Chiropractic adjustments may help indigestion

April 16, 2013

Although chiropractic adjustments have mainly been viewed as a therapy for musculoskeletal complaints, there have been some published studies as well as countless anecdotal accounts of adjustments helping a wide range of complaints.  In 2009, the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology published a study examining the effects of chiropractic adjustments on dyspepsia (indigestion, upset stomach).  Eighty-three patients with digestive pain of more than 2 years duration were selected.  They underwent chiropractic spinal manipulation and soft tissue techniques.  (1) 71% of the patients reported an improvement, (2) 29% remained unchanged, (3) 45% reduced their use of dyspepsia drugs, and (4) none reported any worsening of symptoms.  Wow!  According to the authors, this study "... seem to indicate that chiropractic management can have a highly significant positive impact on gastro-esophageal reflux disorder symptoms, with the majority of patients reporting decreased frequency and severity of symptoms and many being able to reduce or eliminate their requirement for medication.”   


Chiropractic Manual Intervention in Chronic Adult Dyspepsia. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol April 2009, 21:482–486

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