Reflux can affect anyone, children, young people, adults and the elderly.
The reason you get reflux is not because you are doing something wrong. It may be due to a disease you were born with, or an injury you have suffered which has lead to weakened muscles.
There can also be a hereditary reason. It is not unusual that if you suffer from reflux or that food sometimes gets stuck in your throat, that you also have a relation that has had the same problem.
Some experience reflux after an operation, trauma or suffering radiation damage.
In the same way that the muscles in the arms, legs, or the torso can weaken, so can your inner musculature also be affected in the same way.
Another reason for hiatal hernia and reflux can be pregnancy.
Which is not surprising really. A baby in the stomach cavity presses upwards increasing abdominal pressure. When the diaphragm is exposed to this extra pressure the hole in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes, can become enlarged and weakened.
It is common for pregnant women to suffer from heartburn and acid reflux because the mouth of the stomach cannot close tightly and the gastric contents leak out into the esophagus.
The symptoms of reflux often remain even after childbirth.
As we get older our muscles weaken. It is good to be physically active if you can, but unfortunately everyday training such as gym visits, walks and swimming.
But it cannot strengthen all the internal muscles that are part of the swallowing process, e.g. the esophagus and stomach, which are the most common underlying factors for reflux.
Previously it was thought that you could not train these inner muscles. But research has shown that it can be achieved successfully through oral neuromuscular training.
You can reach the inner musculature of the swallowing process by exercising with an oral device. The training triggers a pre-programmed chain of events to the 148 muscles through the nerve paths that are activated every time we swallow.
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