Of the numerous health benefits of seeing a chiropractor, people tend to be the most surprised by it’s role in helping to improve indigestion and other gastrointestinal issues.

Chiropractic adjustments help ensure that the systems of the body are functioning in harmony. The spine protects the spinal cord which is responsible for carrying nerve signals both to and from the brain. This is how your body communicates. When the spine is out of alignment, it can negatively impact the communication system of your body. The nerve responsible for sending signals to your digestive organs is housed in the neck region of the spine. Further, very important nerves located in the lower back help determine the rate of digestion. If the spine is out of alignment, it may irritate these essential nerves, stopping their communication to the brain and preventing digestion from being carried out as it should. Chiropractic care has been shown to improve chronic constipation, bloating and abdominal pain among other digestive issues.

Many people look to medications such as antacids to help the inconvenient symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders. While these medications do quickly help ease your symptoms, they do not aid in fixing the cause of your irregular digestion or help to prevent future digestive issues. Chiropractic care on the other hand, addresses the root cause of the problem in a natural way and can help to prevent problems in the future. A chiropractor can also provide nutrition advice to help you make sure that the digestive system stays in tact after the adjustments are made. Ensuring that you have appropriate amounts of fiber and water in your diet will be essential in the upkeep of a healthy digestive system.

As you can see, a chiropractor is concerned with so much more than simply reducing your back pain. When the spine is misaligned, it can be near impossible for the digestive organs to function optimally. Because of this, when paired with a balanced diet and regular exercise, chiropractic care is an excellent choice to both help treat and prevent future gastrointestinal issues.