Santa Barbara Chiropractor for over 30 years
Acid and Silent Reflux
Treating Hiatal Hernias


Dr. Girard has been successfully treating the cause of hiatal hernias and acid reflux for over 35 years. In that time, she has discovered related factors that lead to digestive issues, acid reflux, silent reflux, chronic cough, sour stomach and sinus issues and has developed significant strategies to treat these and other related issues.

Many people believe that acid reflux problems are caused by too much acid in the stomach. While stress and worry will cause the stomach to overproduce acid and cause ulceration of the stomach lining and subsequent pain, this acid will not reflux into the esophagus or the oral cavity unless the stomach has protruded above the diaphragm. This protrusion is called a hiatal hernia. The protrusion is allowed to happen by a lax cardiac sphincter, which is located in the diaphragm and acts to allow food to proceed down the esophageal tract while preventing stomach acid or food to reflux back up the tract.

Hiatal hernias can be diagnosed though x-ray. 35 years ago the medical profession’s treatment was to perform surgery to pull the stomach back in place. This was often a painful surgery, with poor results. Now, they prescribe medication that act as acid blockers, which, if taken for a long period of time, damage the digestive tract.

Chiropractors and osteopaths have long been able to diagnose this condition without the expense and radiation exposure of an x-ray. In addition, they have developed effective treatments for correcting hiatal hernias and the other related issues causing acid or silent reflux.

Treatments include various corrections made on the body and several reflex alignments that allow the nervous system to correct the stomach’s tendency to overproduce acid. These alignments are made over a series on one to three visits. One or more supplements may be prescribed to patients in order to train the stomach to produce correct amounts of acid.

The stomach produces and needs hydrochloric acid and pepsin to digest proteins. Proper protein digestion is absolutely necessary in maintaining the health and function of organs and muscles. Blocking proper protein digestion is never a good idea when other healing protocols are available.

You do not have to suffer any more from stomach pain, acid reflux, chronic cough or sleeping issues. Dr. Girard will be happy to consult with you and see if your condition can be successfully treated with her healing protocols. Call today for an appointment to see if your issues related to a hiatal hernia or esophageal spasm.

For further information and to read about other health issues, read so of Dr. Girard’s blogs.


Dr. Valerie Girard, Santa Barbara Chiropractor

Your Family Chiropractic Health and Wellness Specialist
1725 State Street B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   (805) 687-1617  (805) 682-1365 fx.

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As one of Santa Barbara's long term chiropractors, Dr. Girard offers brief consultations by phone to determine if she can assist you with your health care needs. She will direct you to other practitioners if she cannot provide you with the health care that best serves you.