Treating problems of the lower oesophageal sphincter (hiatus hernia)

    The most common symptoms of a hiatus hernia is that you occasionally have heartburn, often get acid reflux or feel pain in the upper abdomen. You may even have difficulty swallowing, coughing, feel mucus in your lungs and throat, have a sore throat and prolonged hoarseness. You may also have symptoms similar to asthma, and you may get burns to the mucous membranes in your mouth and on your teeth. The problem is often felt when you swallow or some time after you have swallowed something. You might experience several symptoms or only one that is particularly troublesome.

    Hiatus Hernia

    Cause of hiatus hernias

    The term hiatus hernia, a problem with the lower oesophageal sphincter, is not really correct and is sometimes used a bit carelessly to explain roughly where the problem is. The problem is actually a weakened diaphragm that uncontrollably loosens the lower oesophageal sphincter along with part of the stomach, through the hole (hiatus canal) in the diaphragm that the oesophagus passes through. This causes stomach acid to leak up in the oesophagus because the lower oesophageal sphincter cannot close tightly, and can therefore cause problems all the way up to the airways and mouth.

    It is not uncommon that you experience worsening discomfort when you lie down, if you are pregnant, when you tie your shoes or lift anything heavy. This increases the pressure on the stomach and the stomach moves more easily through the diaphragm.

    Read more about what happens in the body and the cause of hiatus hernia here.

    Get help treating a lump in your throat

    Although a hiatus hernia is the most common cause of a lump in the throat, the feeling can also be caused by other things. If you cannot swallow bites larger than a certain size, you may have some sort of narrowing. In these cases, you should contact your healthcare provider.

    Whether you have seen a doctor or not, you can strengthen the musculature involved in swallowing.  The unique IQoro neuromuscular training device can help anyone experiencing a lump or cramping sensation in the throat, to help remedy the cause of the problems. All you need to do is train using the device to build up the chain of muscles from the face, mouth, throat, oesophagus down to the diaphragm and stomach. It only takes 90 seconds a day and will naturally get to the cause of why you feel a ‘thickness’ in the throat, without side effects. IQoro is CE marked in accordance with the Swedish Medical Products Agency's regulations and has been created based on over 20 years of Swedish evidence-based scientific research.

    Read more about the training device and order it here

    Hiatus hernia treatment

    If a hiatus hernia affects your daily life, that in itself is reason enough to do something about it. Whether you have had problems for a long time or if it is a new issue, you can treat it. The quicker you get started with treatment the better. A hiatus hernia is harmless, but if you go too long without treatment, the symptoms often worsen and you can develop more symptoms.

    To train the entire chain of muscles, from your lips down to your diaphragm and stomach, you can use IQoro, a unique training tool known as a throat trainer. By setting aside only 90 seconds a day, you can treat your hiatus hernia in an effective and natural way. With no negative side effects at all. IQoro has been created from over 20 years of research in collaboration with the university hospitals in Uppsala, Linköping and Umeå and is CE marked according to the Swedish Medical Products Agency’s health, safety and environmental requirements.

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    IQoro® treats the causes of your Hiatal hernia - not just the symptoms



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    IQoro is a neuromuscular training device. It allows you to strengthen the muscles that you can’t usually train - at least not by consciously controlling these muscles. The instructions to activate these ‘involuntary’ muscles come only from autonomic brain signals. That’s what IQoro stimulates.

    All it takes is 90 seconds exercise per day. IQoro uses the body’s natural nerve pathways to activate the muscles from the face, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus and down to the diaphragm where your hernia is situated.

    Your injured muscle in the diaphragm is strengthened, and gradually your symptoms will disappear as you address their cause. Some maintenance training will be required after your symptoms have gone to keep your original symptoms at bay.






    Patented and made in Sweden

    Internationally patented and manufactured in Sweden.

    CE-märkt medicinteknisk produkt klass 1

    CE marked, Class 1 Medical Device

    IQoro is based on many years’ scientific research, and is certified for sale and use in the EU and EEA countries.

    No side-effects

    No side-effects

    IQoro naturally strengthens the musculature from the face, oral cavity, upper airways, esophagus down to the diaphragm and stomach without any side-effects.



    Malin Wallin

    Malin’s swallowing difficulties became a torment

    Malin Wallin, a 25 year old has always been slim but has never had a problem with eating. Until her last year in high school that is, when - without any warning - she began to be affected by a persistent feeling of having a lump in the throat and trouble with swallowing. It would take several years before she would be helped by a new treatment method in the form of a neuromuscular exercise device and regime from IQoro.

    It is a very modest young lady that turns up to the interview to tell us about her tough years with swallowing difficulties, difficulties that of course have caused anxiety, worry and social isolation at many shared mealtimes.

    - For many years it has been a torment to eat in the company of others. I carried with me a constant fear of having something stick in my throat, and I avoided mealtimes with colleagues or friends, says Malin, who now works as a childcarer...


     Read patients' own stories here


    Niklas Gerholm

    Niklas’ feelings of constant queasiness are gone

    Niklas had dieted with the LCHF method and lost weight, but he was afflicted by a reflux problem (LPR) when he went back to an ordinary diet.

    Food leaked up from his stomach at night giving a feeling of queasiness and an irritating, persistent, dry cough. After he had researched the problem, Nicholas concluded that he was suffering from dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties.

    –  It was always gurgly in my throat and the swallowing difficulties came more intense, says Nicolas.

    In the end, he sought professional help and underwent a gastroscopy, but nothing abnormal was to be seen.

    –  It was frustrating! Sometimes I couldn’t even sleep at night because it felt as though the remains of my food were still in my esophagus, and were leaking up into my throat.

     Read patients' own stories here 

    Reviewed by: Dr. Mary Hägg, Doctor of Medicine, Post-doctoral researcher at Uppsala University specialising in orofacial medicine, Head of Department at the Speech and Swallowing Centre: Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic at Hudiksvall Hospital, Sweden. Registered Dentist. October 2018.

    Reference sources 
    1. Kjellén G, Tibbling L. Manometric oesophageal function, acid perfusion test and symptomatology in a 55-year-old general population. Clinical Physiology. 1981; 1:405-15
    2. Hägg M, Tibbling L, Franzén T. Esophageal dysphagia and reflux symptoms before and after oral IQoro® training. World J Gastroenterol 2015; 21(24): 7558-7562.

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