Hiatal Hernia Massage
The hiatal hernia results
from the upward displacement of the stomach and the resultant kinking of the
esophagus. This often results in heartburn, acid reflux or the newly coined
GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease). 50% of the American population over 50
have this condition in varying degrees.
Resulting symptoms include belching,
hiccups, nausea, bloating, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing capsules
— or foods, chest pains, irregular or rapid heart beat - all made worse or
precipitated by bending over or lying down. So one must ask: Why does the
stomach decide to climb through the diaphragm and move toward the throat?
answer is: It doesn't go willingly. It is pushed up there by a digestive tract
full of gas. These gases fill up the intestines like a balloon pushing the
stomach up into, and sometimes through the diaphragm (which is a muscle that
divides the digestion organs from the heart and lungs). This in turn causes the
esophageal tube to bend or kink making swallowing difficult and putting
pressure on organs above the diaphragm like the thyroid, heart and lungs.
If the lack of nutrients in
the body allows for weak connective and muscular tissue, the diaphragm opening
will weaken permitting more of the stomach through the opening. The diaphragm
will create a pinching force on the muscles of the stomach causing a lower
blood flow and consequent cramping of the upper stomach muscle - just like any
muscle cramp in your leg or arm, etc.
This displacement also puts
pressure on the main artery and vein to the lower part of the body creating
poor circulation, increased blood pressure and stress on the heart. This
produces pain and all the symptoms listed above. So that is the 'why'. Now how
does one fix it?
How to Mechanically Help a Hiatal Hernia
First it may be advisable to do the Ileocecal Valve Massage for about a week prior to pulling down the stomach. Also it will be more effective if there is no
problem with constipation, which obviously will continually act to inhibit the
exit of gas producing material. If constipation is a problem, you should get
that resolved before beginning.
Hiatal Hernia Massage
This technique should be done on an empty
First thing in
the morning is best, but doing this before each meal will bring quicker
results. After massaging the ileocecal valve and colon area first (see above),
palpate the stomach area below the sternum or breastbone to find the hardened
and/or tender areas.
Now gently try to
relax them using a gentle circular massage. Again it is sometimes like feeling
for a golf ball through a pillow. Now take a deep breath and exhale slowly.
While exhaling and relaxing the abdomen apply a firm inward and downward
(toward the feet) pressure with overlapped thumbs from the base of the sternum
down toward the navel.
You should move
about 2 inches down as you exhale. Hold for thirty seconds. Repeat this 3
technique should be repeated daily for at least one month, doing it before each
meal. This can be done through the clothing.
begin to notice a positive difference not only in the amount of tenderness in
the abdomen area but in the over all quality of your life and health. Those who
experience a stiff neck will find their neck has greater freedom of movement
it is easier to get someone to do this massage for you. They will be using the
pads of their fingers to do the pulling – they also may need to cut and file
their fingernails. If you are uncertain that either you or your helper is doing
the technique correctly, you can just massage the abdomen. That is, find and
massage any tender spots in the abdominal area.