An estimated one in five adults, 75% are women, suffer from IBS at some point during their lives.
IBS symptoms typically include diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and nausea and headaches. Certain foods often trigger pain, such as wheat, caffeine, dairy products and citrus. Emotional stress is also an important factor to trigger this disorder as well as diet and medications. The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but scientists believe that the problem is interference of the nervous system which is connected to the digestive tract.
Although medications are often prescribed to counteract digestive problems, clinical studies indicate alternative treatments such as chiropractic stress relief is a non-medicinal way to reap the same benefits. In addition, many of the prescribed drugs have dangerous side effects. That is why physicians are beginning to encourage patients with IBS to consider natural alternatives before turning to medication.
Scientists in Denmark speculate that the link comes from the nervous system because the nerves that innervates the intestines emerge from the spinal cord between the vertebrae. If the spine is misaligned, the nerves transmit messages that affect the intestines.
Researchers compared 28 healthy control subjects and 39 individuals with upper abdominal pain:
72% of patients reported back pain compared to 17% of control participants. Physical examination of the spine revealed spinal abnormalities in 22% of these patients
When treating patients with IBS, chiropractors correct a specific type of vertebral abnormality called vertebral subluxations. Vertebral subluxations occur when the bones, also called the vertebrae, are misaligned and spinal movement is restricted.
Chiropractic stress relief corrects and prevents vertebral subluxations when gentle pressure is applied and the spine is adjusted. Scientific studies show that both therapies can effectively correct vertebral subluxations.
In addition to chiropractic stress relief and the adjustments made, chiropractors also provide their patients with advice on diet, nutrition and lifestyle. Here are a few:
- Practicing relaxation techniques.The first thing to do to end the daily emotional stress. Breathing exercises are particularly effective in relieving gastrointestinal discomfort.
- Fill up the fibers. Eating oatmeal for breakfast, mix psyllium powder with water or juice, and instead of eating bread, rice or white pasta, eat grain varieties whole to include fiber in your diet (Warning: some patients with IBS are sensitive to wheat and other gluten-containing grains)
- Peppermint. Scientific studies indicate that peppermint oil is a very effective remedy for digestive discomfort. Use peppermint tea if you suffer from upper gastrointestinal problems (but if you have problems with the lower digestive tract, choose capsules of peppermint oil)
Studies are proving that patients are successfully turning to chiropractic stress relief as a solution for a wide range of common illnesses.