By Dominika Borovansky-Gaines
This morning I had my first colonoscopy, per the recommendations for someone age 50. Everything went well and I am completely healthy. But only minutes after I walked out of the surgical center, I began to have very sharp pains in my stomach. Trapped gas is a common problem following this procedure. Sitting was not comfortable, standing worse and lying down did not ease the pain fully.
I decided to get down on the floor and work on abdominal release, an exercise part of the REx for digestive issues. This exercise is useful for long-held abdominal tension, for those times you feel gassy or if you are constipated. Within moments of releasing my belly fully (see bottom photo), the trapped air exited in a long, tuneful wind. And, voila!, the pain was gone.
I highly recommend this exercise if you habitually suck your belly in to appear slimmer, wear belts or tight-fitting undergarments –Spanx!–or other compressive clothing (yoga compression wear counts too). And especially if you have recently had a procedure such as mine.