Gastroparesis is a digestive disorder where food remains in the stomach for an unusual length of time.
When this occurs, it can lead to a wide array of symptoms such as acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach pain, heartburn, and cramps.
But gastroparesis is more than just an inconvenience, as it can cause more severe health problems if left untreated.
The digestive system is designed to move food in a quick and efficient manner.
When food remains in the stomach, it can lead to undernourishment and other related problems.
The digestive system depends on the vagus nerve to tell the stomach muscles when to contract and push food through to the intestines.
It is common for people with gastroparesis to lack this muscle-contracting behavior, which subsequently results in a backup of food inside the stomach.
Like most nerves inside the body, the vagus nerve may become injured from physical trauma, compression, or dislocation.
Gastroparesis may also occur as a result of small stomach muscle function. This is especially prevalent in cases where the stomach muscles sustain an injury.
Normally, these muscles are responsible for moving food from the stomach into the intestines. If the muscles are damaged, they may not be able to execute this function.
Fortunately, professional Chiropractors can often treat digestive disorders such as gastroparesis.
If a compressed vagus nerve is the cause of your gastroparesis, a Chiropractor may be able to guide it back into place through a course of manual manipulations.
It’s a fast and straightforward process similar to a massage, as the Chiropractor attempts to manipulate the vagus nerve back to its original position.
Once repositioned, the symptoms will begin to abate.
Of course, no two cases of gastroparesis are the same. As such, treatment options may vary from client to client.
Talk to your Chiropractor about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing so he or she can provide the best treatment possible.
If you suffer from gastroparesis, give us a call at 770-383-1435