Chiropractic and Peptic Ulcer Disease (Duodenal and Gastric)

Ulceration can occur all along the digestive tract. This article refers specifically to those which occur in the stomach (gastric ulcer) and the duodenum (duodenal ulcer).


Ulcers are excoriated segments of the lining of the digestive tract that penetrate through the muscularis mucosae.

Signs and symptoms

Many ulcers are actually asymptomatic. Therefore, diagnostic tests are to be interpreted with caution. Just because an ulcer has been discovered with diagnostic tests doesn't always mean the true cause of symptoms have been pinpointed. Very often there are other processes at work that are interfering with digestion.

Peptic ulcer is typically associated with the following:

Abdominal pain that occurs after around 3 hours of taking a meal (duodenal ulcers are classically relieved by food, while gastric ulcers are exacerbated by it)
Bloating and abdominal fullness
Waterbrash (rush of saliva after an episode of regurgitation to dilute the acid in esophagus)
Nausea, and copious vomiting
Loss of appetite and weight loss
Hematemesis (vomiting of blood); this can occur due to bleeding directly from a gastric ulcer, or from damage to the esophagus from severe/continuing vomiting
Melena (tarry, foul-smelling feces due to oxidized iron)

Chiropractic / Applied Kinesiology Approach to Peptic Ulcer Disease

There is extensive research that backs the success of Chiropractic treatments with Peptic Ulcer Disease. This can be attributed in part to the somato-visceral neurological relationship between organs and spinal nerves (i.e. T-5 to stomach,T-10 to duodenum / small intestine, etc.).

Dr. Morrison uses Chiropractic manipulation to align and unlock vertebrae thereby enhancing nerve function to the gastro-intestinal tract. Applied Kinesiology techniques - including but not limited to - neuro-reflex points, meridian therapy, and other forms of non-pharmacological procedures are utilized in order to improve digestion.

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