The primary concern I hear from people when they are considering receiving some kind of massage or manual therapy for their abdomen is that they are afraid it will make them feel worse – or that it will actually make their condition worse.
This is a natural and important thing to be concerned about. And here is the bottom line:
- When done correctly, manual therapy is the least-invasive, longest-term, and safest treatment for resolving abdominal adhesions and many other forms of abdominal distress. It is also probably the oldest treatment the world has for abdominal pain.
- Everything I teach on this site is based on years of working with clients and with my own belly. I don’t teach anything I haven’t used safely and with good results on myself and on my clients many times over. Of course, it is always necessary to get the ok from your doctor before beginning any new program, including what I offer here.
- Touching our pain (not just in the belly, but anywhere in the body) is one of the most powerful things we can do for our health and well-being. Staying connected to ourselves even in times of distress is an essential part of the healing process. After all, no one knows your body better than you do.
So, what did I mean when I said, “when done correctly”? There are, of course, ways to hurt yourself with manual therapy or massage – usually by doing too much too fast, or at the wrong time. Here is a whole page of questions and their answers to walk you through the process.