Questions, questions, questions. I get questions! And, I am always happy to answer!
Please keep in mind, however, as is stated at this blog, I am not providing medical advice. The postings and comments within this blog are written to promote awareness of ARD, an illness that stole 14 years from my daughter's life. (She is now well).
All too often, I'm asked this question: what do you think of massage therapy for adhesions?
Before I elaborate, I will share a link so you can read the statement about this subject as is stated at the following website:
Now, for my take:
I've heard from many women suffering from horrid adhesion pain who have tried massage therapy. To date, none have had a positive report, with one woman writing to tell me her pain and problems have now increased. Though massage therapy may work in some instances--say sport injuries--adhesions which entrap internal organs such as the intestines, liver, diaphragm, stomach and female organs not only leave the sufferer debilitated, massage therapy to the upper and lower abdominal areas may only prove to cause further trauma to affected organs. Since trauma to the body causes adhesions, many adhesion sufferers are simply not willing to "try" massage therapy.
While some websites insist the right therapist can free abdominal & pelvic adhesions, the majority of studies and surgeons report that adhesiolysis--surgical removal of adhesions--is the only method by which the pain and symptoms caused by problematic adhesions of the upper and lower abdomen can be alleviated. Even in adhesiolysis, many surgeons' will perform surgery knowing they have limited resources to produce a positive outcome (an adequate barrier, for instance). While many surgeons' promise a positive outcome, while knowing the opposite will be true, other surgeons are candid when explaining to the sufferer they may receive little to no relief from a surgical procedure. These surgeons are often willing to perform an adhesiolysis, but want the patient to know upfront the marginal results when undergoing such surgery.
Since I am often asked if we ever went the route of massage therapy for Melissa, I decided it was time to post the answer: No. I did research massage therapy after Melissa's first failed adhesioysis, however, because Melissa had such great abdominal pain and had guarded her stomach for years (so afraid someone or something might touch it) massage therapy never seemed a logical "treatment" to request of her. When she checked out the information on her own, she was adamant that no one was touching her painful abdominal area.
So, for all who ask, my opinion remains the same: abdominal adhesions require an expert surgeon who is not only knowledgeable to this specific malady, but who has the resources, as well as the skill, to bring the patient back to health.
After watching my daughter suffer enormous pain/vomiting/agony during her teen years and most of her twenties, I am only too happy to tell other sufferers what finally worked for her. Dr. Daniel Kruschinski was our answer to many years of earnest prayer. Dr. Kruschinski is not only brilliant, talented, and well versed in the field of adhesions, he is perhaps the only surgeon in the entire world who can claim such an extended list of former adhesion sufferers. Because he is a surgeon/doctor who clearly understands the devastating toll this illness brings to the sufferer as well as their loved ones, he connects to patients and family members on a level that is simply unheard of in today's world of medicine. Most doctors/surgeons do not provide "references" for future patients, however, this is not the case with Dr. Kruschinski. He has a devoted following of patients who are happy to share their story with those who suffer from adhesions.
Simply put, Dr. Kruschinski has used his zeal and talent to heal many who suffer from this painful disorder. I am only one of many who can't thank him enough! My daughter now enjoys a beautiful life, free from pain and suffering. Given the nature of this illness, that is simply awesome!