Heartburn, acid reflux, and nausea are the 3 main symptoms. When they occur more than twice a week or interfere with daily living, doctors call this condition GERD. This condition can happen to anyone at any age.
Conditions, such as obesity, for example, can increase your risk of GERD. Excess weight puts pressure on your abdomen and pushes up your stomach. This causes the acid to back up into your esophagus. Foods like fried foods, chocolate, or carbonated drinks are just a few that may trigger GERD. It has also been found that smoking decreases the ability of the LES to function properly, as well as stimulating stomach acid. Not surprisingly, stress has the potential to increase the severity and frequency of heartburn symptoms. However, remember that not everyone suffering from GERD has heartburn and that you can have the 3 main symptoms mentioned above and not have GERD.
If you have been diagnosed with GERD, massage is still a possibility. You can help by not eating within 2 hours of your appointment and avoiding those foods that trigger your condition. Your therapist can use bolsters, wedges or pillows to elevate your head during the massage. Gravity will keep those stomach acids down. Chair massage is an alternative type of massage that is appropriate. Your massage therapist will be happy to work with you so that your GERD symptoms do not increase.
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