

  • Sixty percent of the adult population will experience some type of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) within a 12 month period and 20 to 30 percent will have weekly symptoms.
  • Approximately seven million people in the United States have some symptoms of GERD.
  • In 2004, approximately 20 percent of the United States population reported reflux symptoms that occurred at least weekly.
  • Yearly hospitalizations with obesity diagnoses increased in the United States by 112 percent between 1996 and 2004. Obesity is linked to the development of GERD and the frequency of symptoms.

Reflux is a widespread problem and it is not just adults that are affected. Colic and reflux are closely related conditions in the infant population. (1) We would like to discuss some of the contributing factors to reflux and what you can do about it.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care And Acid Reflux Gerd

How could Gerd and Reflux Disease be related to your neck? Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is a discipline of health care that can explain the relationship. Your brain, brain stem and spinal cord control all function in your body. Messages travel from the brain, through the neck, down the spinal cord and are responsible for controlling the muscles, glands, and organs of the body.  

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Throughout life, most of us have trauma - Whiplash injuries,Sports injuries, slip and fall accidents, and other traumas. The head weighs 10-13 lbs and it rests on the atlas (c-1) that weighs 2 ounces.  This structural relationship makes the upper neck vulnerable to injury.  The scientific literature is growing that shows how upper neck misalignment impacts the nervous system and interferes with normal function

There are two types of muscles in your body - smooth muscle and skeletal muscle.  Smooth muscle is directly under the control of the autonomic nervous system. You do not think about its function, it happens automatically.  

The muscle that controls whether or not stomach acid enters your esophagus or not is controlled by smooth muscle. It is directly controlled by the central nervous system. Reflux can be caused by improper autonomic control of this muscle resulting from interference to the central nervous system in the upper neck.

Our offices have seen over 8500 patients since 2001. While Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is NOT a cure-all we have had hundreds of cases that have recovered from reflux problems. It usually is one in a number of health problems they present with. WE offer a FREE consultation to find out whether you are a candidate for care.


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