What happens during digestion?
Digestive disorders are a broad umbrella category that includes conditions like, acid reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, chrons disease, nausea, and many others. In this article, we will explain the digestive process itself and then explain what controls all aspects of digestion and what can interfere with its normal function.
Our system of health care is obsessed with the treatment of symptoms. This article is an attempt to explain that many diseases and symptom processes in the body relate back to central nervous system interference. The Blair Upper Cervical procedure has the goal of normalizing the nervous system function-getting at the root cause.
The process of digestion first starts in the mouth. When we put food in our mouth and start to chew, digestion begins. Mastication of food breaks down food into smaller pieces and at the same time mixes saliva which is full of enzymes. When we swallow an automatic process called peristalsis, a rhythmic contraction pushes food down the esophagus.
Once food enters the stomach a sphincter (the muscle between the esophagus and stomach) locks down to prevent acid from “refluxing” back into the esophagus. The food then mixes with stomach acid to further break down the food and is then ejected into the small intestine.
In the small intestine pancreatic digestive enzymes are injected into the broken-down food to metabolize it further. In the small intestine, small nutrient particles are then absorbed directly into the bloodstream to be transported to tissue cells to sustain function, repair, and life.
Once most of the nutrition is extracted in the small intestine peristaltic action continues to push the digested food towards its final destination, the rectum. The large intestine main function is water is extraction into the bloodstream and its final job is to excrete the waste to the exterior.
The entire digestive tract is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. The only part of digestion that is under your conscious control is chewing and swallowing. The rest is an “automatic” process that is monitored and controlled by the central nervous system.
If there are digestive problems occurring irritation to the central nervous system can be a ROOT CAUSE. Oftentimes injury to the neck in prior years can cause central nervous system disturbance that later in life can be the underlying cause for many digestive disorders.
Digestive Disorders, Possible Causes, and Mechanisms of Cause
Acid reflux is the result of a lack of tone in a muscle that blocks acid from the stomach from backing up into the esophagus. Traditional medical treatment is to reduce the acid levels of the stomach so the backing up of stomach acid is not as irritating to the esophagus.
Antacids do NOT cure the root cause they treat the symptom. Lower stomach acid reduces the digestive capabilities of the body and lowers nutrient delivery into the bloodstream. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for controlling the tone of the sphincter between the stomach and the esophagus.
Many times, the root cause of this problem is the nerve message, or “autonomic tone” is being disrupted upstream due to a structural impediment interfering with central nervous system function. Our office quite regularly sees patients recover following Blair's upper cervical care from acid reflux disease.
Constipation and Diarrhea
Both constipation and diarrhea are conditions of too much or too little. Sometimes constipation is due to a lack of water intake or low fiber in the diet. However, it also can be due to a lack of peristaltic action in the bowel. Diarrhea is too much bowel activity. Sometimes it is due to an allergy such as gluten intolerance or a dairy allergy. Sometimes it is due to an overactive autonomic nervous system. The increased autonomic activity can have its roots in an “irritated” nervous system.
Nausea can be a stand-alone symptom but also can be closely associated with vertigo, Meniere’s Disease, and other conditions. Listen to what one patient says about his battle and recovery with chronic long-term nausea following Blair Upper Cervical care in our office.
Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Los Angeles - Digestive Disorders
What is Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic and how does it relate to digestive disorders? It is well documented that the brainstem is the seat for autonomic nervous system control. Therefore, what controls all digestive function is the brainstem.
Injuries to the upper cervical spine can cause interference to brainstem function through the dentate ligament theory, dysafferentation theory, and myodural bridge. Any irritation to the brainstem can have far-reaching effects on how your body works including digestion.
Blair upper cervical chiropractors are well trained to locate spinal misalignments in the upper neck that are causing brain stem interference. Once located precise imaging is used such as cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) or digital x-ray to locate the exact direction and angle of the joint that is involved. Once determined the precise information from the imaging is used to make a spinal correction.
A Blair spinal correction does not involve any twisting popping or pulling of the neck. Once corrected the central nervous system can return to normal and overtime healing occurs throughout the body.
Upper Cervical Health Care has two offices. One is located in Korea town and serves patients from Los Angeles, Westwood, Pasadena, Glendale, Hollywood, Burbank, Beverly Hills, and surrounding cities. Our Carson (South Bay) office serves patients from Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Carson, Rancho Palos Verdes, El Segundo, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, and surrounding cities.
If you are out of the Los Angeles area and need an Upper Cervical chiropractor near me “call our office and we would be happy to find someone in your area that can help you. We hope this article was informative and will help those who are seeking natural healing alternatives to medication symptomatic treatment.