GERD and Chiropractic Manipulations

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   Posted 5/15/2011 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I have NOT been diagnosed with GERD but have experienced a lot of acid reflux issues over the years. I just had an episode a few weeks back where I raced home from work, scarfed down some spaghetti and salad and then went out and did some quick yard work. I ended up getting severe back pain and pain in the center of my chest and since then have had acid reflux incidents which can be flare up for no reason.

My question is, has anyone had any chiropractic manipulations and helped with your symptoms???? I see a chiropractor and I always feel like the pain starts in my back first and then moves to my chest. It always seems like it is in the area of T3-T4 which affects the digestive system,heart and lungs. I may be crazy but when my back feels good, I have no issues with my digestive system. I don't need any medication at all and seem to be able to eat what I want.

I too have the pain that wraps around under my left arm and also into the center of my chest. I wonder how much of the chest pain we are experiencing is more muscle skeletal due to the tightening associated with the symptoms. It seems like when I get a massage and they concentrate on the left part of my back. The chest pain goes away for a while.

Has anyone experienced this? Is it possible the spinal pressure on the nerves associated with the T3-T4 controling these organs is causing the symptoms and not vice versa???? confused

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   Posted 5/15/2011 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jake11,
Welcome to Healing Well! Honestly, I think anything is possible. I used to get a very sharp pain in my lower left pelvic area. I got a doppler of it and nothing was wrong. My doc said try chiropractic. I did, and the pain went away. This happened again when I was having a stiff neck/spine issue, and once things resolved with my back it went away.

That said, I don't know of anyone around here who has tried chiropractic for a cure. I may be wrong though, and hopefully you'll get a response from somebody who has. I didn't find chiropractic to be all that helpful with anything specific (asthma, etc.) but did find it helpful with skeletal issues.

Hey the nerves all come from the certainly makes sense!
Good luck,

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   Posted 5/15/2011 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response. I think that chiropractic treatment definitely helps with muscle skeletal problems. I don't believe it can cure asthma and some of the other things they claim, but I do find it ironic that when I have no back pain and everything feels loose no acid reflux. When I do have back and I seem to be able to flex and feel muscle skeletal pain that moves with movement, I have the acid reflux. It's like what happened first the chicken or the egg syndrome.

Hopefully someone on here has experienced this also.

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   Posted 5/15/2011 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have wondered about it too. I have a good osteopath who does gentle pressure rather than the bone click and crunch type osteopathy. I've had 2 treatments aimed at my reflux, 3rd one at the end of this month. I can't fault the treatment for all other things I've needed it for; backache, stiff neck, sinus problems etc. So far the reflux hasn't changed. She says she can treat hernias if they are not too big. Mine is very small and she wasn't able to feel it. She did feel that all the surrounding tissues were tight though. I'll let you know how it goes. I am ineligible for surgery and intolerant of ppis, so I very much need some relief soon. I already have a tiny area of Barretts so it's a big worry and some days I think I may well die of fright before anything else gets me!

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   Posted 11/16/2012 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   
BarryVictor said...
Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal of chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is to correct structural alignment and improve your body's physical function.


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   Posted 11/16/2012 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I have heard that it may be helpful to those with hietal hernias.
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