Spinal health and digestion

I am frequently reminded of the close relationship between the middle of the spine and the health of the digestive system.  Often, when a patient complains of indigestion, we can help to improve the symptoms with proper alignment of the thoracic spine and adding some digestive enzymes.  We also try to address lifestyle issues that may be contributing to the situation.  High stress, eating large meals, diets high in simple carbohydrates, not drinking enough water, eating late at night are a few of the possible contributing factors over which we have control. 

Exercise, oddly enough, also has an effect on digestion.  Using the muscles in the abdomen helps to increase blood flow to abdominal organs and creates a massaging effect on the digestive organs, which encourages proper movement of food through the system.