Bloating is a common feeling that many people experience regularly, but it may not be caused by what you think. A lot of us tend to associate bloating with feeling gassy or eating too much, but those aren’t normal causes, especially not for recurring or chronic bloating.
What Causes Bloating?
One of the most common causes of bloating is irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, where the nerves that control your bowels are overactive. Another common cause is acid reflux, where your esophagus is irritated by stomach acids. One big contributing factor to bloating is your diet. Retaining too much water is often linked to bloating, and that can be caused by consuming too much salt, eating too many carbs, drinking too much soda, consuming too much dairy, eating too much sugar, or eating too much fatty food. Additionally, eating too fast or too much can cause bloating, and so can weight gain or dealing with constipation.
Because of how the central nervous system controls the digestive system, it’s extremely important that your central nervous system is as healthy as possible and is working as effectively as it can. When the spine is misaligned, even the slightest bit, the spinal cord can be impinged and nerves can be impacted, leading to a miscommunication from the brain to the digestive system. This can bring about a slew of issues, including IBS, constipation, acid reflux, and—you guessed it—bloating.
Although some more serious health concerns can cause bloating, the majority of people who experience this uncomfortable feeling don’t have other serious health concerns. It could be as simple as eating a specific food or having a minor misalignment in the spine. If you are struggling with bloating, whether occasionally or regularly, trust your local Charlotte chiropractor, Dr. Grant Lisetor, to restore function to your central nervous system, digestive system, and more.
Scientific Evidence Connecting Chiropractic and Digestive Health
A study published in 2012 explored a group of individuals who were struggling with abdominal pain. Of all those who sought care for their discomfort, two-thirds of them had disc herniation in the thoracic, or middle, back. Interestingly, many of those individuals had previously been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Because of the connection between spinal misalignments, IBS, and stomach pain, chiropractors adjusted these individuals, and two-thirds of those with disc herniations had their symptoms completely managed and resolved, while the other one-third had their symptoms partially or mostly resolved.
Although bloating may be caused by visceral or other issues, it is important for doctors to explore the vertebrae for signs of misalignment or herniation, as this can be a simple, non-invasive, and effective solution to the discomfort of bloating.
If you are experiencing bloating of any severity or any other form of digestive distress, get in touch with Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic. Dr. Grant is a Charlotte chiropractor who is passionate about bringing true health to the community and getting to the root cause of ailments, pain, and dysfunction.
Lara, F.J.P., Berges, A.F., Quesada, J.Q., Ramiro, J.A.M., Toledo, R.B., Munoz, H.O. “Thoracic Disk Herniation, a not Infrequent Cause of Chronic Abdominal Pain.” International Surgery, 2012 Jan-Mar; 97 (1): 27-33. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3723187/.