August is National Gastroparesis Awareness Month and the Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta want to make sure you are equipped with the correct information to preserve your health.
Gastroparesis, or delayed gastric emptying, is a condition of partial paralysis where the dietary contents of the stomach remain for longer than normal.
Some of the most common symptoms described by those suffering from gastroparesis include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, acid reflux, heartburn, abdominal pain and bloating.
Gastroparesis is more than just an inconvenience; it can also lead to an array of other health problems.
When dietary contents don’t pass through the digestive system normally, the individual may experience malnutrition, unknowingly starving their body.
However, chiropractic treatment may offer some relief for those suffering from this ailment.
The first step in the treatment of gastroparesis is to understand its cause.
Usually, the vagus nerve sends a signal to the stomach muscles to contract when there’s food inside, moving the food down into the small intestines.
Sufferers of gastroparesis may not experience these muscle contractions, which results in a backup of food. If the vagus nerve is damaged or dislocated, it will be unable to send the appropriate signals to the stomach.
As you may already know, chiropractors are taught to balance the central nervous system through manual manipulations and adjustments.
If your condition is the result of a misplaced or damaged vagus nerve, a chiropractor could offer some relief.
They’ll work to realign your body, so the bones and muscles are back where they belong. In turn, this may trigger the vagus nerve to function properly again, treating your gastroparesis.
Of course, gastroparesis can also be caused when the stomach muscles stop functioning normally.
If the muscles are damaged or torn, they won’t be able to move food into the lower intestines.
Talk to your chiropractor and tell them exactly how long you’ve been suffering and what symptoms you are experiencing.
If you are suffering from gastroparesis, you should try to start chewing your food more completely.
The more time you spend chewing, the less work your stomach muscles need to do to move food through the small intestines.
Daily exercise has also proven to be effective at reducing some of the bothersome symptoms of gastroparesis.
Try to maintain a positive outlook on life.
Gastroparesis can be difficult to deal with and may force you to change your routine.
However, if you stay active and continue treatment, you can regain control of your life.
Schedule an appointment with our Atlanta Chiropractors to learn about what kind of therapy options are recommended for your condition.
Because gastroparesis is associated with the stomach muscles and vagus nerve, Chiropractors can often treat the condition through manipulations and alignments.
Call us today at (404) 889-8828.