Swallowing issue? Check your neck!

  • Acid reflux and swallowing issues?  Me too!  Or so I thought.  Swallowing issues have been a problem of mine for quite a while.  I figured it was acid reflux related and I would just need to “deal with it”.  Sometimes I couldn’t get the food or medication down without adding liquid and swallowing 4 or 5 times.  It wasn’t an every day issue… just an annoying one.  

    A month ago I started doing physical therapy for an unrelated problem.  Part of the physical  therapy included releasing the muscles in my neck, which were quite tight.  I noticed fairly quickly that I was no longer having any issues with my swallowing.

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    It turns out that the muscles in my neck were so tight that they were putting pressure on my esophagus. Once those muscles loosened up the swallowing issue was a thing of the past.  I was amazed.

    If you have a swallowing issue please have it checked out by your doctor first.  Should the acid reflux be ruled out as a cause you may want to look further.  If you have had a previous car accident or even if you simply sit stooped over a computer all day, it could be a muscular issue.  It certainly couldn’t hurt to ask if your neck muscles could be contributing to the problem!

Published On: June 04, 2013