Improvement of GERD Following Chiropractic Care – Case Study and Review

How Common is GERD? Does Chiropractic Care Help with Digestive Disorders?

A case study published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on July 11, 2016, documented a case of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) being helped by chiropractic in an adult patient.

Improvement of GERD Following Chiropractic Care - Austin Texas injury collision car truck accident care help attorneyThe Mayo Clinic website describes GERD by stating, “Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease. GERD occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, stomach content, flows back into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash (reflux) irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD.”

GERD is a common disorder. The study reports that 44% of the US population suffer from heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux symptoms at least once per month, 14% suffer weekly, and 7% have symptoms daily. Typical treatment for mild to moderate cases is over-the-counter antacids. More severe cases are medically treated using proton pump inhibitors (PPI).

In this case, a 35-year-old man presented himself to the chiropractor for help with GERD and mid back pain that he had been suffering with for the past two years. His problems were made worse by certain positions of his torso. Consuming certain foods including large meals, fried foods, spicy foods, and alcohol also made his condition worse. Medications and dietary change did not seem to help his situation which led him to try chiropractic care.

A chiropractic examination was performed including palpation, thermographic studies, and x-rays. Subluxations were determined to be present and a specific series of adjustments were begun to correct the detected subluxations.

During the initial portion of care, the patient noted that he did not have GERD symptoms after each of his adjustments. In one instance, he went several weeks without any symptoms until an incident at home caused a minor return of some GERD symptoms. His condition continued to improve under chiropractic care until he no longer needed the medication he was taking for his condition.

“A 35-year-old male presented for care with mid-back pain and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The patient suffered with these symptoms almost daily and was taking Prilosec to control condition,” the authors wrote in their conclusion. They summed up the response to chiropractic care by noting that “…the patient had resolution of GERD symptoms and improvement in quality of life.”

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Improvement of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) with Chiropractic

What is GERD? What is Effective for Pediatric Reflux?

A case study published in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics documents the recovery of a infant suffering with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) under chiropractic care. According to the Mayo Clinic GERD “…occurs when food backs up (refluxes) from a baby’s stomach, causing the baby to spit up.”

Improvement of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) with Chiropractic - Austin TX Pediatric Chiropractor HelpThe author of the study begins by noting that medical care for gastroesophageal reflux disease has not been shown to be effective. One study showed that the most common type of medication used for GERD has been shown to be no more effective that a placebo. Because of this, alternative care such as chiropractic is in great need for babies with this condition.

In this case, a four-month-old baby girl suffering from recurrent regurgitation after feeding was brought to the chiropractor. The baby was exclusively breastfed. The baby did not like being carried and often regurgitated after feeding. She also suffered with frequent crying, belching, interrupted sleep, choking, wheezing while sleeping, fussiness, distended stomach, and excessive intestinal gas.

The girl’s mother reported that she noticed these problems from about the second day after birth. In order to better sleep, the baby’s mother would place her on an incline mattress. The baby would also regurgitate almost every time her legs were raised to change her diapers.

A chiropractic examination was performed that included visual inspection, testing of reflexes, neurological testing, range of motion of the spine, palpation of the abdomen, and dynamic palpation of all spinal segments. Most of the test were normal. However, the abdomen was distended and areas of restriction were found in the spine. Subluxations were determined to be present and care was initiated.

The result of the care was the complete resolution of the baby’s GERD. The baby’s distended stomach returned to normal and the wheezing while sleeping stopped.

In the conclusion the author wrote, “Since current evidence fails to support traditional medicinal methods to treat GERD in infants, chiropractic care merits investigation as a safe alternative that might prove more efficient than medication and with fewer side effects.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson. We are located in north central Austin, TX.


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Resolution of GERD in an Infant Following Chiropractic Care

What is GERD? Can Chiropractic Help Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a study on May 19, 2016, documenting the case of an infant with gastroesophageal reflux disease, (GERD) being helped with chiropractic. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease. GERD occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, stomach content, flows back into your food pipe (esophagus).”

Resolution of GERD in an Infant Following Chiropractic CareThe study authors note that GERD is the most common reason for visits to a gastroenterology clinic in North America. They report that the prevalence of GERD is highest in North America at between 18.1 to 27.8% of the population having the condition. In Europe, the rate is about 9.8–18%, while in Asia, the rate is the lowest at only 5% of the population suffering from GERD at some point.

There has been an increase in alternative healthcare usage, such as chiropractic, for children with problems like GERD. In August of 2008, a study published in Pediatrics noted that, “Almost 40% of parents of pediatric gastroenterology patients are turning to complementary and alternative medicine for their child. Lack of effectiveness of conventional therapy, school absenteeism, and adverse effects of allopathic medication are more important predictors of complementary and alternative medicine use than the type of gastrointestinal disease.”

In this case, a 1-month-old baby girl was brought to the chiropractor. According to her mother, the infant had been suffering with GERD since birth. Her symptoms included gurgling at night, wakeful sleep, and the appearance of a facial grimace. The symptoms were worse at night, but occasionally appeared during the day.

An examination was performed and a determination was made that subluxations were present in the child’s spine. Specific adjustments were given over the following weeks to address the subluxations found by examination.

The study reported that the infant responded well to chiropractic care with the infant showing relief early in care. The length of time the relief was noted got longer as time under care progressed. In rating her child’s improvement, the mother recorded that her child was “…a very great deal better.”

The authors also reviewed a number of other case studies of GERD being helped by chiropractic. This body of evidence adds to the documented effectiveness of chiropractic care for patients with GERD. In their conclusion, the authors wrote, “We reported the successful chiropractic care of a 1-month old female with subjective complaints consistent with GERD. This study opens the possibility that similar patients may benefit from chiropractic care.”

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Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease and Abnormal Spinal Curves Helped with Chiropractic

Can My Neck Pain Be Causing Other Problems? Can Chiropractic Help Chronic Headaches? Can Chiropractic Help GERD?

From the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, comes a case study published on June 26, 2014, documenting the improvement of abnormal posture, neck curvature and Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) from chiropractic care. The authors describe GERD by saying, “Gastroesophageal reflux disease is arguably the most prevalent clinical condition of the gastrointestinal tract. The main symptom is heartburn – a retrosternal burning sensation aggravated by eating, lying down, or increased intraabdominal pressure.”

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease and Abnormal Spinal Curves Helped with Chiropractic AustinThe authors also explain the importance of spinal posture and alignment by noting, “Abnormal posture or any type of spinal misalignment can wreak havoc on the body. Abnormal spinal alignment has been correlated with poor general health, physical function, emotional function, lower back pain and social function. The curves in the spine act as levers, shock absorbers, and as resistance to gravity; they also protect and reduce forces acting on the spinal cord and nerve tissues.”

In this case, a 28-year-old female hair stylist went to a chiropractor’s office complaining of chronic headaches, neck pain, dry skin, GERD, and back pain since she was 15 years old. Her problems all seemed to appear after she was involved in an automobile accident that occurred at that time.

A chiropractic examination including x-rays confirmed the abnormal spinal curves, and a determination was made that spinal subluxations were present. Based on this finding, a course of specific chiropractic care was begun.

The study recorded that after only two months of care, the woman showed postural curve changes towards normal. After two months, her GERD symptoms were reduced to the point where she no longer needed to take any of her medication for this problem. It was also reported that her other problems had improved significantly from her chiropractic care.

For more information and research, please read this health research report on the importance of The Cervical Curve. To see if chiropractic care can help with your headaches, neck pain, or GERD, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule today.

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Reflux Disorder in Infant Resolved with Chiropractic: A Case Report

Can Chiropractic Help With Infant Reflux? Can Chiropractic Help GERD?

A case study published in the May 23, 2014, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health documents the resolution of gastroesophageal reflux disease through chiropractic care. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine website, “Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.”

Reflux Disorder in Infant Resolved with Chiropractic | Austin Peds ChiropractorThe study authors report that a small amount of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is common in infants, occurring in 40 to 60 percent of infant below 12 months. GER generally resolves itself between 6 and 12 months of age and needs no treatment. If GER persists and/or worsens, then it is classified as GERD, in which case, some form of health care is usually sought.

In this case, the mother of a 10-month-old baby boy brought her son to the chiropractor with a medical diagnosis of GERD.  The mother reported that her baby was suffering with frequently interrupted sleep, difficulty feeding, poor appetite, repeated bouts of diarrhea, frequent stomach distention, excessive intestinal gas, occasional regurgitation, and inadequate weight gain. The baby had been medically treated with a variety of medications that did not help.

A chiropractic examination was performed consisting of reflex testing, spinal ranges of motion, neurological testing, abdominal palpation, and palpation of the spine. As a result of the examination, the infant was diagnosed with cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebral subluxations, in addition to the previously diagnosed infantile GERD.

Chiropractic adjustments to correct the diagnosed subluxations were initiated. The baby boy received a total of 13 chiropractic adjustments over a seven-week period. The study recorded that following the course of chiropractic care, the 10-month-old patient had complete resolution of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The baby was able to have uninterrupted sleep, along with complete resolution of regurgitation, and a significant reduction in stomach distention.  It was also noted that he had an improved mood, and no longer had diarrhea with return to normal frequency and quality of bowel movements. He also was able to return to a normal weight.

In their conclusion, the authors wrote, “This case report contributes to the body of scientific literature regarding chiropractic care of infants suffering from GERD.” They give an overview explanation by saying, “Chiropractic focuses on the analysis and correction of vertebral subluxation to allow for proper neurological and physiological functioning to occur, thereby improving quality of life.”

To see if chiropractic care can help with your infant’s reflux or GERD, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule today.

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Baby with Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease Helped with Chiropractic

Can Chiropractic Help With Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease? Can Pediatric Chiropractic Help With GERD?

From the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics comes a case study published in the March 2014 edition that reviews the case of an infant with gastro-esophageal reflux disease improving while under chiropractic care. The author, Dr. Andrew Chuang, a chiropractor in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, notes that prior to this study available literature discussing the use of chiropractic for cases of gastro-esophageal reflux (GER) and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) was sparse with a limited number of case reports showing up in scientific literature.

Baby with Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease Helped with ChiropracticDr. Chuang begins by highlighting the frequency of these problems by reporting, “Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is common during the first year of life, peaking at 4 months of age.” In noting a prior study he writes, “Regurgitation of at least 1 episode per day was reported in half of 0- to 3-month olds.”

In this case, a 4-month-old female infant was brought in for chiropractic care by her mother. According to the infant girl’s mother, her baby had been vomiting after feedings for the past 2 months. A prior visit to her MD yielded a diagnosis of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The medical doctor then recommended the infant be placed on Ranitidine for the condition.  Her mother was hesitant to start her baby on medication at such a young age, and chiropractic care was sought as an alternative.

A physical examination revealed no physical abnormalities in development, except the child had not gained any weight in the past two months. A chiropractic examination which included a postural examination as well as static and dynamic palpation of the spine was performed. From this chiropractic examination, it was determined that the child had multiple subluxations in her neck.

Specific chiropractic care was begun to correct the spinal issues. The mother reported that after the first adjustment, her infant girl had a large bowel movement, and slept for a longer period of time than normal.  The study further noted that over the next 3 weeks both the number of episodes of vomiting and reflux per day decreased, and the number of days with vomiting decreased. After 4 weeks of chiropractic care, the mother reported that her baby was no longer having any episodes of reflux and vomiting.

In his conclusion, Dr. Chuang wrote, “In the case described here a 4-month-old patient’s GERD resolved while under chiropractic care. This study suggests to the possibility that similar patient groups may benefit from chiropractic treatment.”

To see if chiropractic can help your infant with gastro-esophageal reflux disease or to have your entire family checked for the presence of vertebral subluxation, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule today.

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