While chiropractic care is great for the back, there are many other types of disorders your chiropractor can treat as well. If you are suffering from a hiatal hernia, our chiropractic team at Edelson Chiropractic Wellness and Massage, serving Tampa, FL, can help you find relief.
What Is a Hiatal Hernia?
A hiatal hernia is a condition in which the stomach bulges up through the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the large muscle that separates your abdomen and chest. The stomach bulges through a small area in the diaphragm called the hiatus.
A small hiatal hernia is not an uncommon condition, and many people do not realize they have the condition because it does not cause them any issues. However, if a hiatal hernia enlarges, it can cause health problems.
Symptoms of a Hiatal Hernia
The most common symptoms of this condition are digestive-related. A hiatal hernia will cause food to back up into the esophagus. This causes discomfort and what many people refer to as heartburn. In more severe cases, this problem can cause food regurgitation, acid reflux, and difficulty swallowing.
Causes of a Hiatal Hernia
This condition can be caused by many things, including:
- Changes to the diaphragm
- Injury to the area
- Congenital birth defects
- Chronic stress to the area
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Our team can check you for a hiatal hernia. If it is determined that you do have this condition, we can help.
Your chiropractor can perform a hiatal hernia adjustment. During this procedure, the stomach can be properly repositioned. This adjustment will pull the stomach back down into the abdomen. Many patients report almost immediate relief following this adjustment.
Benefits of This Treatment
Most patients report that they experience digestive relief following a hiatal hernia adjustment.
Other benefits include improved sleep. Acid reflux and heartburn often lead to sleep disturbances. Having this problem resolved can help you get back to a good sleep routine.
Another great benefit is that patients can improve their eating habits. Often, a hiatal hernia will cause people to limit the amount and types of healthy food they are eating. When eating is uncomfortable or healthy foods cause heartburn, it is more difficult to make good food choices.
The adjustment can bring digestive relief so that more healthy foods can be added back into the diet.