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Acid Reflux (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) (also known as acid reflux) is a digestive disorder consisting of reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus, according to Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy,. The acid reflux occurs when the sphincter tone adapts inadequately to changes in abdominal pressure or as a result of transient relaxations of the lower esophageal sphincter, according to the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms in infants and children with gastroesopahageal reflux disease (GERD):

  • frequent vomiting
  • poor weight gain
  • persistent irritability
  • regurgitation
  • hematemesis
  • anemia
  • persistent cough
  • recurrent ear infections

“The incidence of GERD in infancy has been estimated at approximately 18% and becomes more common as children become older. One possibly for this may be due to the ability of the older patient to report symptoms more accurately.”
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Chiropractic and Acid Reflux
Chiropractic adjustments do not treat acid reflux. We look to see if nerve disturbance is present in the spinal column in our chiropractic office. Infants and children may have stress and tension on the nerves that supply the esophagus and stomach. The function of the nerves typically decreases if these nerves are under increased stress and tension. A trained pediatric chiropractor will find the area of the spine with stress (misalignment/subluxation), and gently adjust the vertebrae. The chiropractic adjustment increases the function of the nerve system. The nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the brain and body. When the body and nervous system are functioning at its most optimal level, the body is able to adapt to stress and typically there is a reduction of symptoms.

In one case study, a 3 month old with medically-diagnosed GERD was treated with chiropractic adjustments and craniosacral therapy. After four patient visits consisting of the chiropractic adjustment and craniosacral therapy, symptoms of GERD were significantly decreased and patient exhibited total resolution of symptoms within approximately three months of care. Infants and children suffering from acid reflux (GERD) may benefit from chiropractic care. 
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