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Let’s Talk Acid Reflux

Do you suffer from acid reflux? If so you are not alone. Acid reflux, which is commonly diagnosed as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most prevalent digestive disorders suffered by Canadians according to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF). This condition affects an astounding 5 million Canadians and we are also one of the largest consumers of indigestion and heartburn remedies in the world.

Did you know Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT) has been shown as an effective intervention for GERD management? Through evidence-based research osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) has been shown as a beneficial intervention for GERD management using a whole-body approach.

From an osteopathic perspective there are a number of structures that influence the functioning of the LES that can be directly treated using osteopathic manual techniques.

These include:

  • The Vagus Nerve

  • The Greater Splanchnic Nerves

  • The Diaphragm

  • Lymphatic system

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