Help with adhesions

Adhesions are the Number 1 problem people complain about long after many infant surgeries.  Adhesions are easily top-of-the-list for those who had surgery for infant pyloric stenosis (“PS”), judging by the “visits” to this blogsite and the online forums to which I subscribe.

Recently I corresponded with somebody whose post-PS adhesions were being treated by massage and physical therapy.

After this I was heartened to receive an email from Lawrence J (Larry) Wurn, who developed this treatment together with his wife Belinda; they now head up a network of six clinics in the U.S. offering this treatment.  I also visited their website and read some of the testimonials.  What could I do other than pass on this information that may be life-changing for some of our readers or their family and friends?


Larry Wurn

I am deeply touched by your blog.  My physical therapist wife and I started studying adhesions after she underwent surgery and radiation therapy, just before we were married.  A year afterwards, she could not walk, move or breathe without significant pain.

Knowing that surgery would only make her worse, I quit my job, and we began studying adhesions – first in the USA, then attended courses at a French Medical School.

When we were able to cure her, we opened a private physical therapy practice – our only focus is on adhesions.  We were surprised when we found (and published data on the fact) that we could open adhesion-based blocked fallopian tubes.  From there, it was not long until we started opening adhesion-related bowel obstructions, both partial and totally blocked intestines.  We have recently published studies on all of these.  Basically, we pull adhesions apart with our hands, crosslink by crosslink.  It’s a bit like pulling apart the strands of a nylon rope, strand by strand.

Physio Therapist Belinda Wurn treating a "Clear Passage" patient.

Physiotherapist Belinda Wurn treating a “Clear Passage” patient.

I was touched by your blog because we have treated many people who have undergone infant surgery, and the post-treatment results have been very good.  In fact, we recently published a study in which we treated a gentleman whose first surgery was for small bowel obstruction – when he was less than a week old…  In his 70’s, he was still suffering from recurring adhesions and obstructions until we treated him.  We did ‘before and after’ radiology images which showed that we cleared his adhesions and obstructions, using just our hands.  His doctor says he will now no longer need surgeries 🙂

We have now grown into six clinics in the US, from Florida to California.  You are using one of our images [it’s in my first post on adhesions – Ed.]  Your blog is doing a wonderful service.  Check out our site, contact me if you like, and let’s continue to help people overcome their adhesions – hopefully without surgery.

Best wishes,

Larry Wurn

Director of Clinical Studies
Clear Passage Physical Therapy

In a follow-up email, Larry Wurn added some links that may well be of interest – and appealed for a suitable Australian physiotherapist who may be interested to join his team!

…  I very much appreciate your dedication, your work and your blog, and will check in when I can.

The following links from our website may be useful for some of your readers.  We have quite a bit of information including pages about adhesions, and about treating pain or dysfunction from early surgery.  They can also download free book chapters that explain adhesions by clicking here.

Belinda Wurn at work

Belinda Wurn at work

Regarding early surgery, here’s a link to the study that includes the gentleman we treated at age 69 who suffered complications from two childhood surgeries, and how we treated him non-surgically.  He had bowel obstruction surgery at birth, followed by an appendectomy in early childhood.  The adhesions that formed from these and other surgeries caused problems throughout his life, then became life-threatening (bowel obstructions) in his 60s.

Some day, I would love to train a physiotherapist or osteopath in Australia in our work – we do get patients who fly here to Florida from Australia for therapy.  It would be so much easier for them if I could train a physio in your part of the world.  Would be great if one of your readers could direct one to me.  Best would be a female physio or osteopathic physician, since we also treat adhesion-related female infertility.  Because our work is ‘hands on,’ those female patients sometimes prefer to be treated by another woman.

… Thank you again for your dedication and your life work.


Larry Wurn

2 thoughts on “Help with adhesions

  1. Wendy Williams

    What a fabulous connection that will offer hope for so many! Congratulations, Fred, on finding a treasured resource that has helped and will help so many survivors of infant surgery and those who’ve experienced surgery at any age. You are truly addressing one of those problems that the field of medicine has swept under the rug, i.e. denied or ignored. What would we do without health activists like you! Many thanks! And many thanks to Larry Wurn and his wife! What brave and determined folks.

  2. Fred Vanderbom Post author

    I am sorry that I must add a caution to this post.
    A correspondent who has had gall bladder surgery and has been hospitalised several times over the past three months because of severe pain, vomitting, and blockages most likely caused by adhesions from the pyloric stenosis operation she had in 1949 wrote –
    I used to belong to a group where they discussed in depth the physio clinic in the US, and a lot of people felt they had been made worse with it. It involves a lot of hours of intense therapy and the manipulations left them on worse pain and no relief from their adhesions.
    I am most grateful for this comment, and have read similar cautions since I posted this material. I am often reminded that while research and writing may be silver, listening to personal experience is gold.
    Whilst I like to share resources and treatments that sound promising for the relief of adhesions, it is also necessary to look for evaluations and for feedback from those who have sought to benefit from such offers of help.
    My correspondent added –
    People in another group I belong to for adhesions say that swimming has been the greatest thing they have done for pain relief. Obviously working your insides to keep moving in any form is good because it moves them around. I do walking at the moment, but will start indoor swimming maybe in a few weeks, and I really like Yogalates for stretching, strength and balance. I am sticking to a really bland smooth diet at the moment because I want to see if that helps. Must say I am starting to feel heaps better, TG.


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