Lower esophageal spincter
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Description: The lower esophageal sphincter is the ring of smooth muscle fibers that separates the esophagus from the stomach. It's basically a barrier to prevent...
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The lower esophageal sphincter is the ring of smooth muscle fibers that separates the esophagus from the stomach. It's basically a barrier to prevent stomach contents from escaping into the food pipe. Whenever you eat or swallow, the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes, allowing food and liquid to pass into the stomach. For some people, this ring doesn't close properly or can even spontaneously open without cause, which leads to a backflow of acids, enzymes and undigested foods into the esophagus. This irritates the esophageal wall and causes symptoms associated with heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Guided imagery is basically a process of visualization in which you're guided by suggested images into a state of relaxation, explains the Academy for Guided Imagery. Once you're in a relaxed state, you can focus your attention on an assigned image associated with the digestive disorder. From there, you can work on correcting the problem, in this case a weakened or deficient lower esophageal sphincter. A trained practitioner is needed to fully engage in the practice, so talk to your doctor to find one near you.
If relaxation exercises fail to improve symptoms associated with a weakened or deficient lower esophageal sphincter, talk to your doctor about medication. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs are available to reduce or neutralize the stomach acids that are escaping into the esophagus and thereby improve discomfort.