It has been shown that, once primary heart problems are excluded, tachycardia and / or extrasystole may depend on gastric reflux and / or hiatal hernia.
Recent scientific studies, including one carried out in 2005 by Prof. Annibale Sandro Montenero, head of the functional unit of electrophysiology at the Laboratory of Cardiac Surgery and Experimental Cardiology of the Catholic University, has shown how extrasystole is often accompanied by slow digestion or gastroesophageal reflux, and highlights how the resolution of the extrasystole can also derive from the normalization of gastric functions.
Fortunately, the therapeutic reality has evolved, and it has been discovered that gastric functions are often altered by mechanical phenomena, that is, by imbalances in the muscular, fascial and postural systems.
In particular, the diaphragm muscle, with its accessory inspiratory muscles (those of the chest and neck), are most responsible for the onset of gastric reflux disease and / or a hiatal hernia, resulting in tachycardia or exstrasystole.
But let’s see why and how to intervene.
More than often, the main cause, once verified that the cardiac system of the patient is fine, is the acid-reflux and or hiatal hernia. The cardiologist usually ascribes the pathology to the stress. He’s right. The problem is in the diaphragm that is influenced by our mood swings (in fact it is defined the muscle of the emotions) and it reacts by shortening and making a constant pressure on the stomach. Since the lower tip of the heart is in close contact with the diaphragm, acid reflux and aerogastria can be the cause of tachycardia.
Every form of aerogastria (the air inside the stomach) affects the heartbeat and the diaphragm, resulting in a syndrome of anxiety (phrenospasm, H. Jarricot). The patient becomes restless because of the accelerated heartbeat, and is afraid of a heart attack. Not even the cardiologist can calm him down, the anxiety remains and sometimes it becomes a real claustrophobia and/or agoraphobia (the fear of the crowd). Sometimes it can result in the terror of being alone.
The most serious crisis often happen after lunch, especially after drinking soda pops. Sometimes, anguish can transform itself in real panic attacks. If, during those moments, this patient undergoes a radioscopy it is possible to see that his left hemidiaphragm has moved up. This can be caused by aerogastria or aerocolia (the air inside the colon, always caused by the block of the diaphragm that can affect the abdominal blood flow). These symptoms can be associated with nocturnal cough, difficulty in concentration and hypoglycemia, sometimes with morning lethargy and fatigue.
The patient can go through his anxiety if implementing a specific bioenergetic psychotherapy that is also part of the Trabucco method. In order to solve his anguish, the patient must go through his physical problem.
For this reason it is important to follow a specific physiotherapic program in order to learn how to handle stress and anxiety. In the case of tachycardia caused by the reflux or hiatal hernia, it is necessary to implement specific breathing techniques that allow to stretch and make the diaphragm flexible and that are considered the best treatment.
However, the first thing to do is analyzing the general situation of the patient because, besides the digestion and the vascular and lymphatic circulation, the numerous functions of the diaphragm can also affect the mechanics of the spine. In fact, it is not rare that after a postural and biomechanical visit we can discover that the diaphragm has been affected by a vertebral problem. In this case, it is necessary to act on the mechanics of the spine thus unblocking and counterbalancing the functionality of the diaphragm and, as a consequence, the functionality of the gastro-esophageal system, giving great benefits to the heart, no more affected by pressures.
Any healing takes place always and only when the cause of the pathology is acted upon.
It is normal for everything new, especially in medicine, to give rise to initial doubts, which are still canceled today by the evidence of the results that my patients get every day.
A study published in the American Journal of Phisiology and conducted by the Medical Clinic Department of the Federal University of Ceara (Brazil) has in fact shown that specific maneuvers, combined with breathing exercises to flexibilize and lengthen the diaphragm and all accessory respiratory muscles, are successful to reduce consumption, burning due to reflux, acting on the cause.
The Trabucco integrated protocol often allows the basic problem that caused the onset of reflux and / or a hiatal hernia to be solved.
For treatment, the patient undergoes a postural evaluation to discover the various structural alterations that are related to the gastroesophageal problem. The specific treatment plan is then elaborated to bring the anatomical components that need correction into balance, as well as teaching the patient correct respiratory work, to allow the relaxation, elongation and flexibility of the diaphragm, so that this muscle can finally return in a correct relationship with the esophagus and stomach, and thus prevent or resolve the problems caused by reflux.
It is necessary to emphasize that, in addition to the treatment in the studio, it is important to carry out the exercises at home above all, to maintain the corrections over time, and therefore the results obtained, repeating them at least 4 times a week, in order to be able to significantly improve one’s quality. of life.
In this regard, a self-care protocol consisting of some videos has been developed for patients who undergo treatment in the studio, where it is explained in detail how to best perform these physiotherapy techniques, even at home alone. the simplicity of execution.
According to my statistics, the symptom that can quickly be reduced by the physiotherapeutic techniques is tachycardia (or extrasystole) caused by the acid reflux.
You can start taking 30 breaths before falling asleep at night, and 30 breaths in the morning when you wake up. Then you can implement a more intense respiration from at least ten minutes up to 30 minutes per day. In this way, as soon as you feel a relief in the diaphragm area, you can move on and try the other techniques above mentioned.
Important: You can accompany this kind of physiotherapeutic program, drinking a depurative and soothing infusion, like lemon and mallow infusion. You must drink it in the morning before breakfast.
- 350/400 ml of water
- 1 tea spoon of mallow
- few drops or a tea spoon of lemon. You can use an entire lemon as soon as you feel better
After boiling some water, pour mallow in it. Let the infusion rest for ten minutes, covering the small pot with a lid in order to preserve the essential oils of mallow and then filter it.
If, in the mornings, you don’t have time to prepare it, you can put it in the fridge at night and heat it when you wake up. Add lemon juice by gradually filtering it and sip it with a straw in order to prevent the citric acid to damage the whiteness of the teeth. Together with the infusion, I suggest you to take a tea spoon of oil of olive for two months. It is useful for the depuration of the liver.
N.B. Although lemon has an acid Ph, once drunk, it produces alkaline ash, that’s why it can be useful to treat the acid reflux as well. After 10 or 15 minutes from the ingestion of the infusion, you can start eating your breakfast, picking a seasonal fruit or a green tea without lemon, the latter, in fact, would nullify the antioxidants of the tea. You can also eat toasted whole bread or whole rusks or whole biscuits without gluten with clarified butter (if you want) and unsweetened jam.
Clarified butter is very useful in case of gastritis, ulcer, tympanites and diarrhea. Basically, it is a kind of butter without casein; the remaining part is called butyric acid, it is a short-chain fatty acid. Even tough it is a saturated fatty acid (since it comes from the animals) it is useful for the energy metabolism of many organs, like intestine, heart and brain.
Many symbiont intestine bacteria, that is to say those that are important for the human beings, produce butyric acid that we use as an energy source. Consequently, the more butyric acid, the best for the intestine. The same is true for the stomach and the other organs.
NB. You can drink your infusion whenever you feel during the day (it can also be a mallow infusion without lemon). For example you can drink it during mid-morning o mid-afternoon, or at night before going to bed because it helps to sleep. Don’t eat sugars at night (don’t eat pasta, bread, potatoes, rise, cakes, carrots or green beans). Sugar increases the levels of insulin that, in turn, stimulates the secretion of the stress hormones (cortisol, catecholamine etc). During the night, cortisol, insulin and catecholamine must remain at the lowest level because a high level may prevent the depuration and the regeneration of the lean body mass and stimulate, on the contrary, the protein based catabolism (in the course of time, this may alter the whole structure protecting the cardias and the diaphragmatic pillars, that is to say the lean body mass – the proteins).
These hormones must be increased during the day. Moreover, either black and milky chocolate reduce the tone of the LES and of the diaphragmatic hiatus.
MRGE and psyche
On behalf of the psycho emotional aspect, it is true that emotions are one of the main causes (together with mechanical problems) of the gastro-esophageal reflux, for this reason I suggest you to take part to a Bioenergetic and or Mindfulness course.