Reflux disease (GERD)

Typical symptoms associated with reflux (GERD) include heartburn. It happens when the stomach slides up through the diaphragm so that gastric juice leaks into the esophagus. We explains why you get reflux and how to treat the root cause.

With reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD) you can also experience a lump in your throat, coughing, mucus in your throat and nausea. Symptoms similar to asthma may also occur with reflux.

Reflux problems often means that you have chronic or recurring symptoms. For some it can be difficult to explain how it feels. A recurring experience is acid reflux or an unpleasant pain in the upper abdomen.

This type of reflux disease is common, but very few people get help for their symptoms. You should not have to put up with untreated reflux issues. There is effective treatment you can start on your own without contact with your doctor.

If you are worried about your level of discomfort or feel that it affects your everyday life, the recommendation is always to contact your health care provider. However, it does not prevent you from starting the treatment while you wait for an examination.

Specialist nurse Charlotte Pålsson explains: What is reflux and why do you get it? (Chooose English captions)

Causes of reflux

Reflux is caused by the opening in the diaphragm, where the oesophagus passes through, becoming weakened, so the upper part of the stomach slides freely up and down through the gap.

When the stomach is able to freely slide up into the chest cavity, the lower oesophageal sphincter loses the ability to stay tight, which allows corrosive acid to leak up into the oesophagus.

The oesophagus is not made to withstand the strong gastric juices, which is the cause of the burning sensation, pain and discomfort that many describe from reflux. The root cause of these problems often comes from a hiatal hernia.

Symptoms

The experience of reflux varies from person to person. Whether you have a small or large leak of gastric juices into the oesophagus, you may suffer from reflux.

The symptoms that appear in your everyday life may include:

  • A change in your voice
  • Respiratory problems
  • Dry cough
  • Frothy and tough saliva
  • The feeling of a lump in the throat. 

In some cases, gastric juices may cause damage to the mucous membranes of the oesophagus (such as inflammation, ulcers, or cell changes) even if you have not felt your reflux to be a major problem.

Reflux treatment

Reflux is not something that needs to be endured. Fortunately, you can now get treatment for reflux. But contact your health provider if you are worried about your level of discomfort

The neuromuscular training device IQoro is a natural treatment for reflux with no side effects which is scientifically proven.

The goal of the exercise with IQoro is to strengthen the entire muscle chain, from the lips down to the diaphragm and stomach. Through natural communication pathways from the mouth to the brain, muscles are activated from the face, mouth, throat and oesophagus all the way down to the diaphragm and stomach.

Gradually, the diaphragm strengthens and alleviates your problems. The trouble-free periods become longer, to be completely eliminated over time by naturally treating the cause behind your reflux. 

You can use the training device at home, at work or while travelling. The training takes only 90 seconds a day.

When you feel that you are symptom free, it is good to keep up with regular training to maintain the effects.

Read more about how you train with IQoro.

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.