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The Digestion Connection

woman sitting on bed holding her stomach in painYears ago, Dr. Mike discovered the important connection between digestion and chiropractic care. When his son was 3 years old, he began having digestive issues that led to him not going to the bathroom as frequently as he should have.

After suspecting a case of pediatric scoliosis, the decision was made to do an x-ray of his son’s spine and the problem was right in front of him – his chiropractor, Dr James, noticed a big curvature of the lumbar spine. This is important because we know that the nerves that exit that area supply the entire digestive system.

After a specific adjustment to C1 at the top of his neck, the digestive issues his son experienced began to decrease as his overall function improved. Adjustments to C1 are important for gut function because this is the area of the spine where the Vagus nerve exits; the Vagus nerve supplies the entire digestive system with parasympathetic innervation – this is vital for proper gut motility and movement.

The Vagus nerve helps to manage very complex processes in the body – especially relating to the gut and muscles of the gut. Just like Dr. Mike’s son, lots of patients he welcomes regularly suffer from the same digestive issues due to their body being stuck in a stress response caused by Vagus nerve dysfunction. This can result in a number of symptoms, including:

  • IBS
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Constipation
  • Autoimmune issues
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Brain fog
  • and more…

Getting Help With Focused Adjustments

If you’re struggling with any of the symptoms mentioned above, we’d love to help you find out if the cause is rooted in your spine. When you visit us for an appointment, we’ll start by doing a consultation to get your history. We’ll then do a postural and neurological assessment, a thorough examination and we’ll finish with taking motion study x-rays of your spine to help us find exactly where your issues could be. If we find a structural deviation, degeneration or arthritis we’ll discuss the best plan for moving forward that involves gentle, focused chiropractic care.

Learn more about your options today!


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