Gastric reflux research

We're researching whether neck adjustments can be used to relieve acid reflux symptoms.

If you have neck pain or acid reflux, or both, and would like to take part in our survey, have a look at the following 5 min anonymous questionnaire.

Gastric reflux survey

Gastric reflux is a growing problem in the Western world. Research has focused mainly on anti-acid medication and surgery. However, there's little research on how the problem might begin. In particular, how the nerves controlling the valve at the stomach entrance might be affected by the roots of those nerves in the neck, due to neck problems.

People consider gastric reflux as normal, not realising that over time it can have serious consequences. It affects approximately 20% of UK adults, equal to 9.6 million people. There are 240,000 new cases of gasitric reflux disease (GORD) nationally every year. If not dealt with it can lead to complications such as Asthma, Laryngitis, oesophageal ulcers and oesophageal narrowing. In the long term, these can then lead to Barrett's Oesophagus and then Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma. The latter kills 7000 people each year in the UK and is the fastest rising cancer in the western world (Sahay P, 2011).

If we get enough people involved, the results of this research may help diagnose gastric reflux at an earlier stage (Bjornes et al, 2016).

Thank you for taking part

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