- August 9, 2013 at 4:20 am #108819
Sonic BoomMemberTopics: 15Replies: 52
My doctor recently suggested 4-10 sessions of chiropractic manipulations to cure my diagnosed hiatal hernia. I never knew this was possible, and though the “procedure” is performed by his own on-staff chiropractor, a quick Google search reveals that chiropractics have indeed been used to treat the condition.
Has anyone here had experience with using chiropractics to treat a hiatal hernia? Is it effective? Does it pose any risks? I recall hearing that chiropractics in general can cause the feeling of a need for additional adjustments (i.e. if you have a few adjustments, it may cause you to feel like something is out of place, so you may never “stop” needing adjustments once you start). Is there any truth to this?
Thanks in advance for any input!August 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm #108829
SueSullivanMemberTopics: 18Replies: 108
I believe I have a hiatal hernia dating to my first pregnancy, but it is not diagnosed. I did go to a chiropractor for this in June. She did a form of tractioning somewhat similar to myofascial release, if you are familiar with that. She had me breathe in lying on my back while she pressed in with her finger tips just to the left of my sternum and just below the lowest rib. On my exhale, she changed the angle of her pressure so that her fingers were dragging down towards the back of my pelvis. She repeated this a couple times then showed me how to do it (take care that you do not exert pressure on your aorta — if you feel a strong pulse under your fingers, shift off that area.) She said I may need to do it again from time to time as a maintenance thing.
So to answer your question about adjustments, this isn’t that sort of work. It’s closer to visceral manipulation. I also googled self-care for hiatal hernia and found a site that recommended drinking a pint of warm water first thing in the morning, to relax and fill the stomach, then rising onto your toes and dropping abruptly onto your heel several times (do this on carpet, our heels get enough trauma as it is) to essentially pull the stomach back down.
Your post reminds me to do these things again, as I have recently felt as though food I’m swallowing isn’t getting all the way down to my stomach, but I’ve felt pretty good on this front prior to the the last week or so.
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