Crohn’s disease affects up to three million Americans each year, making it one of the most common digestive problems in the United States. The disease can vary in how severely it affects the individual. In some cases it only affects a small segment of the small intestines, while in others it can invade the colon too.
Symptoms vary, sometimes coming on hard and strong out of nowhere, while other times there are no signs of the disease at all. Usually diarrhea, fever, fatigue, cramping, stomach pain, bloody stool, mouth ulcers, weight loss, loss of appetite and anal drainage will occur when Crohn’s is in it’s most active state. These symptoms can be debilitating, making the individual afraid to eat certain things that they feel might exacerbate it, as well as fear of being away from the home or bathroom if symptoms begin to strike, since they can occur without warning.
Treatment for Crohn’s usually consists of drug therapy and sometimes surgery. It is hard to successfully treat the disease since it is not known exactly what causes it. Some doctors think that heredity and immune system function play a role in contributing to the condition. If your immune system is working to fight of a disease, it might begin to fight the cells in the digestive system as well, causing the Crohn’s. Treatments aim to reduce the severity of outbreaks, as well as reduce how often they occur. It is more about management rather than curing Crohn’s disease.
If you are someone who lives with Crohn’s disease and does not want to be reliant on medications all the time, then chiropractic treatments may be helpful for you. According to a study in Japan, researchers found a link between Crohn’s disease and the nervous system. If the nervous system was found to be experiencing blockages due to subluxations in the spine, then there was a possibility that the digestive tract was being affected. The case study focused on more than 3,000 patients with allergies and 1,000 without allergies. The researchers found that when the subluxations in the vertebrae, also known as misalignments in the spine, were realigned, then the Crohn’s disease symptoms were improved, if not completely diminished due to the manipulations. The lead author of the study, Dr, Yasuhiko Takeda, commented that it is important to find natural ways to treat this disease, since long term use of medications may pose some risks to the patient.
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