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Irritable Bowel Syndrome and NUCCA

woman in bed sickIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects approximately 58 million people in the US alone. This makes IBS even more prevalent than other common conditions such as migraines or asthma. What is irritable bowel syndrome, and why may upper cervical chiropractic care help provide relief? Read on to learn more.

What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

IBS is a term used to refer to a group of digestive symptoms that can range from abdominal pain to diarrhea or constipation. Patients are grouped into 4 categories based on symptoms. IBS is often associated with other chronic health conditions such as fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, TMJ dysfunction, and more.

An Upper Cervical Case Study

A study was conducted in 2013 involving a 32-year-old woman suffering from IBS along with anxiety and depression. Stress was one of the major factors that increased symptoms. After upper cervical chiropractic care had been used to correct an upper cervical misalignment, the patient saw the complete resolution of her bowel symptoms and her depression and anxiety improved.

NUCCA and Digestive Disorders

Upper Cervical Chiropractic approaches such as NUCCA have frequently been able to help those suffering with irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders. There are several reasons why this is likely taking place. One important connection is with the vagus nerve. A nerve that begins in the brainstem region where the upper neck can be misaligned. This nerve is responsible for the function of many internal organs including the digestive system. Misalignments in the upper neck can interfere with the function of the vagus nerve and lead to chronic digestive disorders that have no other explanation.

Another connection can be related to blood flow. A misaligned upper cervical spine can affect blood flow to and from the brain. Some research has connected this to digestive problems such as IBS. Therefore, correcting the misalignment may be the first step in relieving the symptoms.

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