Although constipation is a symptom that just about everyone experiences at some point in time, most people are uncomfortable talking to a doctor about their bowel problems. However, serious health conditions can occur if constipation is left untreated. While most cases of constipation stem from not eating enough fibre, lack of exercise or not drinking enough liquids, some constipation problems are linked to the nervous system. Chiropractic care is a common constipation treatment, especially when nerve cells are the root cause.
What Defines Constipation
A person who has a bowel movement less than three times a week is considered constipated. In addition, stools are hard, small and dry, making them difficult to pass through the anal canal. Many people who are constipated feel bloated and experience discomfort from having a full bowel. Straining also occurs from trying to push the stool out.
In many cases, relief for constipation is as simple as changes in diet, increased exercise and taking a laxative or stool softener. It may be necessary for you to incorporate flax into your diet, to cut down on saturated fats and to eliminate refined foods, dairy, sugars, alcohol and caffeine. But if you experience constipation frequently despite making dietary and lifestyle changes, look into alternative therapies.
Chiropractic Adjustments for Chronic Constipation
Lower spine adjustments help cure chronic constipation by easing pressure on nerve roots stemming from the spine. The lower part of the spine is where the nerve roots of the celiac ganglion connect. This is the nerve centre for the gallbladder, stomach, small intestine, spleen, liver, kidney and colon. When there is pressure on these nerve roots, constipation is one of the symptoms that can result. Besides the lower part of the spine, chiropractic adjustments of the upper cervical and cranial bones may address constipation problems.
By correcting misaligned vertebrae through chiropractic adjustments, normal bowel functions are likely to return.