Chiropractor Care for Hiatal Hernia
Get Pain Relief from Hiatal Hernia with Safe and Holistic Chiropractic Care
Learn about hiatal Hernia and how renowned Your Houston Chiropractor, Dr. Gregory Johnson, of the Your Houston Chiropractor has been helping patients with hiatal hernia in Houston area for over three decades with safe, non-surgical and highly-effective chiropractic maneuvers and care.
What is Hiatal Hernia?
Hiatal Hernia is a health condition where part of the stomach protrudes up into the chest area through a small opening, called the esophageal hiatus, in the diaphragm muscle. Esophagus is the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. Hiatal hernia is the condition when a part of the stomach pushes up through the hiatus, which leads to painful problems such as acid reflux and heartburn.
Causes of Hiatal Hernia?
Causes of hiatal hernia are not known, but it is considered that weakened diaphragm muscles is the main reason for developing hiatal hernia. There are people who are born with weak diaphragm muscles and children with hiatal hernia are usually born with the condition. Then, there are some people who suffer from hiatal hernia as a result of an injury in the diaphragm or stomach area. Pregnancy can also cause hiatal hernia.
Who Suffers from Hiatal Hernia?
Hiatal hernia is a very common condition and usually occurs in women and older adults aged 40 or older. Studies have revealed that by age 60, up to 60% of individuals will may some from hiatal hernia.
Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia
A very common symptom of hiatal hernia is pain due to heartburn that usually occurs after consuming a large meal at night a few hours before sleep. Lying on the back right after a meal cause the stomach content to flow back up, causing hiccups, stomach pain, chest pain or discomfort. A more serious and more painful symptoms are felt when the hiatal hernia comes with acid reflux or heart burn, which can often be relieved with over the counter antacids. However, if symptoms persists and left untreated, this may cause esophagitis, an inflammation that may damage the tissues of the esophagus.
More severe symptoms of hiatal hernia include difficulty swallowing, vomiting blood, dark stool, palpitations or increased heartbeat, dizziness or light headedness, coughing and fever and shortness of breath. In case you feel these symptoms, please seek immediate medical help. In case of severe case of hiatal hernia, chiropractic care may not be sufficient and surgical treatment may be needed.
Self-Help Care for Hiatal Hernia
For temporary relief from painful symptoms of hiatal hernia, avoid eating four hours before sleeping at night and to lay on the left side with the head slightly elevated. Also, eating a healthy portion will help relieve symptoms of hiatal hernia.
Chiropractic Care for Hiatal Hernia
Initial chiropractic care with Dr. Johnson, Your Houston Chiropractor, involves determining if there is any nerve in the stomach that’s being impeded by the hiatal hernia. If Dr. Johnson finds any nerve interference in the stomach, he will plan for chiropractic care that will correct, remove or manage the nerve interference or remove any nerve impedance. There are specific chiropractic maneuvers that Dr. Johnson uses to manually correct the herniated stomach back to its normal location. Through holistic, gentle and non-invasive chiropractic care, patients can avoid the costly and risky surgical intervention and medications that only provides temporary pain relief without addressing the cause of hiatal hernia. After completing the chiropractic adjustments for hiatal hernia, Dr. Johnson will provide proper exercises to help strengthen the abdominal muscles to keep the hiatal hernia from re-occurring.
Chiropractic Care Can Help with Hiatal Hernia
If you, or someone you know, is suffering from hiatal hernia in Houston TX, contact our office to find out if chiropractic care is right for you. Dr. Gregory Johnson has helped patients with hiatal hernia. Click on Contact Us to schedule a hiatal hernia consultation at Your Houston Chiropractor.