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Tummy Trouble

Abdominal Adhesions

The body was made to heal itself. If your body is sore, there is a reason. Whatever the reason, when you support the body by addressing the pain at the causative level, tissue heals, pain eases, scar tissue softens, hormones and cytokines regulate. 

Healing is a side effect of health.

Abdominal Adhesions  

Abdominal adhesions can be a driver of pelvic pain and abdominal tenderness. 

This is where bands of scar tissue can develop between the fascia, nerves, organs and tissues of the abdomen. These adhesions can cause organs or tissues that should move freely to stick together, potentially resulting in complications such as pain, bowel obstruction, or fertility issues. It can happen after surgery, infection, childbirth, endometriosis or trauma, to name a few.

 

Adhesions disrupt the natural movement and circulation of organs, often tangling tissues with scarring. This can lead to nerves adhering to the tissues, triggering a protective response from the brain to prevent potential nerve damage. The subsequent tension in muscles, characterized by sensitive areas, can indicate nerve entanglement within scar tissue.

 

If scar tissue becomes wrapped around organs or tissues it can cause a medical emergency if blood supply is cut off. If the bowel becomes strangled for example, sudden and severe pain be the first knowledge you have of it. Strangulation of any tissue by old scar tissue is a medical emergency if it goes too far, at which point surgery is the only option. Unfortunately, more surgery tends to cause more adhesions.  

Symptoms of Abdominal Adhesions

Symptoms associated with abdominal adhesions can vary widely. Some people may not experience any symptoms, while others may experience:

  1. Chronic Abdominal Pain: Persistent or intermittent discomfort in the abdomen, often dull or cramp-like.

  2. Digestive Issues: Bowel obstruction, characterized by severe abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, nausea, or vomiting.

  3. Limited Mobility: Pain or discomfort that worsens with movement.

  4. Changes in Bowel Habits: Diarrhea or constipation that are unexplained or recurring.

  5. Pelvic Pain: Particularly in women, adhesions might lead to pelvic pain or discomfort.

  6. Dyspareunia: persistent or recurrent pain experienced during sexual intercourse. 

 

These symptoms can vary depending on the location and extent of the adhesions and their impact on surrounding organs.

Where do Abdominal Adhesions come from?

Some common causes of abdominal adhesions include

  • abdominal surgery, laparoscopy, appendix or gallbladder removal, bowel surgery

  • infections

  • inflammation in abdominal organs or cavity

  • damage to the fat layer and fascia by gastric band surgery or fat removal

  • PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids

  • colitis, inflammatory bowel conditions

  • injuries

  • car accidents

  • trauma

  • giving birth naturally or by caesarean  

Cesarean Scars

Women with keloids on the cesarean scar have increased adhesions between the uterus and the bladder and between the uterus and the abdominal wall. (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20974460/)

Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy for Adhesions & Pelvic Pain

Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is a therapeutic technique that utilizes low-level electrical currents to target specific tissues and cells in the body, promoting the natural healing process and reducing inflammation and pain. In the context of endometriosis, FSM has shown promising results in managing pain, reducing inflammation, and improving tissue healing. By delivering specific frequencies through electrodes placed on the skin, FSM aims to restore cellular resonance and promote the body's self-repair mechanisms.

FSM is believed to work by modulating cellular signaling, promoting the release of endorphins, and facilitating the repair of damaged tissues. It can help alleviate the symptoms of endometriosis by reducing pelvic pain, addressing muscular tension, and improving blood flow to the affected areas. Additionally, FSM may support hormonal balance, immune function, and overall well-being, contributing to a holistic approach to managing endometriosis.

When using Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy to address this tender and constricted tissue, I've observed rapid softening of adhered tissues, alleviation of pain, and relaxation of abdominal muscles as trigger points vanish. This non-invasive therapy has demonstrated its ability to dissolve stubborn scar tissue gently within minutes. Personally, I've witnessed this treatment promote abdominal softening, ease tenderness, and enable deep palpation without discomfort – a significant improvement from the initial treatments when even light pressure caused exquisite abdominal pain.

Why Massage is not good Adhesions

Adhesive scar tissue is TOUGH, tough like gristle and hard to cut even with a knife. Massaging scar tissue pushes and pulls on this tenacious tissue and can cause bleeding and tissue tears, leading to further scar tissue. FSM doesn't tear or tug, it involves the gentle application of light pressure to the place where the resistance starts, then the frequencies do the work of softening and releasing, and the tissue all softens, drawing in the hand applying the light resistance to the point where the belly soft, supple and pain free. No tearing, no bleeding, no pain, no risk. 

Trigger points, and tight bands of muscle that don't respond to other treatments

Adhesions can occur between muscle and fascia, fascia and nerve, organs and fascia.... These areas will feel tight and tender to touch and won't respond to massage or trigger point therapy, which can acutally cause microbleeds in the tissue as it isn't supple.  The brain will always lock down muscle groups if there are nerves adhered to tissues. These zones tend to be characterised by cat-litter like trigger points that will only resolve when the risk has gone, and the nerves and tissues are freed. The only therapy I know of that can do this, and do this in literally seconds of applying the right combination of frequencies, is Frequency Specific Microcurrent. 

If the usual treatments for tight muscles and pain don't work, then try FSM. If it is due to adhesions, the tissue will melt under the practitioners hand, and in that moment you will know what it was all about. When the frequencies are correct, they appear to remove the pathologies almost immediately. To restore healthy pain-free function, you have to work at the cause.

What does the research say?

Double-blind studies mean that neither the patient nor the practitioner knows what treatment is being used. A study was designed to test the efficacy of Frequency Specific Microcurrent in the dissolution of scar tissue in rats. There was one single frequency combination that dissolved severe abdominal adhesions in three anesthetized rats most effectively.

 

The adhesions to be treated had been surgically created one week earlier. Once the rat was anesthetized, the abdomen was surgically opened so that the effects could be seen. Treatment was applied  outside the abdomen via electrode tips wrapped in wet gauze to conduct the current across the abdomen. The adhesion looked like stiff white gristle gluing the intestine to the abdominal wall. The study was planned to use five different frequency combinations to see if anything would change the adhesion. Each time one of the three rats were treated, the frequencies were in a different order, but every time the frequency combination 13 hertz (remove scar tissue) on channel A and 77 hertz (connective tissue) on channel B was used, the stiff, hard white scar tissue turned clear and liquefied. The adhesion turned from gristle to clear liquid mucus within five seconds and left the normal tissue untouched.

 

In the words of Dr Carolyn McMakin, "It was disorienting. Nothing in medicine works that way on this type of scar tissue. The implications for relief for millions of patients suffering from abdominal adhesions and pelvic pain were enormous. The next day, in a separate private clinic, we treated six patients with chronic pain from abdominal and pelvic adhesions, and all six left the treatment room pain-free at the end of sixty minutes."

(McMakin, Carolyn. The Resonance Effect: How Frequency Specific Microcurrent Is Changing Medicine (p. 135). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.)

Scar tissue can happen anywhere. 

  • spinal scar tissue from damaged discs can cause myelopathies

  • lymphatic scar tissue can cause problems with infection and even speaking if in the throat

  • burns can scar the skin deep into the unerlying layers and cause restriction of movement and hardening

  • scar tissue in the ear canal from old infections can damage hearing and drainage and predispose to further infection

  • surgical scar tissue can restrict joint and tissue mobility

  • adhesions in the dural sheath covering the spinal cord can upset cerebrospinal fluid flow and drainage

  • adhesions in the muscle sheath and fascia can restrict movement

Anywhere tissue has been damaged, scar tissue and adhesions can form and upset function. FSM is a blessing in all of these situations, and worth spreading the word. The body is meant to be supple, mobile and pain free, if it's not, there is always a reason. Treat the cause and the symptom will no longer be necessary. 

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