Digestive Disorder

Digestive disorders can be painful, uncomfortable and sometimes even embarrassing.

The most common digestive disorders we see in practice fall into the category of either Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), food intolerances or Hiatus Hernia.  Each of these can result in significant abdominal discomfort and usually require medical assessment with your general physician or gastroenterologist to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other causes.

At Simply Health, our chiropractors will discuss your diet and nutrition as a part of your assessment.  If required, we may recommend further testing or advice from a dietician or naturopath.

How can chiropractic help with digestive disorders?

People with digestive problems will often show pelvic, spinal and chest wall/rib imbalance that may lead to abdominal pain. Chiropractic care is about addressing these functional imbalances along with encouraging a sound and healthy diet. Chiropractic may help in the treatment of:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

About 1 in 5 Australians will experience IBS at some stage in their lives.  It typically presents as bloating with fluctuating constipation our diarrhoea. IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion, so conditions such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis need to be ruled out with appropriate medical testing.

Food Allergy

True food allergy (IgE mediated response) typically occurs within just a few minutes of exposure to just a tiny amount of the offending food. The response is typically dramatic and may even cause anaphylaxis. Peanuts and eggs are common food groups that cause these types of allergies.

Food Intolerance

Food intolerance (IgG mediated response) on the other hand, is harder to determine because the response is less dramatic and therefore not easily identified as being from a food source.  Wheat and dairy appear to be common offenders in this group. Feeling tired, bloated and a ‘foggy’ brain, have all been described as possible symptoms of food intolerance.

Hiatus Hernia

Hiatus hernia occurs when a valve at the top of the stomach does not close correctly.  This allows part of the stomach to squeeze through the diaphragm and move up into the chest.  This predisposes the individual to gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD).

Want to know how more about how chiropractic can help?

We are happy to discuss any questions you have on digestive disorders. Book an appointment below to schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors who will be able to provide you an appropriate treatment plan for your needs. We also invite you to take our Free Spinal Check to understand how your spine may be affecting your health and whether chiropractic is a suitable treatment for your condition.