Abdominal and intestinal pain is often much easier to treat than one is lead to believe. DMR therapy® addresses the often ignored important factors of this pain of “unknown causes”.
In this article I offer some alternative views on the origin and elimination of common abdominal pain that is often not easily dealt with in the traditional medical system.
Abdominal pain may involve any of the organs of the area such as the stomach, intestines, colon, gall bladder, pancreas, liver, kidneys, bladder or reproductive organs. These organs can become restricted or obstructed due to infections, surgeries or trauma. Pain may also be caused by trigger points in the muscles such as those of the abdominal wall or the diaphragm. The fascia surrounding and encasing the abdomen and its organs can also be tight and restricted, which can cause loss of mobility, tightness and pain.
The causes of abdominal pain can be varied and interrelated. The following are four of the principal causes of abdominal and intestinal pain:
- STRESS is probably the greatest direct cause of abdominal pain. Most of us hold our negative emotions in the area of the abdomen. Many of us can feel the tightening that occurs with fear or anger or distress. Stress can be an important indirect factor also. Stress affects our whole body. Our organ function is impeded. Acidity is increased in the stomach, which can build up to reflux in the esophagus. All bodily function is inhibited by stress.
- Traditional medicine has no real remedy. A doctor might give a prescription to relax the muscles. A psychiatrist can prescribe stress reduction medication, but these really never deal with the source of the problem and they always have negative side effects.
- SURGERY is a massive assault on the body, a traumatic invasion. Though it has a remarkable ability to heal, there are unusually some long-term effects. The trauma of surgery can remain, affecting the surrounding area and its organs. Neighboring muscles can remain tense and painful. Collagen fibers are laid down randomly to form scar tissue which lacks the elastic quality of original tissue. It often adheres to muscle and other structures and can pull and bind. The healing process after surgery almost always produces adhesions in and between the structures involved. Adhesions can cause extreme pain and restriction of function.
- Traditional medicine has few options for post-operative pain beyond pain medications, which mask the pain rather than deal with it. Further surgery to remove post-operative adhesions almost always causes more adhesions, beginning a vicious cycle.
- TRAUMA of the abdominal area can cause pain. It can be caused by surgery, as mentioned above, or by accidents or physical abuse. Chemo and radiation greatly affect the delicate tissues of the body, especially the fascia, which can be extremely painful.
- Traditional medicine has little to offer for pain generated from chemotherapy or radiation and generally doesn’t address the origin of subsequent chronic pain.
- DISEASES. Digestive problems are difficult to diagnose and often even more difficult to treat. Sometimes, however, they may be remedied with the DMR techniques used at health at hand.
- Traditional medicine often identifies digestive problems and inflammation in terms of disease such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, pelvic pain syndrome or colitis when the causes often have more to do with emotional stress or adhesions.
THE DMR THERAPY® APPROACH
Abdominal and intestinal pain is often much easier to treat than one is lead to believe. There are four major areas not generally recognized, which may contribute to digestive problems and pain in this area if the problem cannot easily be diagnosed:
- Muscle tension and trigger points can cause pain. The psoas is a large muscle that runs along the inside of the spine. Women diagnosed with ovarian pain or other gynecological pain may be actually suffering from trigger points in this muscle. The psoas lies behind a number of organs and pain in the psoas often causes pain the nearby structures. The diaphragm, if tight, can affect the function of the esophagus that passes through it, causing reflux and an acidic feeling in the stomach. Trigger points in it can feel like a peptic ulcer or gall bladder disease.
FROM MYOFASCIAL PAIN AND DYSFUNCTION, THE TRIGGER POINT MANUAL VOL. I, TRAVELL AND SIMONS, CHAPTER 49
“Abdominal trigger points may cause as much distress from induced visceral dysfunction as from referred pain. Symptoms referred from these trigger points commonly confuse the diagnostic process by mimicking visceral pathology….Gutstein observed that the patient is likely to describe the distress caused by abdominal trigger points as “burning”, “fullness”, “bloating”, “swelling” or “gas”…”
“Conversely, visceral disease can activate trigger points in somatic structures that may perpetuate pain and other symptoms long after the patient has recovered from the initiating visceral disease.”
A LIST OF SOME OF THE PAIN PATHOLOGIES CAUSED OR MIMICKED BY TRIGGER POINTS IN THE ABDOMINAL WALLS (ALSO TAKEN FROM CHAPTER 49”):
- abdominal fullness
- acute appendicitis
- colic, cramping, burping
- gynecological disease
- hiatal hernia
- menstrual pain (severe)
- pain into groin and testicle
- pelvic pain syndrome
- penis (sharp pain)
- peptic ulcer
- urinary frequency, retention of urine
- urinary tract disease
- FASCIA envelops the abdomen, all the organs and muscles including the psoas, diaphragm and those of the abdominal wall. Tightness of the fascia is painful in itself, and can encase the muscle, strangle intestines, impede organ function and restrict movement. Stretching the fascia of the lower back that can often be felt as release into the abdomen. Stretching the fascia of the abdominal wall muscles can be extremely relieving and relaxing in itself as well as the first step in releasing the muscles which are encased by it.
- ADHESIONS are medically recognized as the cause of pain in the abdomen. Much surgery is performed to relieve pain from adhesions. As mentioned above, surgery does have its dangers in its nature, plus surgery is one of the most common CAUSES of adhesions that often begins a vicious cycle of adhesion/surgery/more adhesions.
From The International Adhesion Society website, www.adhesions.org:
Chronic pelvic pain and/or associated intestinal disturbance are a major cause of misery for thousands of patients. Often in constant pain, the patient experiences loneliness, hopelessness, frustration and desperation with thoughts of suicide.
FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:
ARD, Adhesion related disorder – This little known condition commonly leads to abnormal attachments between the organs inside the abdomen. The adhesions generally are composed of scar tissue resulting from previous operations. Very little is known about why adhesions form more aggressively in some people. Diagnosis of the disease is typically difficult, and surgical correction is often unsuccessful.
Adhesions as a cause of abdominal pain is extremely under diagnosed and a lot of abdominal pain attributed to other reasons is actually caused by adhesions (see section on adhesions). Working manually deeply and carefully into the adhesions directly is surprisingly effective in dissolving the adhesions and separating the structures that are stuck together and therefore impaired.
- EMOTIONAL CAUSES of abdominal pain is very often overlooked but probably the most common. Negative emotions stress all the systems of the body, but are most often centered in the abdominal area. Stretching the fascia of the area or close by can be deeply relaxing and can help put a person in almost a semiconscious state. Working deep into the abdomen can be relaxing or painful at first, depending on the person. If a painful area, is found, often holding it will slowly dissolve the pain. When the pain finally disappears, the emotional underpinning is sometimes revealed. Once exposed, the emotion that caused the pain often disappears. As more and more of these emotions are released, a sense of profound relaxation and relief is experienced and often the pain disappears completely.