Acid reflux and heartburn

    Being frequently troubled by acid reflux and heartburn affects your everyday life and sleep.

    Everything from feeling a burning sensation in your throat during meals, avoiding certain foods, tea or coffee. You feel tired and irritated due to disturbed sleep, because gastric acid more easily leaks when you lie down. In the long-term this can impact your work, your relationships with friends and family. In many cases of acid reflux, you also suffer from other symptoms. For example, the issue may get worse when you bend over, rummage in the clothes sales or do sit-ups.

    Recurrent heartburn and acid reflux over a longer period, with the feeling that nothing helps, can create intense frustration and resignation. Today there is a treatment that strengthens your musculature where needed, therefore treating the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.

    Cause of heartburn and acid reflux

    Why do we get heartburn and acid reflux? Often it is a hiatus hernia, which means that the diaphragm is weakened. Symptoms such as heartburn and acid reflux arise when gastric juices leak into the oesophagus.

    I this video, specialist nurse Charlotte Pålsson explains the underlying causes of the symptoms.


    A weak diaphragm can be due to genetics, a change in diet, that food nowadays is often not chewed enough, sedentary work, low levels of physical activity, heavy lifting or pregnancy. But in many cases it is not known why the problems have occurred. Heartburn and acid reflux can affect children, adolescents and adults.

    If you have acid reflux and heartburn, you may also have symptoms like a dry cough, a lump in your throat or prolonged hoarseness. These are some other common symptoms of hiatus hernia.

    Read more about common symptoms of hiatus hernia and their treatment here.

    Treating heartburn and acid reflux

    You've probably searched for many ways to alleviate the issue: everything from antacids, home remedies, to sleeping sitting up, and avoiding certain types of food and drink. All this achieved only partially successful results.

    Antacids, also called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), are the most commonly used method of trying to alleviate symptoms. Due to their known side effects, these should only be used in case of temporary problems, not in the long term. Nevertheless, if you have been using antacids for a long period (one to two months or longer), the general recommendation is to phase out usage (unless the medicine has been prescribed by a doctor for another reason)[1-7] . Before beginning to phase out usage, it is a good idea to have begun your IQoro training. Through parallel training with IQoro of 90 seconds a day, you strengthen the diaphragm muscles and treat the root cause of heartburn and acid reflux. 

    IQoro treats the causes of your acid reflux and heartburn - not just the symptoms



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    IQoro is a neuromuscular training device. It allows you to strengthen 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. Läkemedelsvärlden (2011), PPIs are linked to serious side effects, Retrieved 26/10/2018 at 14:24
    2. Region Halland, Läkemedelskommittén [Pharmaceutical Committee] (2018), Information om omeprazol och andra protonpumpshämmare, Att sluta med behandlingen, [Information about Omeprazol and other PPIs - stopping treatment] Retrieved: 26/10/2018 at 17:16
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    9. 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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