Do you feel discomfort when you breathe and persistentheartburn, even after changing your diet? That is most probably ahiatal hernia. Left untreated, it may lead to complications, suchas chronic digestive problems. However, the only treatmentallopathic medicine has for you is surgery. If you are not keen onundergoing this invasive procedure, you have a safe and effectivealternative: chiropractic for hiatal hernia.
WhatIs Hiatal Hernia?
Thediaphragm separates the thoracic cavity (where your lungs and heartare located) from the abdominal cavity (where you find the stomachand intestines). It has an opening, called the hiatus, which allowsthe digestive tract to pass through, bringing food from your mouthto the stomach.
Normally, the stomach itself is below the hiatus. However,in some cases, it may push upwards into the thoracic cavity. Thisis a hiatal hernia. Actually, there are two types of conditionsknown as hiatal hernia:
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• Sliding hernia – when the stomach itself pushesthrough the hiatus
• Paraesophageal hernia – when another organ inthe abdominal cavity pushes through the hiatus.
Causes and Symptoms of Hiatal HerniaYou may develop a hiatal hernia as a result of intensive physicalstrain. Weight lifting and constant physical labor are some of themost common causes of hiatal hernia. Sometimes, even pregnant womendevelop this condition, as the growing fetus pushes the organs inthe abdominal cavity away from their regular place.
Many people may not know that they have a hiatal hernia, as themain symptoms can be mistaken for common digestive problems:
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain.
However, if nothing you try – anti-acid medication and/or change indiet – puts a stop to these symptoms, you should get checked by aphysician. A simple endoscopy or barium swallow test can get thecondition diagnosed.
Chiropractic for Hiatal Hernia: How It Helps
As we explained above, mainstream medicine will prescribesurgery for the most difficult cases of hiatal hernia. But you donot have to do it, if you do not want such an invasive procedure orare at risk (allergy to anesthetic solutions or othercontraindications).
Chiropractic for hiatal hernia is quite effective and 100%non-invasive. The chiropractor will apply gentle manipulations overa series of treatment sessions. Their purpose is to ease thestomach back down to its natural position, freeing the hiatus fromthe pressure.
Is Chiropractic for Hiatal Hernia Safe?
A chiropractor is a doctor. This is the first thing to know.When you go to the initial appointment, the chiropractor will askyou all the usual questions:
• Preexisting conditions
• Medications you are currently taking
• Family history of illnesses.
No kind of chiropractic for hiatal hernia will be performed untilthe practitioner is assured that they know what you suffer from andthat you are eligible to receive this kind of treatment.
Is This a Permanent Solution?
Chiropractic for a hiatal hernia will try to solve your currenthealth issue. However, it is up to you to adjust your lifestyle andreduce the intensity of physical effort that caused it. Otherwise,you may develop this condition again.
It all depends on your fitness and the frequency and intensity ofthe physical activity. For example, professional athletes whocompete in weightlifting may find it difficult to change theirtraining routine. However, if you are simply gardening as a hobbyand carrying loaded barrows and various tools, you can change yourroutine or ask a family member to help you with heavy lifting.