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How is my spine alignment related to my digestive tract?

Apr 7

Spine alignment affects your digestive tract

It is not a well-known thing but searching for a chiropractor near you can also give you an idea about how to better take care of your digestive tract. You'd be hard pushed to find someone you know these days who does not have some form of stomach problem. You name it, someone has it: gas, bloating, acid reflux, gluten sensitivity, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, and so on. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is the most prevalent 'catch-all' term for these disorders and associated symptoms.

Poor diet is the most common cause of digestive problems. Because there are so many food options that fall short of the nutritional pyramid easily available these days, many of us neglect to properly nourish our bodies, and as a result, our digestive function suffers.

These digestive problems can be caused by a lack of fiber, insufficient fluid consumption, too much caffeine, and not enough sleep.

And pharmaceutical companies are raking in cash by developing new drugs to address these ailments on a daily basis. Antacids are a gold mine because they function in such a way that they alleviate symptoms as long as you take them, but as soon as you stop, the symptoms return.

What most people don't realize is that digestive problems are caused by a lot more than just what we eat. While dietary changes and different drugs can help with symptoms, treating the underlying cause is critical to getting us off the hamster wheel of medicating our symptoms while ignoring the basis of the problem.

The chiropractors at Peak Potential Family Chiropractic - Houston Heights may have the answer.

How Chiropractors Help With This Cases

Let's talk about anatomy for a moment. In medical jargon, the chest and abdomen are referred to as the 'thoracic' region. The thoracic area of the spine houses the component of the spine that controls digestion. Do you see where I'm going with this?

If the vertebrae in the spine are misaligned, the signals they give to the digestive system's nerves, particularly those in the stomach and intestines, might be messed up. As a result, we hear about or experience many of the regularly reported digestive problems.

It's worth noting that the digestive system contains over a million nerve cells. The stomach, intestines, and esophagus are all included. All sorts of things can go wrong when these nerves in the digestive system aren't transmitting the right signals, especially when combined with a bad diet that's likely low in fiber.

People can get caught in a vicious cycle of diarrhea followed by constipation, back and forth, until they can't tell which way is up! And, if you've ever had either, you'll know that the cramping can lead to lower back discomfort on top of everything else. Yes, it's a never-ending loop!

For stomach pain relief, see a chiropractor

So, if your stomach issues could be due to a problem with your spine, what can you do about it? Your best bet is to see an experienced chiropractor and talk to them about your issues. During your visit, the chiropractor will perform a physical examination and compare the results to the symptoms you've described. They'll look for signs of subluxations or other issues in your spine. They will then perform spinal manipulations and adjustments if they believe your stomach troubles are caused by spinal disorders.


The hope is that by realigning the spine, the chiropractor can help to improve nerve function and reduce or eliminate your digestive problems. Chiropractors have been helping people with their stomach issues for years, and there's good reason to believe that they can help you, too. If you're tired of being on medication for your digestive problems and want to try something different, make an appointment with a chiropractor today. You may be surprised at how well they can help!


Peak Potential Family Chiropractic - Houston Heights is here to help you get your life back on track. We specialize in the treatment of digestive problems and can help you figure out what's causing your issues. We also offer spinal manipulations and adjustments to help improve nerve function and reduce or eliminate your digestive problems. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started on the path to better health!