Chiropractic care has been explored as a complementary approach for managing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). While the primary focus of chiropractic care is spinal alignment and nervous system function, some practitioners believe that spinal misalignments, particularly in the upper thoracic region, may impact the function of the esophagus and contribute to GERD symptoms. However, the effectiveness of chiropractic care in treating GERD is a subject of a debate within the medical community, and research in this area is limited. It’s essential for individuals considering chiropractic care for GERD to consult with a knowledgeable chiropractor and a medical doctor and explore evidence-based treatments like lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and medications to ensure comprehensive and safe management of their GERD symptoms.
Up to 15 million Americans take proton pump inhibitors to treat GERD and are often told they should take such medications indefinitely. Unfortunately, significant side-effects from long-term use can occur. While evidence is largely limited to case and small-scale studies, there may be a place for the chiropractic co-management of GERD with the use of manual therapies. For more information, please call 860-621-2225. We are located at 200 Queen St., Southington.
P.S. Chiropractors may use gentle spinal adjustments to correct misalignments and promote proper nerve signaling to the digestive system.