Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Chiropractic Care

A misalignment which can cause your spine to malfunction may be the root of your IBS. Chiropractic care can help resolve this issue.

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Hi, it’s Dr. Troy here, Chiropractic for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Patients ask can chiropractic help with IBS? The answer is, it depends. It depends on what the cause is. A lot of IBS is diet related. A lot of people have to restrict their food intake for different foods because it really wreaks havoc on their digestive system. They may see constipation, they may see bouts of diarrhea.

So, first of all as a chiropractor, we look at what controls the bowel function. You have to look directly at the central nerve system. So when we look at the autonomic nerves, which is what regulates and what controls all your organs, all your digestive functions, and all your immune functions. Everything is controlled from your squash down through the chords and the nerves that come off innervate and control everything.

So if we are looking at the bowels, especially the large intestine and small intestine, if there is an interference in the communication signals to the bowels and then back to the brain, you could get symptoms very similar to irritable bowel syndrome.

That’s the first thing we look at, are the bones in alignment, are the joints functioning properly?  Because if they’re not, they’re going to create a neurological disconnect that weakens the functionality of your internal system, which could cause things like constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel. I have seen many patients do better when they get regular adjustments to help clear out the nerve system and get their body functioning well.

There’s a lot of nutritional things you can do, there is a lot of detox that you can do to help. But, from a chiropractic standpoint, the first thing we look at is – is the spine out of alignment, interfering with the central nerve system and affecting the way your body is functioning.

How do we check for that? We do an examination, consultation, sometimes we take radiographs or x-rays to see if there is a misalignment, to see if there is degeneration. How long has the spine been malfunctioning? Is there disc degeneration? Sometimes we can do an MRI to see if there is nerve root involvement. And there are certain protocols for correcting those things. Whether it’s spinal adjustment, massage, nutritional support, spinal decompression.

These are all things we have seen improve under chiropractic care here at Zenaptic.

So if you’re interested in a consultation, call our office and one of the doctors on the team would be happy to help to see if it would be right for you.

This is Dr. Troy from Vancouver, Washington.