I have had several abdominal surgeries myself and am a firm believer in the benefits of yoga and/or pilates for reducing residual abdominal pain associated with adhesions.
You need not be highly flexible nor a human pretzel to derive meaningful benefits from yoga. My favorite yoga poses and posture are the more basic and gentle postures. Yoga acts like an internal massage, mobilizing adhesions and promoting motility of the GI tract. Yoga also quiets the mind and is a good medium for centering one's thoughts and promoting relaxation.
There are lots of options for practicing yoga. You can purchase a beginner's DVD, join a class in your community, practice with a You-Tube video, purchase a yoga magazine or book with illustrations and helpful tips.
If you have not tried yoga for pain control, give it a try. Start slowly with basic postures and poses. I consider yoga part of my daily routine, like brushing my teeth. Especially on days when I am my most fatigued and pained, I know that I will feel better for the effort.
- Karen -
Pituitary failure, wide-spread endocrine dysfunction
Mixed connective tissue disorder
Extensive intestinal perforation with sepsis, permanent ileostomy
Avascular necrosis of both hips and jaw
Receiving Palliative Care (care and comfort)