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What is Hiatal Hernia?

Hiatal Hernia is a health condition whose symptoms include part of the stomach protrudes up into the chest area through a small opening, called the esophageal hiatus, in the diaphragm muscle. Esophagus is the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. Hiatal hernia is the condition when a part of the stomach pushes up through the hiatus, which leads to painful problems such as acid reflux and heartburn.

Causes of Hiatal Hernia?

Causes of hiatal hernia are not known, but it is considered that weakened diaphragm muscles is the main reason for developing hiatal hernia. There are people who are born with weak diaphragm muscles (including children). There are some people who suffer from hiatal hernia as a result of an injury in the diaphragm or stomach area. Pregnancy can also cause hiatal hernia for women.

Who Suffers from Hiatal Hernia?

Hiatal hernia is a very common condition and usually occurs in women and older adults aged 40 or older. Studies have revealed that by age 60 up to 60% of individuals will may some from hiatal hernia. Other types include inguinal hernia or groin hernia and umbilical hernia. A little known version called strangulated hernia can actually cause tissue to die. Getting an examination as soon as possible by a specialist such as a chiropractor is important to avoid any extreme complications.

Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia

A very common symptom of hiatal hernia is pain due to heartburn that usually occurs after consuming a large meal at night a few hours before sleep. Lying on your back right after a meal cause the stomach content to flow back up, causing hiccups, stomach pain, chest pain or discomfort.

A more serious and more painful symptoms are felt when the hiatal hernia comes with acid reflux or heartburn, which can often be relieved with a treatment of over the counter antacids.

However, if symptoms persists and left untreated, this may cause esophagitis (or esophageal hernia), an inflammation that may damage the tissues of the esophagus.

More severe symptoms of hiatal hernia include difficulty swallowing, vomiting blood, dark stool, palpitations or increased heartbeat, dizziness or lightheadedness, coughing and fever and shortness of breath. In case you feel these symptoms, please seek immediate medical help. In case of severe case of hiatal hernia, surgical treatment may be needed.

Self Help for Hiatal Hernia

For temporary relief from painful symptoms of hiatal hernia, avoid eating four hours before sleeping at night and to lay on the left side with the head slightly elevated. Also, eating a healthy diet will help relieve symptoms of a hiatal hernia and avoid unnecessary surgery. However, curing yourself can be difficult to impossible.

Chiropractic Care for Hiatal (or gastric) Hernia

Your first chiropractic consultation will involve determining if there is any nerve in the stomach that’s being impeded. If we finds any nerve interference in the stomach (sometimes referred to as a stomach or abdominal hernia), we will plan for chiropractic care that will correct, remove or manage the nerve interference or remove any nerve impedance. There are specific chiropractic maneuvers that can be used to manually correct the herniated stomach back to its normal location.

Through holistic, gentle and non-invasive chiropractic care, patients can avoid the costly and risky surgical intervention and medications that only provides temporary pain relief without addressing the cause of hiatal hernia. A

After completing the chiropractic adjustments, your Salinas chiropractor will provide proper exercises to help strengthen the abdominal muscles to keep the hiatal or ventral hernia from recurring.

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