Chiropractor Questions Constipation

Why a chiropractor for my daughter's constipation?

My daughter has been suffering from chronic constipation, and we'd much rather try a natural treatment rather than something pharmaceutical. Her pediatrician suggested taking her to a chiropractor. How can a chiropractor be able to help with her constipation?

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The large colon is controlled by nerves coming from the sacrum and low back as well as the upper cervical region that controls all nerve flow below the brain. When you adjust the spine, it allows for proper nervous system control to the associated organs. When you think about it, what controls the body? The spine/nervous system. If there is organ dysfunction in the absence of any disease, then it's probably nervous system related.
Chiropractic care can absolutely make the constipation go away. By resetting the nervous system and the impulse of the gut from adjustment of the level of the body that affects your gut.
The nerves that affect the intestines can be affected if you back is subluxated. Getting adjusted helps move the joints and restore proper function the the digestive system. A good probiotic can also help as well as drinking enough water and eliminating dairy from the diet.
Chiropractic physicians help increase movement in joints, including the joints of the spine. When these joints are not freely moveable, the nerve that exits the spine at that area may also have inhibited capability. Restoring proper movement to that area can restore nerve function, from the spine to the end organ. If that end-organ is the colon, restoring the nerve function can reduce colon issues, like constipation. We are trained to look for the root cause of the issue as well which in this could be something as simple as dehydration or a more concerning condition. Functional wellness practitioners look for why something is not working correctly rather than treating just the symptoms.
The nerves which exit from the spine and from the sacrum (tailbone) have control over her bowels. Especially with work in/around the tailbone area, chiropractic can stimulate those nerves to work better and thus help facilitate better peristalsis. Peristalsis is the force/motion of the intestines that moves digested food through and out of the GI tract. Please consult with a chiropractor. It has the potential to significantly improve your daughter's digestion.

Chiropractic is very effective with digestive issues including constipation. The nerves to the colon can be stimulated through the chiropractic adjustment. In addition, many chiropractors can manipulate the valve between the small and large intestines, which may directly improve the flow of intestinal material and eliminate blockage. Chiropractic is a natural approach to health and should greatly alleviate your daughter's constipation without drugs or medicines, which of course have adverse side effects.
If the nerve supply to the digestive system is not working correctly, a chiropractic adjustment can help
A chiropractor, especially one who works with muscles and trigger points, can stimulate the organs and intestines to move. By working on the muscles in the hips and back, and also in the legs and abdomen, you can help the bowels to start moving. By doing this, you can physically help to move the feces further down the intestines so that your daughter can more easily eliminate it.
Bowel motility can be affected by a pinched nerve or diet/nutrition. Chiropractors can help with both treatments.
Chiropractic adjustments may help by optimizing the nervous system that supplies the large intestine. They may also be able to recommend other homeopathic alternatives as well. It is a non-invasive approach that may take care of her.
There are a few ways to answer your question but I will give the short version. Yes a chiropractor and the chiropractic adjustment can help with relieving constipation. The bony spinal structures called vertebrae house the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. These nerves not only produce pain but they also control visceral function, organ function. So if there is abnormal or restricted motion in the spine causing inflammation to spinal nerves and these spinal nerves control stomach, bowel (intestinal( function then by relieving and or removing the irritation to these nerves, which is called a vertebral subluxation, then the nerves can function normally and the body returns to normal function, normal homeostasis. There is simple to understand chart called the Meric system which shows where on the vertebral column of the human body will affect the organs of our body. In addition there is also the Vagus nerve of the human body which originates in the neck, cervical spine, and aid in the control of just about all our organs including the intestines. So, you see, yes Chiropractic and the chiropractic adjustment can certainly help to eliminate constipation.
The nervous system controls all functions of the body. The nerves in your daughter's low back control the intestinal function. If your daughter has a subluxation when a doctor of chiropractic addresses the area, it will remove stress from nervous system allowing it to function 100% and can result in better regulation. You may have already tried, but having your daughter eat prunes daily may help. You can also have her increase her magnesium uptake depending on her age you can use a supplement at night to help.
Constipation can be caused by an irritation to the nerves that regulate the bowels. The irritation interferes with the signals that move the bowels and allow them to empty. Chiropractors treat the spine to remove the interference to the nerves. Once the normal nerve activity is restored then normal function can occur. In my experience children typically respond very rapidly and positively to gentle adjustments. Your pediatrician is very wise to recommend chiropractic care, the largest oldest drug free health care system in the United States.
Nerves control the movement of the bowels, chiropractic aligns the spine and allows these nerves to function properly.
First, you did not state her age. There are many things neurologically that can affect chronic bowel issues. A chiropractor can evaluate if there is a spinal component related to this condition. Other things in addition would include diet, water intake, depending on age, if she's a pop drinker or, worse, diet drinks, allergies, etc. These are just some things that can affect chronic constipation.
Chiropractors treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions and how it relates to the function of the human body. The large intestine is controlled mainly by the first through the third lumbar nerve. If anyone of these nerves are irritated by the displacement of the corresponding vertebra, it can cause her condition.