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I wonder if there are certain exercises that might strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter?
Good question @pd02. According to this article by LiveStrong the lower esophageal sphincter doesn’t respond to exercises http://www.livestrong.com/article/312504-lower-esophageal-sphincter-exercise/
“The upper esophageal sphincter can respond favorably to isometric and isokinetic neck extensions, but no physical exercise exists to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter. By lifting and holding the neck from a supine position for 60 seconds at a time, you create enough tension in the muscle associated with the upper esophageal sphincter that it can strengthen the valve. Doing a similar lift and holding within the abdominal region of the body cannot provide the same results for the lower esophageal sphincter.”
This article http://www.everydayhealth.com/gerd/take-a-deep-breath-for-gerd-relief.aspx cites a “small study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology showed that participants who learned breathing techniques to strengthen the diaphragm had less reflux over time than those who didn’t get the training.”
Has anyone has success with such breathing exercises? cc @jafd @dandl48 @cbs61752
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Thank you, Colleen Young, for the articles. The second article again has referred me to yoga meditation. Some doctors in Kathmandu have suggested that kapalvati and bhastrika breathing may help the LES. I just wanted to make sure.
Interesting article and it couldn’t hurt as a adjunct to your prescribed meds. But please note the 1st sentence where it says ” if you have mild gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), your breathing could play a role in your overall treatment plan. I don’t have “mild” GERD and most people here don’t.
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