Acid reflux is no fun to deal with. The medication taken to help care for it can actually cause more harm in the long run. In fact, the journal called Circulation contained an article about protein pump inhibitors (PPIs). These are the drugs taken to help reduce acid reflux. It includes such drugs as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid. The article pointed out that PPIs can cause your blood vessels to narrow which leads to high blood pressure and weakening of the heart.
Would you be surprised to learn that 1 out every 14 people in the United States is prescribed one of these drugs? This causes sales to run into the $13 million range annually. PPIs are the third most prescribed drug in America. Many people are looking for a more natural solution, but it’s hard to know which ones really work. Before deciding on care, it’s important to know how acid reflux occurs.
Acid Reflux and the Neck
It may be hard to imagine, but research points to the fact that acid reflux may be due to a previous head or neck trauma. How is this possible? Well, things like vehicle accidents, tripping and falling, sports injuries, trauma at birth, or other injuries can occur to anyone at any time. When this happens, the end result may be acid reflux. Why?
The bones at the top of the spine, the C1 and C2 vertebrae, were designed to protect the brainstem. If you have been injured and the bones misalign, they can put stress on the brainstem, causing it to malfunction. This can negatively affect the nervous system, impacting a number of bodily functions. The result is the lower esophageal sphincter muscle is not getting enough nerve supply to perform at its peak, resulting acid reflux. Dr. G. Gutmann discovered this to be a problem as far back as the 1960s. Modern-day research supports his findings.
Correcting the misalignment can improve the situation, however. Using a gentle method, upper cervical chiropractors can coax the misaligned bone to move back into its proper place. This often helps the problem of acid reflux along with other serious health issues.
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