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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 14, 2008

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder, affecting some 58 million Americans.  Yet it’s also one that many people aren’t comfortable talking about because the signs and symptoms may be embarrassing. Some signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea, constipation or both

Many people have only mild signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Sometimes the problems can be disabling, however. In some cases, you might have severe signs and symptoms that don’t respond well to medical treatment.

For most people, IBS is a chronic condition, although there will likely be times when the signs and symptoms are worse and times when they improve or even disappear completely.

No one knows exactly what causes irritable bowel syndrome.  Some researchers believe it’s is caused by changes in the nerves that control sensation or muscle contractions in the bowel.  Others believe the central nervous system may affect the colon. And because women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with IBS, researchers believe that hormonal changes might also play a role.

Irritable Bowel symptoms can be triggered by a range of things from gas or pressure on your intestines to certain foods, medications or emotions.   Many people have an intolerance for dairy products.  If you suffer from IBS, you’ll know shortly after eating or drinking dairy products.  Another trigger is stress.  Most people with IBS find that their signs and symptoms are worse or more frequent during stressful events, such as a change in their daily routine or family arguments.

Because it’s not clear what causes irritable bowel syndrome, medical treatment tends to focus on the relief of symptoms.   Some of the treatments include anti-diarrhea drugs, anticholinergic (these drugs suppress the nervous system) drugs and even anti-depressants.  Bear in mind, all of these drugs have side effects, some even fatal.

The most effective means of prevention of IBS symptoms has been stress reduction and management.  Some forms of achieving stress reduction is psychological counseling, biofeedback, exercise, yoga, massage, meditation, deep breathing exercises and even hypnosis.

One of the most telling realizations about Irritable Bowel Syndrome is that no one knows what causes it, yet it is usually made worse with stress and better when stress is reduced.  As with seizures and high blood pressure, specific chiropractic adjustments (that affect the parasympathetic nervous system) have helped many individuals suffering from IBS, even ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

If you’re suffering from these chronic (and sometimes debilitating) condition, wouldn’t it be worth giving chiropractic a try?  No drugs, no side effects.  If you’d like to give chiropractic a try to help restore some balance in your life and health, let me know.  If I’m not in your area, I’ll be glad to help you find a good chiropractor near you.

23 Responses to “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Chiropractic”

  1. Interesting.

  2. Jill bridges said


    My eighteen year old daughter suffers greatly with IBS…I have tried gastro doctors, some natural remedies…she still struggles with it on a daily basis. We are in the Roanoke, Virginia area…is there a good chiropractor in our area that you would recommend. She does not like the normal adjustment procedure…she likes the activator or some type of adjustment that is not so painful.
    Thanks…look forward to hearing from you.

    • drtim said


      I have a friend that practices in Roanoke. She’s awesome and utilizes the same low-force technique that I use. Her name is Karen Maxwell. I’ll have her contact you.

  3. Debbie Jones said


    I suffer from severe IBS on a daily basis. I’m on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio in the suburbs. Can you recommend a Chiropractor in my area? Thank you!

    Debbie Jones

  4. Colleen said

    I am willing to try this as an option for my IBS. Can you recommend someone in the St. Charles/St. Louis, Missouri area?

    • drtim said

      I’ll find someone, Colleen.

    • drtim said

      Drs. Vaugniaux (pronounced Vonyo)
      Upper Cervical Care Centers of America
      #20 Ginger Creek Parkway, Glen Carbon, IL 62034
      (618) 692-6992 • Fax: (618) 692-9792

    • drtim said


      Christopher Maffitt at Delta Chiropractic is in St. Louis. He is a NUCCA practitioner. His toll free number is 1-888-856-2684. I think you’ll be pleased with the results IF you stick with it.

      • Colleen said

        Thank you for responding so quickly. I have found their website and I will be contacting them for more information. I’ll let you know if I decide to try this option and what my results are.

  5. Heather said

    I have Ulcertive Colitis and live in the southern Indiana area, close to Evansville, Newburgh ,Boonville ,Rockport any suggestions for a good low force Dr.?

    Thanks Heather

  6. Aaron said

    Hi Dr.

    I’ve been suffering with ibs since I was 21. I am now 26. I live in Watertown, ct. I’ve tried gastros and the like with no help. Please help.


    • drtim said

      I will try to find you someone in that area.

    • drtim said


      This is from my friend, Dr. Rob Shaw, in CT. Dr. Shaw comes with my highest recommendation. Tell him I sent you. Best wishes.

      “Watertown’s about 20 minutes from me. tell them I’m right off exit 28 on interstate 84. tell them to call.. I’ll take great care of them of you.


  7. ANONYMOUS said

    Popping your back and neck isn’t likely to help with I.B.S and has a chance of creating back or neck problems.

  8. Noah said

    Anyone know of a good practitionner for IBS in Toronto ? i can be reached at ngurza@hotmail.com – name is Noah

  9. What’s up to every one, the contents present at this site are really remarkable for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

  10. Seb said


    Your article is very interesting. I jus tstarted suffering from IBS, but my back has been an issue for a while now. Do you know any good practisioners in Montreal, more specifically in Montreal island (greater Montreal). Thank you so much!

  11. Tina said


    I have had IBS for most of my life but it became debilitating when I was about 20. I am now 23 and have not found relief, after thousands of dollars spent on anything imaginable. I decided to go see a chiropractor yesterday. I was wondering how long it typically takes to begin feeling better after treatments are started. Also I live in the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware area. Do you have any good contacts in this area?

    Thank you so much!

  12. Iesha Bowens said

    I rely need to live a chiropractor in the Gaithersburg, Germantown or Damasus area. I am located I. Maryland. I am 23 years old, and have fibromyalgia, acid reflux/bile reflux and what they believe is ibs. I have been to gastronomy doctors and take Zegerid and Zantac. I have been suffering for and I have loss weight and everything. I experience all type of pain all over my body as well as the spasms due to the fibromyalgia. I also break out in hives on and off dye to reasons I do lot know, other than perhaps my fibromyalgia. The burning and gas in my stomach is unbearable. I feel as if there is a whole on the left said where my stomach is located. In October of 2013 they officially diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and gave me meds (cymbalta, nuerotin). By December of the sane year, I had gained my weight back. The pills had also helped with my fibromyalgia. I went from 92lbs to like 117lbs. I had my good and bad days in the between days. Now, it’s March 2014, and I’m back down again. Loosing weight and dealing with body pains and burning in my stomach. I stay away from all the foods that make your stomach hurt. I only drink cold/ ice water. If you can help me I would greatly appreciate it. I’ve also had accupunture done, but it only helped the day I went. Please help me, I really need a good chiropractor to assist me. Thank you.

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