Hiatal hernia can be recognized by their various symptoms. Signs that are indicative for hiatal hernia are pain behind the breastbone, problems in swallowing, heartburn and constant burping. Diaphragm is a muscle separating your chest from your stomach. Stomach belongs to your abdomen area and is underneath your diaphragm. Esophageal hiatus is a hole in your diaphragm. That hole is the place where your esophagus can move to your stomach. When a part of your stomach slips in your diaphragm, it presses your esophagus. That condition is hiatal hernia.Hiatal hernia can be present in newborns. More often it is a result of activities in life that can cause diaphragm to lose its strength. Main causes for the appearance of this problem are smoking, not enough sleep, gaining too much weight and emotional and physical stress.In order to treat this condition you should stop smoking, stop drinking coffee and alcohol, stop eating too much, and make sure that the clothes you are wearing are easy. In treating hiatal hernia, even massage can help. By using your hands, find the end of your breastbone. Then put your fingers beneath the bone and push them gently down to the belly button. You have to be relaxed while doing this. This massage should be repeated a few times a day. It is the best to do this twice a day. First time massage the belly in the morning, and second time before going to bed. While you are in the lying position, relax for five minutes and then drink a glass of water. After that, jump from a chair to the floor. When you have water in your stomach, it increases your belly weight so while jumping the part of the stomach that is dislocated upward will come down and release the pressure from esophagus. When you are under stress or having some other negative feeling, your autonomic nervous system can recognize those feelings and react. Those reactions affect the functioning of all the vital organs in your body, which also disrupts the function of your digestive tract. Therefore, you should learn how to relax, master some of the relaxation techniques in order to lose the tension. You can even consult a specialist regarding these relaxation techniques. When you learn how to relax and shut down all the negative feelings, it will help you in healing hiatal hernia. Sometimes this only is enough for treating the problem successfully.