Posts tagged ‘lymph’

The dreaded abdominal cramping

I woke up at 3am with a lot of abdominal discomfort. This definitely seems to be a common post-myofascial experience for me.

Once I was awake enough to realize that maybe there was something I could do aside from lie in bed and hurt, I did some self massage, tried to release the thoracic inlet like my DO friend showed me some weeks ago when I was hurting (to help free up the lymphatic flow), and used my Therawand. I got myself more comfortable and eventually got back to at least dozing. I woke up again before my alarm and used the essential oil blend I’d made for this purpose, did some more self-massage, and hit my thoracic inlet again.

I’m way better today; a bit uncomfortable, but not super crampy feeling like I tend to be when that happens. I think I’ve found a good way to deal with it, which makes me happy.

I do wonder whether lymphatic drainage might not be a good idea. I haven’t done it yet because I’m already draining my savings with the PT, and also because I’m assuming that the myofascial release work will also allow my lymph to flow more freely if the fascia is less restricted. L agreed with that assessment, and I seem to be handling it better on my own as well, so I think I’ll hold off on employing another expensive modality right now.

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