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Chiropractic Care Can Provide Relief from IBS

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common occurrence that affects over 55 million Americans. While it seems to affect mostly women, it can be a problem for both men and women alike. IBS is a disease in which the bowels function abnormally, causing symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, gas, and irregular bowel movements. Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease all have similar symptoms relating to bowel function, but have different factors making them separate health issues. IBS may be among the least severe of bowel problems, but it affects daily life nonetheless.

Spinal Health Affects IBS

Cases of IBS can range from mild constipation to instances of severe constipation and alternating diarrhea. What most people don’t recognize is that spinal health could be a contributing factor to IBS symptoms. The central nervous system, made up of the brain and spinal cord, are responsible for nerve communication throughout the body to ensure proper function. When a part of the body isn’t functioning correctly, such as the bowels in the instance of IBS, it is often directly related to a misalignment of the spine. Thankfully, a Franklin chiropractor can remove spinal misalignments, improving spinal health and reducing IBS-related issues.

Chiropractic Removes Nerve Interference

A gentle adjustment from Franklin chiropractor Dr. Devan Arman can remove nerve interference that is caused by a spinal misalignment to improve spinal and overall health. Misalignments of the spine disrupt proper nerve communication, thus causing decreased function of the body’s systems. Most medical doctors agree that nerve interference is the primary cause of IBS symptoms, and chiropractors are the best individuals to correct this problem. IBS could be the result of a spinal misalignment, specifically in the upper lumbar system, which is responsible for digestive function. In fact, doctors have found lumbar misalignments in almost every patient with IBS. A visit to Dr. Devan Arman of Unity Chiropractic can safely remove the misalignment, restoring digestive function once again.

Others Have Found Relief with Chiropractic Care

Case studies have been done to show that consistent chiropractic care is indeed a natural and effective method for offering relief from IBS. One study examined individuals with Crohn’s Disease, a similar but more severe digestive disease than IBS. The study found that nerve compression caused significant problems for the digestive system, including how foods and liquids were absorbed. Each person in the study was found to have a spinal subluxation. After a gentle chiropractic adjustment to remove subluxations, every person saw an improvement in or even remission of Crohn’s symptoms. Another case study involved a 32-year-old woman with IBS symptoms and anxiety and depression. After 10 years of suffering, she sought chiropractic care. After just one adjustment, she experienced a solid, normal bowel movement. Under the regular care of a chiropractor, her symptoms of IBS as well as anxiety and depression were resolved, showing that chiropractic care not only relieves IBS symptoms but promotes overall health and wellness also. If you or someone you love is tired of living with IBS, contact Dr. Devan Arman of Unity Chiropractic and experience relief from uncomfortable digestive problems.


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