IBS and Chiropractic

IBS and Chiropractic
Through collaboration with Loren Marks, DC, DACBN, a New York chiropractor, Dr. Mullin believes that IBS patients can benefit from chiropractic care through stress reduction and the effect of manipulation on the nervous system. In Dr. Mullin’s experience, “IBS patients do better [when treated] in a more holistic model.”   
 
Chiropractors are likely to encounter IBS patients seeking treatment for other symptoms. According to a recent study, compared with a control group, IBS patients had a 40-to-80-percent higher chance of suffering from migraines, fibromyalgia, and depression5—conditions that send many patients to CAM providers.
 
Chiropractic’s holistic approach to care—assessing the patient’s structural, biochemical and emotional state—can help IBS patients look beyond suppression of symptoms toward modulating the main contributing factors, explains Dr. Marks. A certified clinical nutritionist, he has many tools in his arsenal—from natural restoration of gastrointestinal flora to hormone testing, which helps identify chronic-stress sufferers. “The key is to identify the cause(s) of the patient’s condition,” he says.
 
Dr. Moses, who also believes in nutritional support for stress relief—magnesium, B complex vitamins and pantothenic acid—says IBS patients report “feeling more relaxed and functioning better” after receiving spinal adjustments.
 
 
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