Chiropractic Care for IBS Relief

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Digestive issues are a common complaint among Americans. From Crohn’s Disease to ulcerative colitis, these issues can impact your quality of life greatly. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is known as one of the least severe forms of digestive illness, but it can still be greatly disruptive and uncomfortable. For those who are familiar with the effects of IBS, a visit to a Bozeman chiropractor can bring relief.

Causes of IBS

Unlike other digestive diseases, IBS is known as more of a functional disorder because the symptoms do not have a single identifiable cause. However, evidence has made it clear that one of the driving factors of IBS has to do with the central nervous system. This system is controlled by your spinal cord and your brain, which work together to send messages throughout your body, helping it perform as expected. When the spine suffers from a misalignment, this can interrupt the channels of communication, causing a breakdown in certain processes, including the digestive system. In the case of IBS, the misalignment can disrupt the communication between your brain and your intestinal tract, resulting in IBS.

Common Treatment for IBS

If IBS symptoms begin, many people will reach immediately for over the counter medication to soothe their digestive issues. These often provide temporary relief without offering a solution to what has caused the issue in the first place. Some of these medications may also have negative side effects that are just as frustrating as the initial IBS symptoms were.
Another method for addressing the issue is chiropractic care, in which a chiropractor performs chiropractic adjustments that corrects misalignments, allowing the digestive system to functional more normally. It has been proven that there is a connection between getting adjusted and well-functioning digestive health.

One study references a 32-year-old woman who had suffered from IBS, as well as anxiety and depression, for a decade. She began routine adjustments to correct identified misalignments in the spine. After just one adjustment, she began to have more normal and less painful bowel movements, and after a series of other adjustments, she experienced a decreased in her anxiety and depression as well. Over time, she was able to resolve the majority of her IBS symptoms and properly address her mental health.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

These findings are consistent with those of similar studies for multiple digestive ailments. A study that looked at people suffering from Crohn’s Disease found that “nerve compression leads to a chronic functional disorder having a significant effect on digestion, absorption of nutrients and liquids, conveyance of food, as well as various other functions of the digestive tract extending to excretion.”

If you suffer from IBS, you know how important relief can be. Dr. Cary Gentry at Waypoint Chiropractic can perform a thorough evaluation and adjustment to correct any misalignments that may be contributing to your discomfort. Visiting the Bozeman chiropractic office of Dr. Gentry can improve your overall health and let you get back to activities that IBS was preventing you from enjoying. Call today to take your first step toward a better life!


“Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – Cause.” WebMD.

“Irritable Bowel Syndrome vs. Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” Healthline.

Nardi, J. “Resolution of Irritable Bowel Symptomatology in a Patient Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2013 Apr: 25-31.

Takeda, Y., Arai, S., Touichi, H. “Long Term Remission and Alleviation of Symptoms in Allergy and Crohn’s Disease Patients Following Spinal Adjustment for Reduction of Vertebral Subluxations.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2002; 4(4): 129-141.

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