Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a dysfunction of the lower intestinal tract that affects nearly 30% of Americans. This functional disease is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, bloating, gas, cramping, discomfort, and irregular bowels. Treatment typically consists of medications to combat symptoms, but this rarely addresses the underlying problem.
There is some evidence, however, that dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system contributes to IBS, which means that chiropractic care may be able to help alleviate the condition and its associated symptoms.
The Connection Between Nerves And IBS
Spinal misalignments can impact the nervous system and its’ communication with organs and other body systems. When your spine is aligned it is able to send clear signals from the brain to other parts of the body, allowing each system to do its’ job as nature intended. The intestinal tract is full of nerves. The Vagus Nerve, in particular, controls much of our digestion. When this nerve is pinched or interfered with, nerve function to the digestive system is interrupted and IBS may result.
Reducing nerve interference by restoring proper positioning and function of the Vagus Nerve allows the nervous system to operate as it should, sending proper signals to the digestive system and reducing IBS problems.
Beacon of Life’s Whole Body Focus On Wellness
At Beacon of Life Chiropractic we focus on whole-body health and wellness. Our approach to IBS is to correct spinal subluxations that may interfere with the Vagus Nerve and digestive function and counsel our patients on nutrition and diet. Together, an aligned spine and a well-balanced diet can promote natural healing, eliminate IBS, and restore proper health and function to the body – all without the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications.
If you haven’t had success with conventional medical treatment of IBS or want to reduce your reliance on medication to control your symptoms, give chiropractic care a look. The health of your spinal column and nervous system may be playing a stronger role in your condition than you realize.
Beacon of Life Chiropractic is proud to serve the greater Valley Forge area of Pennsylvania by providing neurologically based, chiropractic care. Come visit us at our office during business hours to see how we can help with your health. Call us at 610-474-2481 to schedule an appointment.