Treat GERD with Positional Therapy

The symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), like heartburn, can not only make you feel miserable, but can impact the quality of your life. For some people, nighttime GERD is the worst, causing sleepless nights and feeling tired the next day. If this is you, consider fighting back with these four ways to use positional therapy to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

  1. Keep upright when exercising. Because acid has a more difficult time flowing uphill from the stomach to the esophagus, try to stay away from exercises that require your head to be lower than your stomach. Your Atlanta gastroenterologist can recommend exercises that would be a good fit for you. You can still exercise if you have GERD — only the types of exercises may need to be modified.
  2. Avoid bending over. Because stomach acid can flow into the esophagus when you bend over, it’s best to avoid this activity. When you bend, you create pressure at your stomach, forcing some acid up into the esophagus. Instead, bend at the knees for exercising or when picking something up.
  3. Elevate your bed. Elevating the head of your bed several inches may do the trick with combating night time heartburn and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Further, you shouldn’t lie down immediately after eating; instead, wait several hours after eating before going to bed.
  4. Don’t just prop up pillows. While it may be tempting to simply prop up pillows on your bed, most physicians report that using extra pillows won’t stop the acid reflux. This is because your entire body needs to be on an incline, not just your head. If you experience morning hoarseness, then elevating your bed may alleviate it.

 

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