The biggest and strongest muscle in your body is not the heart or the legs; it is your diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen. It is not a muscle that you think much about unless you have trouble with it. Diagnosing a diaphragm strain or spasm is almost never done, yet if we could find a quick, simple way to evaluate the diaphragm for normal function we could avoid many unnecessary treatments based on improper diagnoses and save huge amounts of money needlessly spent on unnecessary drugs.

Many people carry around the damage and symptoms from a strained diaphragm for many years while some carry it around for a lifetime! Estimates state that over half of all Americans over age 60 suffer from a hiatal hernia (when the diaphragm is strained and the stomach is pushed up through the diaphragm).


Many of these people not only have stomach and reflux problems but symptoms of heart and related circulatory problems as well… all caused by weakness of the diaphragm. The danger of misdiagnosing a hiatal hernia or diaphragm strain is that these folks are often treated with dangerous drugs for suspected stomach, heart and circulatory problems that if properly diagnosed, could be corrected by simply stretching the diaphragm back to its normal position.

There is a technique that we use on many of our patients where we can pull the stomach down and away from your diaphragm.  This is done from the outside of the body and is essentially painless.

This frees the stomach from it’s trapped position in the diaphragm and allows normal breathing as well as normal stomach function. The entire diagnosis and treatment takes less than 2 minutes. Even if a patient has had a scope put down into their stomach and the condition is not found, still have it checked out by someone who is aware of this technique to evaluate the condition, it is oftentimes missed by ordinary medical procedures.

Another situation that is oftentimes related to acid reflux is having too little stomach acid and too few enzymes. The acid in your stomach sends a signal to the valve that is between your stomach and your esophagus, called the lower esophageal sphincter, to close once food is in the stomach which can prevent the stomach contents from refluxing back up into the esophagus. This is the sphincter, or hole, that the stomach can push up into.

If you think you may be suffering from a hiatal hernia, give our office a call at 770-427-7387.

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