It’s not something we like to think about. Heck, it’s not even something we like to hear about. But with many of the common risk factors on the rise, hemorrhoids are an unpleasant health issue that more and more people have to deal with. Thankfully, if you suffer from this most unmentionable of ailments, your Toronto chiropractor can help.
What are they?
Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and rectum. These can cause severe discomfort while sitting, standing, walking, or having a bowel movement, and can manifest as itching, pain, or even sometimes bleeding.
While hemorrhoids are unpleasant to talk about, they’re also common. Studies have found that half of all adults have to deal with them by the time they reach the age of 50.
What causes them?
There are a number of risk factors that can lead to the formation of hemorrhoids, usually occurring because of a decrease of nerve supply (caused by spinal subluxations) to the bowels:
– Constipation and bathroom straining
– Sitting for prolonged periods of time
– Uncomfortable seats (such as saddle-style bicycle seats or toilets)
– Digestive irritation and diarrhea
– Pregnancy and childbirth
Whatever the culprit, the cause is the same in all these risk factors: insufficient neurological supply to the bowels, and increased expansive pressure in the veins of the lower rectum, either through strain or pressure. And with jobs today requiring people to sit for long periods becoming more common, and obesity rates consistently on the rise, hemorrhoids are going to become even more prevalent in the years to come.
How can your Toronto Chiropractor treat them?
One of the major benefits of chiropractic treatment is the relief of subluxations that cause nerve pressure, improving both neurological and cardiovascular flow.
In other words, regular chiropractic treatment can help to improve nerve supply to the bowels, and to minimize the pressure build-up that causes the veins to swell and become inflamed. Not only does chiropractic treatment help to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling of hemorrhoids, but the increased blood flow and overall neurological health can help to prevent future outbreaks.
Are you in one of the listed risk groups? Have you suffered from hemorrhoids in the past? Book regular appointments to help limit the risk of future outbreaks. Are you currently suffering from the discomfort of hemorrhoids? Contact us today to get the treatment you need as soon as possible.