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Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s and Adhesions

man bent over in pain from crohn's disease

Crohn’s is classified as an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) characterized by inflammation of the digestive, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. While Crohn’s can affect any part of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus, it is commonly found at the end of the small intestine (the ileum) where it joins the beginning of the large intestine (or colon).

A major concern for patients with Crohn’s is the internal scarring (adhesions) that forms as a response to the inflammation. Because the body does not dissolve adhesions, these internal scars tend to remain in the digestive tract for life. Adhesions anywhere in the abdomen can slow digestion, back up food, or cause any of a host of digestive issues. Thus, patients who have had Crohn’s or other intestinal issues that cause adhesions are prone to mechanical issues including pain, nausea, bloating, distension, constipation, or diarrhea.

Wherever they form, adhesions can blanket the intestinal walls, prevent food from being absorbed, create pain or cause digestive problems. Adhesions within the wall of the bowel can squeeze the intestines into narrowing spaces called strictures. Adhesions can join loops of the bowel together or glue them to other organs. Any of these situations can lead to surgery. Unfortunately, surgical repair of the problem is recognized as a primary cause of bowel obstruction, a life-threatening condition which can occur because surgeries tend to cause more adhesions to form.

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Our Treatment

Clear Passage has vast experience treating and decreasing internal adhesions non-surgically. This non-invasive therapy has been the focus of our work since 1989, when our physical therapist founder developed debilitating abdominal and pelvic adhesions after a surgery and radiation therapy. Citations on our work decreasing internal adhesions have been published in respected medical journals, and are contained in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Our focus is to decrease internal adhesions manually; we use our hands to pull apart the straight-jackets of adhesions, like pulling out the run in a three-dimensional sweater. Studies indicate that having this work done can improve the uptake of nutrients, and return the body to a prior state of improved mobility and function. As the strong pulls of intestinal adhesions are released, pain and digestive problems can be greatly relieved, so our patients can return to a much higher quality of life.

If you have Crohn’s, we will first want to examine your medical records. Experience shows that patients should not be treated when they are in an active flare-up, indicated by certain markers in your blood. We may ask you to undergo and send results of a recent blood test, so we can be sure that the timing of therapy is optimum for you.

During your therapy, we will work to decrease and eliminate adhesions throughout your abdomen and pelvis. We will also instruct you about adhesions, and show you ways to avoid them, and their deleterious effects. We will provide you with a home maintenance program to help you stay in good health, and avoid future surgeries.

Life after Therapy

If you are like most of our patients, you will leave therapy with a much healthier digestive tract, largely freed of internal adhesions that can bind the intestines, and make life intolerable. Patients tend to report a significant decrease of pain frequency and severity after therapy, and a marked improvement in digestion. They report improved social lives, so they can visit friends for dinner or go to a restaurant without fear of flare ups. In addition, our patients leave therapy with the tools they need to keep adhesions at bay, and avoid surgery.

 

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