Gastroesophageal reflux disease or commonly known as reflux, or heartburn, is becoming more common in today’s society. Reflex affects a variety of age groups, most prevalent in middle-aged to the older population. Many infants even appear to have signs and symptoms of reflux, causing them to be unsettled.

What is reflux?

Reflux occurs when a valve that is located between your oesophagus and stomach is not functioning as it should be. The lower oesophageal sphincter should close as soon as the food passes from the oesophagus to the stomach. If the valve does not close all the way or if it opens too frequently, stomach acid can move up into the oesophagus, resulting in reflux. 

Signs and symptoms of acid reflux:

  • burning pain and discomfort in stomach or abdomen
  • regurgitation
  • bloating
  • bloody/ black stools
  • blood in vomit
  • nausea 
  • bloating
  • funny or horrible taste in mouth 
  • feeling of a lump in throat

What are some risk factors of acid reflux?

  • Overweight/ obese
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Caffeine, alcohol, carbonated drinks
  • Citrus or spicy foods
  • Eating late at night
  • Lying down after large meals
  • Muscle relaxants or blood pressure medications
  • Increased lumbar kyphosis
  • Weak back muscles

Spinal posture can be a major risk factor in developing acid reflux. It is possible to have a direct mechanical effect if you have a lumbar kyphosis and thoracic hyperkyphosis. This particular abnormal curvature of the spine increases pressure on the stomach and oesophageal system. Stomach gastric muscle reflex activity is essential in digestions in order for food to pass through the gastrointestinal tract. When there is an increase lumbar kyphosis and weakness in the back muscles, it is possible to inhibit this reflex activity.

Depending on the specific cause of your gastroesophageal reflux, there are several lifestyle factors that can be altered, as well as treatment options.  It is crucial to identify and treat your acid reflux, as chronic cases can progress into oesophageal cancer. 

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