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Everything you need to know about pain and how we can help you

One of the aspects of surgery that is often overlooked is the adhesions that can result. The ensuing restriction and pain are often severe. DMR Therapy® is normally much faster and more effective than conventional therapy, is not invasive and has no negative side effects.

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. Family and work relationships are strained to the limit. Although ADHESIONS are often (but not always) the cause of this pain, treatment for adhesions is not performed either because the surgeon does not believe that adhesions can cause the problem, or because lysis of adhesions is considered too difficult or futile.


Adhesions are an almost inevitable outcome of surgery, and the problems that they cause are widespread and sometimes severe. It has been said by some that adhesions are the single most common and costly problem related to surgery, and yet most people have not even heard the term. This lack of awareness means that, excluding infertility, many doctors are unable or unwilling to tackle the problems of adhesions and many insurance companies are unwilling to pay for treatment and many patients are left in misery.”

Connective tissue envelops muscles, muscle fibers and bones. This same tissue, in slightly different consistency, also envelops veins, individual nerves and organs throughout the body. Unhealthy connective tissue or fascia is an important factor in muscle pain and restriction.

The abdominal and pelvic areas contain many organs in very close proximity. The connective tissue supports, envelops and protects the organs. The fibrin in the connective tissue, because of its slippery quality, allows expansion and movement of bowels and organs as they perform their functions without restriction.

Adhesions can form between any of these organs and can pull at a structure, obstructing or strangling delicate organs, causing pain. Many problems such as restricted movement, decreased function, painful menstrual periods, infertility, digestive problems and unidentified pain are caused by these adhesions, especially in the abdominal and pelvic areas.

Adhesion formation is a natural healing response to trauma and inflammation. The body deposits fibrin into injured tissues, which act like a glue to seal the injury and encourage the deposition of a cellular matrix containing collagen. This may also, however, cause tissues that should be separate to adhere to one another. The collagen fibers are laid down randomly to protect the area from trauma to the tissues. As the body’s tissues heal and adhesions are formed, the tissues begin to shrink and pull, which result in restricted movement of the area. It is the same healing process that forms scar tissue or keloids on the skin.

Ideally, this tissue serves its function and is then reabsorbed by the body. Unfortunately this is often not the case, especially after surgery. Depending on the points of attachment, these adhesions can cause chronic pain that is often undiagnosed. Very often the body heals, but the adhesions remain, joining structures from different bodily systems with strong glue-like bonds that can last a lifetime. These bonds can twist or strangle intestines or cause loss of function or range of motion over time in different areas of their body.

Adhesion-related twisting and pulling of internal organs can result in severe pain. When adhesions occur around the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes, infertility may also result. They may also cause inflammation on the walls of the uterus, producing painful periods and many other problems. While all of these may decrease reproductive function, they don’t always cause pain.

If adhesions form around the digestive tract, pancreas, liver or intestines, the person may well experience pain in the abdomen, constipation or diarrhea. It may be diagnosed as colitis, Crohn’s Disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

CAUSES OF ADHESIONS:

Adhesions usually form after surgery, infection, inflammation, trauma, or radiation therapy treatment. They may form as a thin tissue or a coarse, thick curtain. They can be small strands that bind loops of intestine together or larger ropes that physically restrict movement.

Surgery is the primary cause of adhesions. One study shows that more than 90% of patients develop adhesions after abdominal surgery, and in the case of pelvic surgery in women, up to 100%, often causing recurrent or chronic pain or restriction of movement.’

Below is a list of some of the surgeries that most often cause adhesions:

  • abortion
  • adhesion removal
  • appendectomy
  • back surgery
  • bowel obstruction surgery
  • cesarean section
  • episiotomy
  • gastric bypass surgery
  • gynecological incisions
  • hip surgery
  • hysterectomy
  • laparoscopy
  • plastic surgery

Inflammation and infections also cause adhesions, although inflammation is part of the natural healing process. The body can form protective sheets of tissue, threads or other structures to contain and protect the organs, but after healing is complete, the adhesions often remain and the body has little or no ability to correct this condition on its own.

The following is a list of some of causes of inflammation and infection that can lead to the formation of adhesions:

  • appendicitis
  • colitis
  • cystitis
  • diverticulitis
  • endometriosis
  • gastritis
  • hepatitis
  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • ulcer
  • vaginitis
  • venereal disease

Traumas such as direct blows to the area, accidents or physical and sexual abuse can also cause adhesions. Chemotherapy directly affects the connective tissue that envelops organs, “drying out” or otherwise affecting its function. The trauma of the chemicals also can cause adhesions to form, gluing one structure to another nearby.

TREATMENT

Conventional medicine is very limited in its ability to remedy adhesions. A common solution for feminine reproductive problems is a hysterectomy, although hysterectomies themselves are one of the principal causes of adhesions. Standard treatment is to surgically operate and cut the adhesive tissue in an operation called “lysis of adhesions”. Though this procedure is invasive and traumatic, it is very common since the problem of adhesions can be debilitating to the patient. The obvious disadvantage is the danger involved with surgery in general. Cutting near very delicate tissue requires great care not to cause further damage. The greater danger is that the trauma involved in the surgery itself causes further adhesion formation. It is not uncommon to repeat this procedure a number of times in a vicious cycle of surgery and subsequent adhesion formation. Most surgery in the abdominal and pelvic areas has been shown to cause further adhesions. In a large study of 29,790 participants published in the British medical journal Lancet, 35% of patients who underwent open abdominal or pelvic surgery were readmitted to the hospital an average of two times after their surgery due to adhesion-related complications.

DMR Therapy® uses a combination of manual techniques to relieve and dissolve adhesions and separate structures that have adhered together. A constant pressure might be exerted, slowly going deeper and deeper into the affected area. Sometimes the glued organs can be physically separated. In many cases the adhesive tissue changes its physical properties with direct pressure. Just as the fascia enveloping the muscles changes its consistency with pressure and stretching, this tissue often reacts much in the same way.

Many describe this as a satisfying or liberating pain, primarily feeling a great sense of relaxation and relief or as a weight lifted or as a release of energy. Frequently underlying negative emotions are liberated and memories or traumatic events released, producing a physically and emotionally catharsis. It can be extremely relieving and satisfying to feel that finally someone has arrived at the core of the problem. Dramatic relief can often be experienced in the first session. Patients often report leaving with a sense of deep relaxation, emotional relief and a sense of wellness and flow that they had not felt previously.

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