Irritable Bowel Syndrome – or IBS as it is sometimes referred – is a common disorder that affects the large intestine, or colon. It commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhea and constipation.

While its not completely known what causes irritable bowel syndrome, it is believed to stem from an abnormal movement of food through the intestines. The walls of the intestines are lined with layers of muscle that relax and contract as they move food from your stomach through your intestinal tract.can chiropractic help irritable bowel syndrome Can Chiropractic Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

If you have IBS, the contractions may be stronger and last longer than normal. Because food is forced through the process quicker than normal, it causes the feeling of being bloated, causes gas, or diarrhea.

Or in some cases, the opposite occurs. Contractions are weaker and are shorter than normal, meaning food stays within your system longer. When food moves slower, it causes cramping and constipation.

Many of these abnormalities are also believed to be cause by abnormalities in your nervous system as well, which will cause discomfort as your abdomen stretches from gas.

Women are twice as likely to have IBS, and researchers believe this may be due to hormonal changes in a woman’s body. Many women find their symptoms go up or are worse during and around their menstrual periods. It is also impacted by certain types of foods – for instance milk and alcohol may cause diarrhea or constipation. Still others find their symptoms increase when they are in a stressful situation.

Obvious ways of reducing the effects of IBS are to lower your stress levels, and watch what you eat. If you find somethings impacts you, reduce that in your daily diet.

Traditional doctors may point you to treatments that focus on relief of the symptoms rather than getting to the root of the problem. Some treatments may include anti-diarrhea drugs, anticholinergic drugs, and even anti-depressants. Bear in mind that drugs always have their own set of side effects, some fatal, so beware before you approach these methods.

From a more natural standpoint, I prefer to work with my clients in a number of ways. Proper diet, stress management and chiropractic care can all help change the way you live your daily life. Proper diet can include eliminating any foods that are causing sensitivity, as well as increasing food rich in fiber. A good probiotic can introduce friendly bacteria into your digestive tract, helping reduce the harmful bacteria that’s already there.

And chiropractic care can focus in on the movement between your nervous sytem and your digestive system. Most medical doctors will tell you that with IBS there is a dysfunction in the muscles of your intestines that cause food to move to quickly or too slow. This movement is controlled by your parasympathetic nervous system. These nerves leave your spine in your lower back and go down to your intestines. If there is a problem with your lower back, it can impact how the intestinal muscles function.

If you’re ready to try something new for your IBS symptoms, give us a call today.

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