How to Reduce Scar Adhesions

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Walking, weight training and stretching are ideal for treating adhesions. (Image: bee_photobee/iStock/Getty Images)

Scar adhesions are a common occurrence after abdominal surgery such as a c-section or hysterectomy. An adhesion is simply a band of scar tissue that can vary in size and is normally harmless; however, bowel obstruction and pelvic pain can occur due to adhesions. Abdominal adhesions can only be diagnosed through exploratory surgery, which ironically can form further adhesions. Reducing adhesion symptoms is one option for preventing uncomfortable side effects.

Step 1

Exercise regularly to increase blood circulation to your abdomen. Exercise helps keep your digestive system running at peak performance and helps strengthen your abdomen. Walking, weight training and stretching are ideal for treating adhesions.

Step 2

Practice deep breathing techniques to treat abdominal adhesions. Use the exercise in conjunction with pelvic floor exercises and abdominal massage, to prevent further complications and reduce symptoms.

Step 3

Eat a healthy diet full of antioxidant-rich foods. Antioxidants, found in fresh fruits and vegetables, provide your body with the essential vitamins and nutrients to heal adhesions naturally. When you are deficient in these nutrients, your body may have a hard time healing on the inside, so symptoms worsen.

Step 4

Control your weight through diet and exercise. Individuals who are overweight or obese suffer from excess pressure exerted onto their abdomen. This can worsen adhesions and pain. Losing weight can decrease the pressure and help control adhesion formation and possibly reduce existent adhesions. A 2002 study led by Dr. D. R. Cottam and published in the journal "Obesity Surgery" states that obesity can also inhibit healing by blocking neutrophils from reaching adhesions to prevent inflammation and help speed healing. Neutrophils are white blood cells called leukocytes that are responsible for fighting infection and aiding in healing.

Step 5

Consider trying Chinese herbal therapy. According to Dr. Fu Kezhi of the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon, many Chinese herbs have shown to help treat and heal adhesions, although in some cases the condition can return. Herbs such as arca shell, myrrh and red peony are all used to treat the symptoms of adhesions such as bloating, pain and inflammation.

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