When a Stomach Problem Is Actually a Nerve Problem

At one point or another, we’ve all dealt with a stomachache and had to deal with the consequences. Avoiding certain foods, taking over-the-counter medications, and sipping on ginger ale often help us return to normal – but what about when you have chronic stomach issues? The gastrointestinal tract can be complex, and many people suffer from stomach problems. But what many people don’t realize is that a Charlotte chiropractor, not more medication and traditional medicine, may be the answer to addressing the root of your stomach problems once and for all.

The Spine’s Effect on Your Stomach

When dealing with stomach issues, most people will immediately assume the cause is related to the digestive system. Things like the food you eat, the stress in your daily life, and your movement patterns are all common culprits that you may try to adjust to find relief. And while it’s true that these things can be related to gastrointestinal issues, you may be overlooking the importance of your spine in these areas.

The digestive system is connected to your nervous system, which is governed by the spine. The spinal cord serves as the base for collections of nerve branches, which then extend out and connect to the stomach and intestines. The nerves generate signals to the brain that encourage food to move through your system, nutrients and minerals to be absorbed, and waste products to pass through the intestines.

When these signals are interrupted or interfered with, the signals sent to your digestive system can become altered and cause issues. One common cause of this is misalignments in the spine, which impact the spinal cord and nerves. The lower back is especially likely to cause digestion issues.

Misalignments of the spine, also called subluxations, can cause bones and spinal discs to move out of place and press against these nerves, even pinching or compressing them. This can lead to a range of problems, including abdominal pain, heartburn, gas, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation.

How a Chiropractor Can Help Nerve-Related Digestive Issues

When medications and other treatments fail, visiting a Charlotte chiropractor could be the answer to your stomach problems. In order for the digestive system to work properly, the nerves that control it must be functioning, which depends on a healthy spine.

Dr. Grant Lisetor specializes in chiropractic adjustments designed to return your spine to its optimal alignment. By focusing on any subluxations and spinal issues, he can help to guide your spine to its proper place, allowing those nerves to return to normal functioning. Once your nervous system is back to its full capability, you may notice your digestive system begin to follow suit.

If you are struggling with unresolved stomach issues, visit Greater Life Chiropractic today. Dr. Grant Lisetor will be able to perform a full evaluation of your spine and recommend the right plan of care for you to help you return to a healthy digestive system and relief from stomach problems. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!