What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is a common condition that has happened to everyone at least once. It is a burning sensation caused by acid from your stomach making its way into your esophagus area. This sensation can also be felt in the lower chest or stomach area and can also be known as heartburn, despite having nothing to do with the heart. If you experience these symptoms more than twice a week, you could have acid reflux disease.

What Causes Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is caused by a few factors. A stomach abnormality known as a hiatal hernia can be one of these causes. For people with a hiatal hernia, the upper part of their stomach and lower esophageal sphincter(LES) move away from the diaphragm. The LES is a muscle that separates the stomach from your chest, and when it malfunctions, acid reflux can occur. Other causes include eating large meals or lying down right after eating, snacking close to bedtime, being overweight or obese, smoking, being pregnant or drinking certain beverages like alcohol and tea. Some medications can also lead to acid reflux.

When you Should Seek Treatment
Heartburn, a burning sensation that can take place in the lower abdomen, or move up into your throat is a common symptom of acid reflux with regurgitation, a sour or bitter-tasting acid in your throat or mouth, is another.Other symptoms associated with acid reflux include burping, nausea, hiccups that won’t go away, bloating, wheezing, dry cough or a chronic sore throat. Symptoms can vary in severity but are unpleasant for most.If you are experiencing acid reflux more than twice a week, it’s time to seek treatment.

Why You Should Seek Treatment
Damage from acid reflux can lead to severe complications such as esophagitis and Barrett’s esophagus. Esophagitis is caused by the stomach acid damaging the lining of the esophagus. This damage can lead to it narrowing and becoming a condition known as strictures or lead to more serious complications such as esophageal cancer.

Lifestyle and dietary changes are the most common forms of treatment for acid reflux. Reducing the amount of food, you eat in one setting is beneficial, as well ensuring you do not eat too close to when you sleep.

Chiropractic therapy can be used in conjunction with these therapies to bring about even more relief from acid reflux. For conditions like a hiatal hernia, chiropractic care can be used for the manipulation of the stomach and LES into their proper placements within the body. Treatment may focus on spinal realignment as the spinal position is important to keep the nerves of the stomach happy and healthy. Tightened esophageal muscles can be relaxed and lead to an overall reduction in stress.

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