The most common digestive complain in the US is constipation. Over 4 million people complain of frequent constipation which equates to just over 2% of the population outnumbering all other chronic digestive problems. This includes both adults and children.
Why does Constipation Happen?
Chiropractic can help with constipation, especially adjustments to the lower spine (lumbar). The muscles in the body push stool through to the anus. This process is referred to as peristalsis. In order for this to happen, the muscles need to work in a cascade effect through special nerve cells called ganglion cells. These ganglion cells run directly to the celiac ganglion.
This grouping of nerves also innervate all other organs in the adjacent area. These organs are the stomach, intestines, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and spleen that make up the digestive and urinary tracts. This celiac ganglion then connects to the spinal cord and ultimately the brain. If there is a disconnect somewhere in there, then peristalsis is not able to properly occur and a buildup occurs.
Other causes can be if you are very dehydrated and eating lots of processed foods which lack the amount of fiber you should be consuming each day.
What to do About it
To help with the constipation, you should consult a doctor to see what other causes may be. Firstly you should be getting enough fruit, vegetables, and water in your diet. Most Americans fall short on the amount of fiber they consume in a day so making sure you balance fiber, water intake and exercise can help prevent constipation. If these do not help then chiropractic might be the key for you.
Chiropractic can help to correct what was listed as the cause above. When your vertebra are misaligned in your spine, it can cause tension and stress on these nerves in our body. By removing that interference of the vertebral subluxations, we are able to help the body function how it was designed to do. As a doctor of chiropractic, I am trained to find and eliminate those subluxations to help the body heal itself.
In 2018, a study was published in the Journal of Subluxation Research among many others listed. The study showed chiropractic help in the resolution of enuresis (bed wetting), constipation, and dysautonomia (involuntary dysfunction of autonomic nerves). Although the study was shown over a 7 month span, the first adjustment to the sacrum and pelvis ended the enuresis for 3 consecutive nights and multiple bowel movements.
Since the bladder and intestines are controlled by the same set of nerves, you can see how removing this stress can help restore the function to those organs.
If you or anyone you know suffers from constipation, please get checked out by your chiropractor to see if they can help. If you are close to us, please click the link below to schedule your first assessment.
Yours in Health,