Can Chiropractic Care Help With Constipation?

chiropractic-doctor-lakelandYou normally think of chiropractors as back doctors. But, interestingly, chiropractic care can help with other ailments, such as– get this– constipation.

There’s nothing worse than wanting to eliminate your fecal matter to no avail. Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement less than three times per week; in other words, you’re all plugged up.

Constipation can wear a person out! Constipation can also make your sides hurt. The pain can feel unbearable. If and when you do have a bowel movement, the stools are often hard, dry, small and really hard to eliminate. It’s awful!

Could a chiropractor help cure your constipation? Well, think of it this way: there are probably misalignments in your back that are the source of your discomfort. Perhaps your sacrum has become misaligned, causing the constipation. The sacrum is the triangular bone in the lower back located between the two hipbones of the pelvis. If and when it moves out of alignment, it can press on the nerves connected to a person’s gut. And that person can feel pain in their side and lower back. A spinal adjustment can stop this pain, moving the sacrum back to where it belongs. Then, if all goes well, a person won’t be constipated any longer.

Meanwhile, a chiropractor can offer you some good advice to avoid further constipation, such as drinking enough water, adding high-fiber foods to your diet, avoiding dairy products, and engaging in daily exercise.

Furthermore, chiropractic care helps fix constipation because muscles in the intestine push stool to the anus where it’s supposed to leave the body, right? In your intestine there are “ganglion nerve cells” which make those muscles push the stool. These nerve cells are connected to your spinal cord and your brain through nerve roots which exit the spine in your lower thoracic/upper lumbar region. A chiropractor can relieve the pressure on these nerve roots by realigning your vertebrae. When this happens, your bowel and other organs of the digestive system get back to good working order.

Though you may be skeptical that chiropractic care can help with constipation issues, consider giving it a try to see what happens. Call 863-940-3444 to make an appointment at New City Chiropractic for your Chiropractic Doctor Lakeland.