It makes a lot of sense when we explain the anatomy. It’s even been studied and shown to make difference (references below).
And given the recent news on reflux medication, People taking heartburn drugs could have higher risk of death, study claims, a treatment alternative may be just what you need.
Many people don’t realise that the diaphragm is a massive muscle. When you breathe in the diaphragm muscle contracts and this causes it to move downwards, its previously upwardly curving shape (see picture) becomes flatter. This lowers the air pressure in the rib cage (the region in which the lungs sit). As a result, air rushes in from outside the body, via the nose and mouth, and fills the lungs with air allowing us to breathe. Breathing out is obviously the opposite movement forcing air back out of the lungs.
There are 3 circular openings through the diaphragm to allow for the passage of 3 tubes:
It is this 3rd opening that we are interested in with reflux. The diaphragm can become tight just like any other muscle. This squeezes the tubes especially the oesophagus and can cause acid from your stomach to be pushed up into your oesophagus, creating the experience known as “HEARTBURN”.
It’s not only the diaphragm we are intersted in when treating reflux, we also find:
Osteopathic treatment involves releasing tension in these muscle and joint restrictions with our usual mobilising and freeing techniques. Our treatment, focusing on the structures that interact with the diaphragm and stomach, can mean sufferers require less or no medication for their heartburn!
AND we can teach you how to get a mobile rib-cage and spine with 1 simple exercise you can do at home!
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