Stretching and releasing tension of certain muscles in the abdominal region can be highly beneficial for the relief of many digestive issues such as acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion.
Our oesophagus is connected to the stomach by a cluster of muscles called the lower oesophageal sphincter(LOS). When everything is functioning optimally, LOS opens to let food into the stomach, and closes again keeping the stomach acid and food contained so it doesn’t flow back up into the oesophagus. However, if the LOS doesn’t close properly, or gets weak or damaged, the stomach acid can leak back up, and we feel a burning sensation.
When our abdominal muscles, and especially the diaphragm tenses up excessively (usually due to extreme stress), the constriction can inhibit the proper workings of the lower oesophageal sphincter and affect the correct alignment and function of the digestive organs.
The following exercises can help.