This Valentine’s Day, if you find your heart burning for someone important in your life, it might be love. However, if you find your heart burning for chocolates, cinnamon, mint, or heavy foods, then it’s probably just acid reflux–also known as Gastric Esophogeal Reflux Disease (or GERD). If that’s the case, your Toronto chiropractic clinic can help.
What is Acid Reflux?
The simple answer: Acid Reflux is what happens when the digestive acids in your stomach creep up past the acid-proof part of your digestive system, into your esophagus.
The most common symptom of this is heartburn, but it can also present with more intense chest pain, nausea, or sometimes even the sensation that you have something stuck in your throat.
What Causes Acid Reflux?
Your natural resistance to acid reflux is the barrier between your stomach and esophagus, which is called the ‘Esophogeal Sphincter’. While genetics does play a factor in the strength of any organ in your body, lifestyle and outside factors can also have an effect on acid reflux, such as smoking, obesity, and unhealthy diet.
If you suffer from acid reflux, there are a number of common triggers, including:
- Fatty, fried foods
- Large meals
- Spicy foods
- Heavy seasonings, such as mint
- Intense, excessive physical exertion
How can Chiropractic Treatment Help?
Regular visits to a Toronto chiropractic clinic is a great way to help improve the functionality of the nervous system that controls your ‘esophogeal sphincter’. This can, in turn, increase functionality, improving its ability to keep your stomach acid where it belongs.
Chiropractic treatment can also be used to ease the symptoms, relaxing inner muscles that can tense up due to the stress of indigestion. Treatment can also help to relieve nausea and discomfort that is often associated with acid reflux, help to heal ulcers that can form as a result of (or in conjunction with) acid reflux, and improve general overall health, which can help your body to deal with the common acid reflux triggers.
Do you suffer from heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD? Schedule an appointment with your local Toronto Chiropractic Clinic today!