I've had several patients come and see me for stomach pains and acid reflux. These are problems often dealt with by medical doctors and managed by medication. But do those medications get to the cause of the problem?
In these cases, the answer was definitively "no!"
I successfully treated all of these cases with something called Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique (CMRT). It's an advanced part of Sacro Occipital Technic® (SOT®).
CMRT involves soft tissue work on the body. Food moves into the stomach through the diaphragmatic sphincter. Like the other sphincter we all know and love, it should properly open and close to function. When it doesn't do that, stomach acid can pass backwards into the esophagus causing what is called acid reflux.
In both of these cases, the diaphragm was under tension and was affecting the diaphragmatic sphincter. Part of fixing the cause was to pull the stomach away, since it was also pushed up under the diaphragm.
The psoas muscle also connects at common points with the diaphragm. When the psoas muscle shortens or tightens, it pulls on the diaphragm. The psoas muscle also is involved with low back problems and this is why acid reflux and low back issues can go together.
Both these cases also had subluxation of the 5th thoracic vertebra (T5). T5 has connections with the stomach (gastric) reflex, which influences acid production. As part of CMRT, I did reflex work on this area too.
These cases resolved relatively quickly: an inexpensive fix to what can be a very costly problem.
Antacids lower the pH in your stomach. This can allow for bad bacteria to grow in your digestive tract that aren't supposed to. Yuck!
If you are experiencing acid reflux, please give me a call. I can tell you after an initial exam if you have this problem causing your reflux. If not, I can help develop a plan to figure out what other problems could be causing the pain.
I'm a Chiropractic Physician, Psychotherapist and researcher. I'm interested in helping people live their lives to their full potential. That could be simply without pain. Or it could be without more complicated physical or mental health problems. Or it could be getting help in making changes in their life so that they can achieve their dreams.