Acid Reflux and Your Upper Cervical Spine


Gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, is a condition that is often known by its primary symptom called acid reflux.

Many suffers of acid reflux may seek relief by taking an antacid and go about their life without thinking about the possible long - term effects it can have on the body.

Plus, it’s only a temporary fix that does not address the underlying cause of acid reflux. Acid reflux can occur when the stomach acid escapes back up into the esophagus. It may be followed by a burning pain, nausea, or discomfort that moves from the stomach, abdomen, chest, and up into the throat. Some people may experience a sour or bitter - tasting acid backing up into the throat or mouth.

But what does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care have to do with acid reflux? Well, the answer is ... the two tiny bones in the upper neck can play a significant role in acid reflux.

At Gucciardo Specific Chiropractic and Natural Health Center we can help you find the underlying cause to your acid reflux condition, along with preventing it from returning.

Your vagus nerve supplies all the parasympathetic nerve supply to the whole digestive system. The vagus nerve is in direct correlation to the atlas C1 and originates in the brain stem. It is also referred to as the wandering nerve.

Thus, your nerve system is responsible for making sure everything goes smooth in the digestive tract. The two top bones of the upper cervical spine surround the area where the brainstem meets up with the spine. It is important to keep in mind that even the slightest misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae can put pressure on the brainstem affecting its ability to communicate and function optimally.

Your brainstem plays a vital role in the body’s involuntary actions. This includes breathing, heart rate, and swallowing which is a key element in keeping acids in the stomach where they belong.

As a result, this pressure on the brainstem may lead to acid reflux. Your nerve system needs to be in constant communication with all the tissue cells in the digestive tract. If there is a miscommunication there will be a problem somewhere along the line. This can result in the flap between the stomach and the esophagus not closing and stomach contents moving backwards into the esophagus. It may result in lack of acid production which will cause bacteria to form in the stomach. The bacteria build up will create a constant acid environment in the stomach which can also lead to acid reflux.

Correcting a misalignment of the upper cervical spine by making an adjustment requires precision analysis to determine how the tow bones have moved.

The adjustments that Dr. Gucciardo makes are safe for the entire family and even infants with acid reflux. Also, upper cervical chiropractic adjustments are long - lasting which gives the body the time it needs to heal on its own naturally.

By making corrective adjustments to the spine when necessary it can help decrease or eliminate symptoms of acid reflux that include bitter taste, hoarseness, sore throat, coughing, asthma, nausea, extra salvia, burping, difficulty swallowing, and improve the quality of your spinal health, life and overall health.

If you suffer from acid reflux, you need to get help today before it develops into something more serious. If you are interested in a safe and natural solution for acid reflux or another health - related condition, then Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care may be right for you.

Dr. Gucciardo will perform a full evaluation to decide the best course of action for improving your digestive health and restoring proper nerve function.

The best way to find out is to give our office a call today @ 718.845.2323 and we can schedule you in for an Upper Cervical Chiropractic Evaluation.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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