Background: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also referred to as acid reflux, is a chronic digestive disease. A hiatal hernia is when part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm. Each of these conditions lead to what is commonly referred to as heartburn - an aggravating condition which generally passes but left untreated can create enduring complications.
Signs or Symptoms: Heartburn, pain on swallowing, tooth enamel decay, gingivitis, bad breath, throat soreness, hoarseness and laryngitis.
Causes: Incomplete digestion leading to putrefaction from bacteria and other pathogens. Weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Restriction and weakening of the diaphragm via thoracic vertebrae subluxation and rib fixations. Hiatal hernia. Overuse of antacids or ibuprofen.
Standard treatment: Antacids, medications and surgery in severe cases.
Applied Kinesiology Approach: Full evaluation of the nervous system to determine factors that cause incomplete digestion. Imbalances in the normal acid – alkaline systems of the body are also evaluated and, if uncovered, corrective measures are taken. Normalize the mechanics of the skeletal structures that influence the movement of the diaphragm. Visceral manipulation of the stomach. Nutritional support to improve digestion and reduce inflammation of the damaged tissues. Lifestyle modifications are suggested to reduce exacerbating the condition.