Massaging the tissue around the diaphragm could decrease acid reflux in those with the disease of gastroesophageal reflux, as per a preliminary trial. In today’s world when there is opioid addiction and antibiotic resistance, scientist, doctors and public are interested in finding an alternative to medicines. Researchers have recently reviewed a drug-free method to reduce GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux disease).
According to the findings published in a journal titled Scientific Reports, the study focused on individuals with GERD which commonly affects 18.1-27.8% adults in US. Acid reflux happens when stomach contents like stomach acid go up into esophagus. It can cause a burning sensation called heartburn. In many individuals with GERD, acid reflux can occur regularly which can notably impact the quality of life. Present options of treatments include prolonged use of PPIs. Though the medicines are effective, these drugs could cause adverse effects in few individuals which could raise chronic kidney diseases’ risk. Researchers involved in the study studied whether MFR (Myofascial Release) would reduce the GERD symptoms.
The research coordinator of the study Professor María Dolores Arguisuela said that fascia is the body’s tissue that bundles around structures like vessels, bones, muscles, organs, and it has the duty of sustaining and supporting, sliding between planes and transmitting tensions. As per the authors of the study, MFR is a technique that is done manually which involves applying low load, stretch of long duration to the complex of myofascial that is intended for decreasing pain, restoring best length and improving function.
The scientists wanted to know whether MFR could reduce acid reflux, improve quality of life and reduce the PPIs that patients need to take. They said that MFR intervention in this study was aiming to stretch muscle fibers of the diaphragm.
Researchers were focusing on massaging the tissue surrounding the diaphragm as it is above stomach and it helps to stop the stomach acid from going up into esophagus.