Do you suffer from the A-B-C-Ds?
If so, you might be one of the 30% of Canadians suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (also known as IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). It can begin in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood and can resolve unexpectedly for periods throughout an individual’s lifespan, recurring at any age.
Most people can control their IBS symptoms by managing their diet, lifestyle and stress levels. However, those with more severe symptoms may require medication and counselling.
What Triggers IBS?
Your intestinal walls are lined with layers of muscle that contract and relax in a rhythm as they move food from your stomach to your rectum. If you have irritable bowel syndrome, contractions may be stronger and last longer than normal, causing gas, bloating and diarrhea. Or they may be weaker, slowing food contractions slowing food passage and leading to hard, dry stools. It’s not known exactly what causes this to occur, but there are notable IBS triggers.
Triggers vary from person to person. The Mayo Clinic lists these four common triggers on their website:
- Dietary Choices. Food allergies and intolerances can trigger IBS symptoms.
- Stress. Most people with IBS find that their signs and symptoms are worse or more frequent during periods of increased stress.
- Hormones. Because women are twice as likely to have IBS, researchers believe that hormonal changes play a role in this condition. Many women find that signs and symptoms are worse during or around their menstrual periods.
- Other illnesses. Sometimes another illness, such as an acute episode of infectious diarrhea (gastroenteritis) or too many bacteria in the intestines (bacterial overgrowth), can trigger IBS.
Can Chiropractic Care Help IBS?
Spinal misalignments can do more than just cause back or neck pain. A misaligned vertebra can impact breathing, cause headaches, and even effect digestion.
A 2012 study evaluated the clinical effect of spinal manipulation (adjustments) in treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) compared with medication.
The study showed that displacement of vertebra in the thoracolumbar spine can indeed negatively impact the function of the digestive system.
Therefore, correcting spinal misalignment and resolving abnormal stimuli caused by pressure exerted on the nervous system is, according to the authors of the study, “an effective treatment for IBS”.
Though not all IBS cases may be due to a spinal misalignment, those suffering should get checked out by a chiropractor in order to be sure. If you suffer from IBS book a consultation with one of our chiropractors today by clicking here!
Qu L., et al. Irritable bowel syndrome treated by traditional Chinese spinal orthopedic manipulation. J Tradit Chin Med. Dec 2012; 32(4):565-70.