Hiatal Hernia Treatment at Dubin Holistic Chiropractic Center
Is it just something you ate, or is it a major heart attack -- or is it something else entirely? If you're suffering from abdominal pain and other disturbing digestive symptoms, you may, in fact, have a common affliction known as a hiatal hernia. This condition can mimic more serious conditions, and it can even cause emergencies of its own in the most acute cases. Fortunately, you may be able to resolve your hiatal hernia issues without surgery, thanks to the natural treatment techniques available at Dubin Holistic Chiropractic Center in Thousand Oaks.
What Is a Hiatal Hernia?
A hiatal hernia is a bulge in your stomach that occurs when the topmost part of the stomach pokes through your diaphragm. The diaphragm has a small hole in it known as the hiatus which allows the esophagus to deliver food to the stomach beneath. In some people, this hole may be a little too large, permitting the upper part of the stomach to travel up into it. Age and obesity are other factors in hiatal hernia development. You may have what's known as a "sliding" hiatal hernia, in which the stomach and esophagus move upward and downward through the hiatus, or you may have a paraesophageal hiatal hernia in which the top of the stomach takes up residence in the hiatus. Hiatal hernias cause reflux symptoms such as:
- Chest pain, from mild discomfort to acute pain which may mimic a heart attack
- Abdominal pain
- Breathing problems
- Regurgitation or vomiting
In the worst-case scenario, a paraesophageal hiatal hernia may become strangulated. This is a medical emergency because the loss of blood supply can kill the tissues.
Non-Surgical Relief From Your Thousand Oaks Chiropractor
While an extremely large or strangulated hernia may call for surgical repair, many hiatal hernia causes respond quite well to conservative treatment measures. Here at Dubin Holistic Chiropractic Center, our chiropractor can employ a coupe of different approaches to ease your symptoms. The first of these involves a manipulation procedure called a "pull-down." We can simply massage the stomach back down into its normal position, relieving the herniation and its associated symptoms. You may also benefit from chiropractic adjustments or other manipulations that relieve pressure on the thoracic nerves or vagus nerve (which directly affects upper abdominal and digestive function).
Suffering from Hiatal Hernia Pain? Contact Our Clinic Today
If you think that your chronic or recurring symptoms may indicate a hiatal hernia, get the relief you seek without resorting to surgery. Call our Thousand Oaks clinic today at (805) 468-4437 so we can evaluate your treatment and provide non-invasive treatment.