Whether it’s seasonal holidays or summer holidays, good family time usually goes hand in hand with a unique quality and quantity of food, that can frequently be associated with gastrointestinal difficulties and possibly even a little weight gain. What does Chiropractic have to do with gut function? An important method of offsetting the negative effects of high calorie, digestive system overload can begin with Chiropractic care.

Chiropractic spinal adjustments can improve digestive function by reducing interference from the central nervous system. Extensive research proves the connection between the spine and digestion. Optimal mobility and alignment of spinal bones can help to normalise digestion.

Lack of optimal spinal movement and biomechanical dysfunction produces stress in the nervous system that can decrease blood flow to vital digestive organs and can further reduce normal bowel motility. This process can lead to a build-up of undigested food and bloating that contribute to weight gain. Digestive imbalances always produce a negative long-term impact on overall health. The holidays tend to make people especially susceptible to indulgences and bowel discomfort that harm a healthy body composition.

Dyspepsia, or indigestion, is frequently caused by gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) or gastritis. In 2009, the European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, found that 71% of patients with digestive problems (chronic adult dyspepsia) who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced an improvement in the severity of their symptoms. 45% of the patients suffering with digestive complaints also reduced or eliminated their requirement for digestive medications. People often wonder how Chiropractic enters the health picture when suffering from symptoms that appear distant from the function of the spine. Chiropractic adjustments focus on optimising nervous system function by improving alignment and movement in the spine and vertebra. All organs communicate through the spinal column and nervous system. A healthy spine translates into healthier organs and systems within the body.

Chiropractors apply gentle adjustments directly to the spine with an impact that translates into health benefits that radiate throughout the entire body. Computers and phones possess a wealth of functional capabilities that extend far beyond simply utilizing the camera or calculator features. Chiropractic care provides a similar scope of capability that does so much more than simply relieving back and neck pain. Chiropractic care ensures that children and adults of all ages ranging from infancy to advanced years achieve results for conditions and symptoms seemingly unrelated to spinal health. The spine houses anatomy, physiology, and neurology that directly benefit improved communication and function that only happen when the spine moves and functions optimally.

There are many benefits from choosing to optimise your spine and nervous system through Chiropractic care. Biomechanical dysfunction can operate like cavities and high blood pressure, oftentimes forming and escalating in the background without any pain or symptoms until ultimately compromising the body’s health and function. Infants, children, and adults experience proactive improvement to all body function, including digestive health, by improving spinal health. The holiday season invites many welcomed indulgences. Let Chiropractic care be an indulgence that continues to provide health benefits long after the festivities end.


Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009 Apr;21(4):482-3. Chiropractic manual intervention in chronic adult dyspepsia.