self-healing a hernia
Is it possible to 'heal' a hernia by yourself?
While it is possible to live with a hernia, the likelihood of it 'going away' or repairing itself is negligible. Gentle abdominal muscle exercise, dietary regime change and a few other predisposing factors such as weight-loss and stopping smoking will all assist your general health and put less stress on your hernia site. There is only anecdotal evidence of patients curing their own hernia and the best course of action is always to discuss this with a doctor and seek a medical solution. The following is a list of good advice taken from medical sources.
Controlling your hernia with dietary change
Consider internal pressure as well as external pressure. Putting the least amount of pressure on the oesophagus and colon is the main benefit of a dietary change. Lots of water and a high-fibre diet will reduce bowel movement pressure and strain on the lower abdominal muscle group. One food product particularly useful is Psyllium Husks which can be added to breakfast cereal or taken with fruit juice. They provide a simple, pure fibre addition to your diet and reduce bowel pressure. As well as an increase in fecal moisture there are minor benefits in cholesesterol reduction as well as insulin reduction for diabetics. For more information on the benefits of Psyllium Husks please read this.
Hernias and exercise
Moderate exercise under the direction of your doctor may be advisable for smaller hernias, particularly to the abdominal muscle wall area. Sports like swimming which support the body mass in water are useful. Any recommended exercises should also take advantage of gravity - stretches and muscle toning lying on your back are less riskier than standing up because less pressure is on the abdominal region. Pilates and yoga may also be a good exercise regime.
Constant direct support of the hernia
This is where hernia pants can assist. By applying constant, comfortable pressure to a reducible hernia you will feel less discomfort and the hernia has less chance of enlarging.