Acid reflux is a horrible condition to live with. The journal Circulation printed an article informing consumers about medications provided to care for this problem. It noted that protein pump inhibitors (PPIs) could cause one’s blood vessels to narrow, possibly leading to high blood pressure and weakening the heart. PPIs include such popular drugs as Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium.
Surprisingly, 1 out of every 14 people in American takes one of these drugs, causing sales to run as high as $13 million in a single year. They rank as the third most-taken drug in the USA. While these medications are necessary for some, others may want to consider looking into a more natural solution for acid reflux. Before discussing that, let’s take a look at why reflux occurs.
Why Does Acid Reflux Happen?
It may sound strange, but research reveals acid reflux may be due to a previous head or neck trauma. Things such as trauma at birth, tripping and falling, car accidents, sporting injuries, and similar type traumas may be behind the onset of acid reflux.
This is due to the fact that the bones of the upper neck protect the brainstem. If an injury has caused these bones to move out of place, they can stress the brainstem causing improper signals to be sent between the brain and the rest of the nervous system.
The result is that there may be less nerve supply to the lower esophageal sphincter muscle than needed for it to function properly, creating acid reflux. This was discovered by Dr. G. Gutmann back in the 1960s and has been the topic of modern day research as well.
Finding Drug-Free Help for Acid Reflux
If a misalignment of the upper neck is responsible for acid reflux, then it would make sense that fixing the misalignment would correct the issue. This is where upper cervical chiropractic comes into play. Our focus is on finding and then correcting any misalignments in this sensitive part of the body. These low force corrections have helped many to experience better health overall. By using a gentle method, adjustments are long-lasting, thus potentially providing a cost-effective alternative to medication.