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Physical Therapy Tips To Combat Heartburn And Acid Reflux

We've all been out to dinner and eaten something we shouldn't have and regretted it later. Maybe it was that spicy curry or that greasy pizza from the local pizzeria. Whatever it was that caused it, getting heartburn is like a rite of passage as a foodie. Although we might be inflicting heartburn on ourselves, should you just have to suffer through it until your body decides to work itself out? Or what if your heartburn/acid reflux becomes chronic. What are you supposed to do then?

Now there are all kinds of medications you can pick up at the store or even be prescribed if your heartburn becomes a more serious issue. But there are several ways you might be able to take care of more mild forms of it in a less invasive way. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks for those suffering from heartburn and acid reflux!

Of course, none of these home remedies are the end all be all for heartburn, so you should definitely consult a physician if you find yourself suffering with acid reflux on a regular basis. But I do know there are a TON of patients who swear by baking soda, oregano oil, olive oil, aloe vera juice and apple cider vinegar. Each of these "work" for different reasons so it's important to find what dietary changes and supplementation work for you.

My favorite method for relieving heartburn is actually...JUMPING ON A TRAMPOLINE. Yes folks, you read that correctly. I know it sounds crazy but let me tell you, it's such a game changer. If you've ever watched the pros in those food eating contests, you might see them bouncing while they're eating. This is because they're trying to force the contents of their stomach down and prevent it from, you know, coming back up into the bucket.

The same idea works with the trampoline, this is just working to get the food digested and keep the acid down. So you won't actually be full on jumping on the trampoline. Rather, you'll be doing a small bounce; an occilation if you will. Watch the video below for more details on how a trampoline can reduce acid reflux.

Give these tips and tricks a try and see if they relieve your heartburn. Once again, I always recommend getting checked out by a professional if you think this is a recurring or chronic problem. Physical therapists can perform visceral manipulation which has shown huge results in patients with GERD and reflux. So it's always a good idea to get a professional's advice and see what they can do for you!

Remember, we heal smarter, not harder,

Dr. Justin C. Lin


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