Exercises to strengthen lower esophageal sphincter?

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morrie
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   Posted 6/5/2006 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have GERD and want to find any exercises that can help strengthen the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, which everyone agrees is the root cause of the ailment.
 
Does anyone out there know of any exercises that work? Has anyone tried the Shaker Swallowing Rehabilitation Exercise which is used to strengthen the Upper Esophageal Sphincter in patients with swallowing disorders? (e.g. life flat on your back, lift only your head about 4 inches wihtou lifting shoulders and look at your toes - hold this for 1 minute, rest for 1 minute and then repeat two more times).
 
Thanks!!!

tucci
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   Posted 8/5/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
hey morrie im gunna try that exercise out for a couple weeks everyday and see how it helps ....thanks for the post :)....have u beeen doint it urself?

ilovecats94
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   Posted 8/5/2006 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I've got fibromyalgia and I'd probably die from that exercise. Sometimes I wonder if my GERD isn't nerve damage from diabetes? I realize now I have had it for well over 4 years and just didn't realize it until it got really bad. Hope the exercises help you all.

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Faye
Hypothyroidism (1953), Diabetes type 2 (1976), High cholesterol (1989), Gastroparesis (1990), FMS (1995), and GERD (2006).


Nal
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   Posted 8/5/2006 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Ive never heard of exercises for the sphincter muscle.  Interesting!  Have you been trying the exercise you mentioned?  Notice any difference at all?
 
Nancy

MerylG
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   Posted 9/23/2006 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Tucci,
You mentioned trying this exercise? Has it helped?

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   Posted 9/23/2006 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing... I have never heard of that
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DANIE
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   Posted 9/24/2006 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Here's a link to the exercises, seem simple enough to try for most people.

MerylG
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   Posted 9/24/2006 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you! I will have to try this, especially since I've decided to lower my PPI dosage from 20mg to 10mg.

sillylilly
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   Posted 10/21/2006 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, it's been a few months since finding out about this exercise....has anyone seen any improvement? I am going to try it...the website where exercise is found says that after six weeks there is significant improvement....let us know if it is working for anyone.

DANIE
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   Posted 10/24/2006 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I've tried everything posted on these boards and have definitely been improving dramatically so I don't know if it's just this exercise or a combination of it and alkaline diet and supplements I take. I think everyone should try everything because maybe just one thing or one change can help an individual.
I don't understand how you can just suffer for years and not make some dramatic change to heal. I couldn't even stand having to take Prilosec for 1 month (and then having a rebound effect) and being told to take a different drug! I've always turned to natural methods in my life and refuse to be put on drugs when I can do something about my condition.

sillylilly
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   Posted 10/24/2006 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Danie....I agree with you 100%. I am doing what you are doing with the alkaline diet and no coffee, tea or sodas....I've lost some weight which isn't bad but I am still taking Prevacid. When I try to get off of it the reflux is so bad that I can't get through the rebound stage because it's so awful...I get scared that I'm doing alot of damage. How long did the rebound reflux last when you quit the Prilosec? I really want to be off the meds and take charge of this myself but it won't let me. The longest I've gone off the meds is 2 days without sypmptoms and then they come back with a vengeance. I'm really thinking of talking to my doctor about doing the Bard suturing procedure and hope that it is successful...it's the least invasive of all the procedures.

DANIE
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   Posted 10/25/2006 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Sillylilly,
It was tough at times at the very beginning, I haven't been out to a restaurant in a while. I eat so many cooked vegetables and just a little protein. Of course, I too lost some weight which is fine since I'm not eating any sugar or wheat products. I do love dates in case you want to try them "natures candy". I was tempted to go back to drugs at times BUT I did not waiver! I knew I did not want to take Prilosec or anything else for more than 1 month. The DGL licorice and alkaline diet and eating small meals is helping me control symptoms almost all the time and I am definitely healing the esophagus this way. I don't feel the tightness in my chest anymore (I never had pain, just nausea and dizziness).
I hope you can do it too and not need surgery. THE KEY REALLY IS TO CHANGE YOUR WHOLE DIET. IT'S DEFINITELY NOT EASY AND YOU DO HAVE TO DEPRIVE YOURSELF OF SO MANY THINGS.....but isn't it worth it to do so for a while?
Good luck to you.

Steve J
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   Posted 10/26/2006 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Certain foods are known to relax the spincter and allow stomach acid to back up. Chocolate is one of these. And fats may be another. Try to avoid these, especially 3-4 hours before bedtime. Also try not to over eat.

Here's some more information:

The lower esophageal muscle can be weakened by factors other than food. The following recommendations may be helpful in reducing symptoms:

1. Stop using tobacco in all forms. Nicotine weakens the lower esophageal muscle.
2. Avoid chewing gum and hard candy. They increase the amount of swallowed air which, in turn, leads to belching and reflux.
3. Do not lie down immediately after eating. Avoid late evening snacks.
4. Avoid tight clothing and bending over after eating.
5. Eat small, frequent portions of food and snack if needed.
6. Lose weight if overweight. Obesity leads to increased reflux.
7. Elevate the head of the bed six to eight inches to prevent reflux when sleeping. Extra pillows, by themselves, are not very helpful.
8. The following foods aggravate acid reflux, and should be avoided:
* fatty or fried foods
* peppermint and spearmint
* whole milk
* oils
* chocolate
* creamed foods or soups
* most fast foods
9. The following foods irritate an inflamed lower esophagus and may need to be limited or avoided:
* citrus fruits and juices (grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tomato)
* coffee (regular and decaffeinated)
* caffeinated soft drinks
* tea
* other caffeinated beverages
10. Spicy or acidic foods may not be tolerated by some individuals.
Source http://www.gicare.com/pated/edtgs03.htm

Post Edited (Steve J) : 10/26/2006 8:00:27 PM (GMT-6)


Gozer
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   Posted 12/29/2007 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone see improvement from that exercise?

I've been struggling with several symptoms ranging from gas to constipation to acid-reflux. My biggest regret was allowing my doctors to upgrade me to heavy duty pills after taking the 14-day round of Prilosec OTC. The side effects were worse the the original problem and I'm convinced I didn't have acid reflux until about a month into taking them.

The second regret was not seeking out the right health professionals earlier. While I'm not an all-out homeopathic follower, I have found a homeopathic nutritionist and chiropractor that have done very good things for me. And, if anything, they seem to genuinely care and take more time and interest in you and your problem. A nutritionist can help you follow a better anti-GERD diet and find replacements for the foods you can't eat, but the nutrition you need. Protein and good fats were big one for me. I'm very slender and need the solid energy they provide without sending my acid-reflux into overdrive. The chiropractor also practices some kind of kinesiology. Basically my bodies wiring was goofed up. In just the first visit I could feel a difference. A week later I was much better.

I still deal with the problems, but I do several things to fight it off:

- I don't over eat
- I eat lots of raw or almost raw vegetables
- Take very good probiotics
- I eat white meats
- I avoid dairy products from cows
- I avoid all the usual acid-reflux causing foods like tomato sauce, chocolate, coffee, soda, etc. Carob is a good chocolate replacement
- Take flax seed oil for good fat
- Take a good multi-vitamin every day
- Walk, walk, and more walking.... helps better and faster digestion
- Avoid processed foods... the closer to natural form is always best
- Avoid too much spices and seasonings in/on my food

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zudo
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   Posted 3/6/2010 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I found that licorice tea really works for gerd.I have had gerd for three years now but i have been off ov medications for two years thanks to licorice tea,but you have to drink a lot of it 3-4 cups a day but it works at least for me does.I hope this will help you too.

MinnesotaMark
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   Posted 3/6/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Another option to the licorice tea is to try DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice) chewable tabs. DGL Ultra in german chocolate flavor from your local health store seems to work well for me. 20 mins before you eat--chew one. Give it a try.

Would be very interested to know if anyone has had success with the LES excercise. Seems simple enough--I am going to start and report in from time to time.

MM

droper
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   Posted 3/8/2010 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I cannot find the exercises from that link can someone post them ?

zeldagoblin
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   Posted 3/8/2010 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I found these, I hope they are of some use

http://stroke.about.com/od/caregiverresources/qt/swallowxrcs.htm

MinnesotaMark
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   Posted 3/8/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Remember: I think these exercises are for the upper sphincter fro swallowing, not the LES (sphincter between stomach and esophagus). MM

drgrcr
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   Posted 4/1/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Are there any excerise for the sphincter?

speden
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   Posted 4/2/2010 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never been able to find an exercise for the LES. The closest I've come to that is eating a certain type of food that is sticky and doesn't just drop down the esophagus, but requires the esophagus muscles to force it down. For me that food is Kraft macaroni and cheese! If I eat a lot of that at once without taking a drink of water, it will collect in sort of a lump near the top of the esophagus, and when enough of it is there, I can actually feel the esophagus contract to force it down. It's almost painful, but not quite. But I don't eat that very often so I doubt it's enough to qualify as exercise for the LES. I haven't noticed this phenomenon with any other food I eat.

Another thought I had was eating while lying down, so that gravity wouldn't move food down the esophagus, and the muscles would have to work. But I can't do that since my LES doesn't close, so I'd just get extra acid damage from it.

Hanni
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   Posted 5/2/2011 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Do these yoga exercises it will be helpful for LES Lower Esophageal Sphincter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWblZunDk7Y

Hanni
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   Posted 5/2/2011 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Do these yoga exercises it will be helpful for LES Lower Esophageal Sphincter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWblZunDk7Y

Hanni
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   Posted 5/2/2011 2:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Exercise for sphincter muscle


1- Anxiety and stress contribute to the problem of the dysfunctional muscle ring. You should attempt meditation and relaxation techniques to reduce stress or anxiety.

Breathing techniques for stress and anxiety::
It’s preferable to stand up, count 5 seconds while taking a deep breath, inhaled and hold it for 5 seconds and exhaled very slowly.
Repeat 5 times in a row. Stop if you are feeling dizzy and try 3 seconds breathing instead of 5.

2- Visualizing techniques are proven beneficial to healing LES muscle.
It’s a controversial issue debated within the medical community just like hypnosis. Nevertheless, people using these techniques claims it works.
Imagery exercise:

i- space: you must find a place that gives you the sensation of well being. It could be outside somewhere at a park or inside your house. As long as you don’t get disturbed. This exercise should be done sitting or resting in a comfortable position.

ii- Next, do the breathing techniques as mention before to calm your mind and body.

3- script imagery guide for healing and relaxing:
Close your eyes and imagine waking through an enchanting forest on a beautiful hot summer day. While peacefully following a path through the forest, you could hear birds chanting and falling water.Through the sounds of waterfalls, you clearly hear waves of voices calling you from far away.
Mesmerized by these unfamiliar voices, you finally arrive at the end of the trail where the woods open up, and right in the middle of nowhere, stands this bewildering waterfall.
A majestic scene of colours, enlightens your eyes. Spell bound by this magnificent waterfall you decide to go under it. While golden light water trickles over your body, you notice a deep cut on one of your shoulders mysteriously disappears right before your eyes. You have suddenly discovered a powerful healing resource to cure your wounds. Unexpectedly, all your senses come alive as you start drinking the magical source. Within seconds, you could feel the tingling sensation of water passing through your food pipe slowly healing the inside of your stomach, a strange sensation of subtle and pleasing heat overwhelms your entire body while time stands still. You are now controlling the healing process, knowing you have the power to cure yourself.
Finally, you have reached a total state of euphoria.
Hours seem to have passed by and now its time for you to come back.
This place you have discovered, is your secret garden where you know you could come any time you desire to relax and heal yourself.

4- slowly reopen your eyes and try to keep the memory of this pleasant adventure.
Thank you for being here, and I hope this Guided imagery script gave you relaxation.
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