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Massage For Abdominal Adhesions

Abdominal pain can be one of the most frustrating conditions for both those who are suffering from the pain & for their doctors. Because the vast majority of abdominal adhesions (sticky spots between tissues) will not show up in diagnostic imaging, medical practitioners can sometimes end up at a loss on how to help their patient out of pain. This is where knowledgeable, trained massage & manual therapists can be such a huge help.

There are a wide range of issues that can cause abdominal pain & it is of course always best to get checked out by your doctor to see if anything stands out in MRI, x-ray or any other diagnostic tests. For many people, imaging & other tests reveal no problems. If that is the case for you, here are a couple of things to consider :

1.There is hope. In spite of the fact that the vast majority of abdominal adhesions are not extensive enough to show up on pictures, those adhesions can cause an extraordinary amount of pain & discomfort. The good news is that they can be manually felt & often released by trained practitioner who knows what they are doing, or by yourself, if you have some knowledge of what you are feeling for.

2.It’s not rocket science. Though belly pain & discomfort (especially once it has become chronic pain or discomfort ) can be complex nut to crack, it is possible to find a way out of it. For most people this requires a combination of manual therapy/ massage, increased movement everyday, & a fundamental calming of the central nervous system. The beautiful part about this is that each of these aspects of recovery feeds the other. The tricky part can be figuring out where to start.

For some people, the starting place is with mindfulness or meditation practices in order to reduce some of the mind chaos around their pain & discomfort so they can more comfortably make other decisions about which manual or other energetic treatments (such as acupuncture : )to pursue.

Yet others, the starting place is to start by finding a practitioner they trust who can asses the tissues of the belly & abdomen & create an initial treatment plan in order to start directly releasing the problematic tissues. Some people prefer to learn to do this assessment & specific massage for themselves.

Everyone is different & there is no one “right” way. Just know that when it comes to abdominal pain & discomfort, there are options through massage & manual therapy that have proven effective for many, many people.


I have seen websites claiming that deep tissue massage will help abdominal adhesions. For me I didn’t want to have any deep pressure put on an area I was already in pain with ! I did abdominal stretching exercises. plus Thai massage, swimming & kayaking for overall fitness & build strength back into the stomach muscles.

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