Hiatal Hernia FAQs

If you have recently been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, you may be wondering if Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option. Below, our Chiropractor in Houston answers five of our patients’ most frequently asked questions about hiatal hernias, acid reflux, and Chiropractic treatments.

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Hiatal Hernia pain
A hiatal hernia is a medical condition in which part of the stomach sticks upwards into the chest due to an opening in the diaphragm. The stomach bulge occurs dues to weakened muscle tissues. Normally, the esophagus passes through an opening in the diaphragm, known as the hiatus. When the muscles weaken around this opening, a hiatal hernia forms, allows the stomach to extend through the diaphragm and into the chest cavity. Medical professionals do not fully understand yet what causes this tissue to weaken. However, current research indicates that pressure on the stomach muscles may be a contributing factor.
Hiatal hernia symptoms include chest pain, heartburn that worsens when bending over or lying down, and difficulty swallowing. Most individuals rarely experience pain from the hiatal hernia itself; the pain and discomfort they experience instead are due to acid reflux and the upward flow of stomach acid/bile. Chiropractic care can help address these symptoms.
The goal of Chiropractic treatment is to relieve symptoms, prevent complications and to better manage the underlying factors that are triggering these health problems in the first place. Our Chiropractor in Houston works closely with each patient to create a custom treatment plan for subluxation which can be related to a hiatal hernia that combines Chiropractic adjustments with lifestyle counseling. Chiropractic adjustments also make it easier for our patients to engage in regular physical activity, which is important for maintaining a healthy weight, a primary risk factor associated with hiatal hernias.
Dietary choices are the most common trigger for hiatal hernias. If your diet contains certain trigger foods associated with acid reflux, for example, these foods can be aggravating the hiatal hernia. Examples of acid reflux trigger foods include citrus fruits like grapefruit, tomatoes, spicy foods, chili, garlic, onion, and foods high in fat. Caffeine and alcohol can also trigger acid reflux. Our Chiropractor in Houston recommends avoiding larger or heavy meals and bending over or lying down after a meal. Additionally, being overweight or obese increases the risk for developing a hiatal hernia. Our Chiropractor can help you create a nutrition and lifestyle plan to support healthy dietary habits and long-term weight loss.
Maintaining proper spinal alignment is critical to good digestive health. When the spine is properly aligned, it forms a strong foundation to support the body, enhancing whole body health. Our Chiropractor in Houston understands that every patient faces unique health needs. We recommend a Chiropractic evaluation to identify the underlying triggers for health problems and create a custom treatment plan.

To learn more about hiatal hernia treatment, contact our Chiropractor at 281-405-2611.