There are 2 types of reflux that patients suffer from. Laryngopharyngeal reflux (or LPR) is when stomach acid comes up into the throat. A common treatment for this is a proton pump inhibitor oral medication. Gastroesophageal reflux or GERD involves a backup of stomach acid into the lower esophagus. We treat GERD and LPR via visceral manipulation, spinal joint mobilization, corrective breathing pattern techniques, and other advanced manual therapies. Here we are performing a manual release technique of the lesser curvature of the stomach.
This patient has decreased mobility and motility of the cardiac sphincter and stomach. A recent article in the New York Times reveals a new study showing that reflux can also improve with plant based diets! All patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders should have their dietary intake reviewed by their physician and seek help from a nutritionist. Changes in diet can be paramount in the healing process.