Chiropractic Care for Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a digestive disorder that, according to WebMD, impacts the lives of 15 percent of the population in the United States. If you suffer from IBS, chiropractic care may be a natural and drug-free alternative to help you find relief.

The Symptoms of IBS

There are several symptoms of IBS. These symptoms include:

  • Disturbance of bowel function
  • Chronic stomach pain
  • Urgent diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation

What Causes IBS?

Medical experts consider IBS to be a functional disorder meaning that it is caused by a malfunction in the way the intestines work. The tricky part about IBS is that it doesn’t present any tissue damage or visible disease process, which can make it difficult to diagnose.

Stress is one of the biggest factors in IBS. Research hasn’t been able to pinpoint the exact relationship between stress and IBS, but other research has shown there is a connection between your brain and your gut.

How Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic care helps to repair the function of the central nervous system, which is comprised of your brain and spinal cord. Your brain is the master organ of your entire body, so chances are if something is going wrong then it can be traced back to the central nervous system. If you’re having a problem with your gut, the problem could very well be originating from the central nervous system and its inability to get signals through to the rest of the body through the spinal cord. This is where chiropractic care can help.

When you see your chiropractor for treatment of IBS, they will do chiropractic adjustments to help remove subluxations in your spine that could be interfering with the signals between your brain and your gut. This will also help to boost your immune system, which can also make a difference in the severity of your symptoms. Nutritional and lifestyle counseling may also be implemented in order to address every facet of the disorder and also to treat you as a whole person, not just a walking disorder. Your chiropractor may also be able to give you common sense suggestions to help you reduce and relieve stress in your life that could be contributing to your problems with IBS.

If you have questions about how chiropractic treatment may be able to help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, you should talk to your doctor of chiropractic during you next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic. 

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