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Relief from IBS: Can Chiropractic Help?

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of many digestive problems that a huge number of people in the U.S. suffer from daily. Many group IBS with IDB (inflammatory bowel disease), ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. While they all have similarities, primarily that they all affect bowel function, they have individual identifying factors that separate them from each other. IBS is considered the least severe of the group, mainly because it is not technically a disease but more of a “functional disorder,” meaning it doesn’t have specific identifiable causes.

Medical doctors and chiropractors agree that nervous system miscommunications are the primary reason for irritable bowel syndrome. In fact, chiropractors have found that spinal misalignments are present in all of the individuals that experience IBS symptoms. These misalignments create an interference between the brain and the intestinal tract, which leads to improper function of the intestinal tract and resulting symptoms of IBS.

The autonomic nervous system chart shows that the upper lumbar vertebrae house the nerves that are connected to the main components of the digestive system, namely the small and large intestines and the stomach. When a subluxation is present in these vertebrae, it is nearly impossible for the digestive system to work properly. Thankfully, a Charlotte chiropractor can gently adjust you so that subluxations are removed and proper function is restored to your body.

Effective Treatment of IBS

One study looked at individuals with Crohn’s disease, an ailment with similar but more severe symptoms than IBS. The study concluded that “nerve compression leads to a chronic functional disorder having a significant effect on digestion, absorption of nutrients and liquids, conveyance of food, as well as various other functions of the digestive tract extending to excretion” (Takeda et al). They found that vertebral subluxation was common in those suffering from Crohn’s disease, and all of the individuals who were treated with chiropractic adjustments saw alleviation or stable remission of their symptoms.

A similar study followed the treatment of a 32-year old female who had been experiencing IBS symptoms, as well as anxiety and depression, for ten years. Her chiropractor performed upper cervical adjustments to reduce subluxations, leading to more effective function of her entire body. After just one adjustment, she experienced a regular, solid, pain-free bowel movement and a significant decrease in anxiety and depression, even when faced with normal triggers. After more adjustments and regular care under a chiropractor, the woman saw a resolution of her IBS and her anxiety and depression symptoms were decreased both in severity and frequency.

If you are suffering from IBS or any other digestive issue, know that there is hope and relief is possible! A Charlotte chiropractor like Dr. Grant of Greater Life Chiropractic would love to educate you on the methodology of chiropractic and show you how it can bring you relief from your uncomfortable IBS symptoms.

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“Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – Cause.” WebMD.

“Irritable Bowel Syndrome vs. Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” Healthline.

Nardi, J. “Resolution of Irritable Bowel Symptomatology in a Patient Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2013 Apr: 25-31.

Takeda, Y., Arai, S., Touichi, H. “Long Term Remission and Alleviation of Symptoms in Allergy and Crohn’s Disease Patients Following Spinal Adjustment for Reduction of Vertebral Subluxations.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2002; 4(4): 129-141.



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