How correcting poor posture can improve symptoms of IBS

 Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic condition that affects the large intestine.  In Canada, 5 million people suffer from IBS, and 120,000 new cases are reported each year. People who suffer from IBS may experience stomach pain, bloating, gas, constipation as well as an irregular bowel pattern.  In certain cases, people may also experience nausea and heartburn.

People who suffer from IBS often try over the counter medications to help manage the symptoms of IBS but this type of medication tends not to address the direct cause of IBS. 

IBS and the Nervous System:

 Every organ, tissue and system in our body has its own pathway from the nerves to the brain also known as innervation.  For example, if we wanted to move our arm, a specific nerve in the arm would have to fire so that the arm knows to move.  The nerve responsible for arm movements comes from the spinal cord, which is housed by bones called your vertebral column.  If the bones of your vertebral column are out of alignment they may compress the nerves causing less information to be sent to your arm.  This is true even for your organs.  The nerves that communicate with your intestines originate from your mid to lower back.  If the vertebrae are even slightly misaligned in these segments, symptoms of IBS may occur or may be made worse.  

The Role of Posture in IBS: 

Poor posture- specifically Forward Head Posture – typical for people spending hours sitting and using handheld devices, also exacerbates the problem.  In our new technologically advanced society, most people spend hours hunched over in their chairs working on laptops and computers. This is in addition to leisure hours spent slouched over ipads, tablets and smartphones.  As a result of this, more and more people are starting to develop Forward Head Posture, improper pelvic tilting, rounded shoulders as well as a more rounded spine. 

 The area where the spine begins to incorrectly round, from the lower ribcage through to the lower back, affects the location of the spine that houses the nerves responsible for communicating with the large intestine. Creating a clear path for the nerves to function is essential to effective organ function. Chiropractic treatment, especially posture corrective treatments such as the ones offered in our clinics, realigns the spine allowing for normal and healthy nerve function and can improve symptoms of IBS.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guy Bahar is The Posture Doc., a Chiropractor with offices in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Toronto, Ontario and Oakville, Ontario.  Dr. Bhasin is a Chiropractor in the Richmond Hill, Ontario location of The Posture Clinic. The Posture Clinic specializes in the detection and correction of poor posture. The unique Posture Training Method used there corrects poor posture and improves forward head posture, improving appearance, reducing pain problems and restoring overall health. See our amazing New Patient Special and find out what your posture number is today! Feel Better. Look Better. Live Better.