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Internal scars called adhesions form as the body heals from a surgery, infection, inflammation, trauma, radiation therapy or endometriosis. Due to healing events in life, virtually everyone has adhesions. Adhesions can act like straitjackets, binding nerves, organs and joints. Unable to move or function normally, these structures can cause pain or dysfunction, including female infertility and life-threatening bowel obstructions.

While surgery can remove adhesions, a catch-22 occurs because surgery generally creates more adhesions. An exhaustive study examining five decades of surgery showed that 90% of patients develop adhesions following open abdominal surgery and 55% to 100% of women develop adhesions after pelvic surgery. (Liakakos et al., 2001) For someone who undergoes surgery, complications from adhesions may be of high concern.

example of adhesion barrier

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Hoping to mitigate the damage caused by adhesions, some doctors insert adhesion barriers (often a thin, film-like plastic wrap) during surgery. Unfortunately, this has been an imperfect solution. A study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, examining 473,788 women who had hysterectomy or fibroid removal, explored post-surgical complications of adhesion barriers. Though their use may help reduce adhesion formation, this major study suggests that the use of barriers may increase a patient’s chance of developing other post-surgical complications. The most serious of these was after hysterectomy, where adhesion barriers were shown to increase the risk of small bowel obstruction – a life-threatening condition. Other examples include ileus (bowel inactivity) and fever after fibroid removal.

Until recently, patients were left with a high probability of adhesion formation and medical science offered no relief. Both physicians and patients were left with the likelihood of post-surgical adhesions in most cases.

The Clear Passage Approach® is a manual (hands-on) physical therapy whose success has been thoroughly studied and documented. Feeling like a very deep massage, the therapy has been shown to deform and detach the bonds of the tiny but powerful adhesions, returning the body to normal, pain-free function.

A peer-reviewed study of ten years of data, published in 2015, found that the non-surgical therapy equaled or was more effective than traditional, standard therapies for decreasing adhesions, specifically in the treatment of female infertility. (Rice et al., 2015a) For instance, the study showed that the Clear Passage Approach opened completely blocked fallopian tubes in 69% of women who had never undergone prior tubal repair – previously thought impossible without surgery.

The implications of this are significant and reach far beyond women’s health. Though this study focused on decreasing adhesions in infertile women, the therapy can help reduce chronic pain and improve function in several areas of the body. Many patients feel it is an effective treatment alternative for adhesion-related pain, eliminating the need for surgery. In addition to treating existing adhesions, the therapy avoids the risk of post-surgical adhesions forming and the complications associated with adhesion barriers.

To learn if this therapy may help you, schedule a phone consultation with one of our certified therapists at no cost by completing this online form or by calling 1-352-336-1433.