Ulcerative colitis (UC) is one of the most common of all of the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). All of the IBDs are a result of chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. Chrohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive tract and UC affects only the colon and rectum.1
Ulcerative Colitis causes sores (ulcers) in the lining of the large intestine (colon). This process begins with inflammation of the lining and the more inflammation there is, the worse the symptoms can be. UC can affect people of any age, but most people are diagnosed by age 30.1
A single cause has yet to be identified for these extremely painful conditions. It has been shown that chronic inflammation within the body and lowered immune response, seem to trigger and/or exacerbate the condition.1
Some of the main symptoms include: severe stomach pain/cramps, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. Other symptoms that may occur are widespread joint pain, skin rashes, eye problems, weight loss, anemia and eventually liver disease. Additionally, those who have had UC for 8 years or more have a higher chance of developing colon cancer.1
Traditional medical treatment includes diet modification recommendations and medications to reduce/control the intestinal inflammation. These medications often include prolonged use of steroids and other substances that overtime will compromise our immune and nervous systems further and allow the disease process to continue.
Chiropractic care has also been shown to be very effective with the management of this condition. Instead of simply treating the symptoms, spinal adjustments help to correct the physiological dysfunction within the system as a whole. “When we become overly stressed, our bodies store this stress physiologically and when these patterns persist, the body begins to exhibit symptoms. In terms of a digestive disorder like UC, our body is letting us know that the parasympathetic and sympathetic