A gallbladder attack is a truly miserable experience and you will try almost anything to find relief. Thankfully this pose is simple and quick and, at least in my case, provides significant relief from breathing pain.
PLEASE NOTE: This pose will not treat or cure a gallbladder that needs medical intervention! You should still pursue medical treatment from a professional to find out why you are having pain in this region and whether you should have further workup and/or treatment. This pose is intended to help you find relief temporarily while you research your medical options for treatment.
You will need a wall and a blanket or beach towel. Fold the towel/blanket to make a pad a few inches tall and place it next to the well. Lay down with both hips supported the blanket and your legs up the wall, fold your legs into a comfortable position so they are supported and passive, with the left leg turned out and left knee dropped toward the floor.
Now fold the blanket under your right hip to create a higher prop. You want the pelvis slightly rotated toward the left; the right hip is higher than the left.
TLDR: Fold the blanket or towel under the right hip to create a prop that is a few inches tall.
Stretch your right arm up, out, and away to create a stretch from right wrist, across the body to the left knee.
Here's why it works: The gallbladder is in the center of the body, tucked beneath the right ribs and slightly to the right of your midline. Attacks are brought on by multiple triggers (genetics, food sensitivities, sex, age, the hormone fluctuations of menopause to name a few). The gallbladder is located below the liver and rests on top of the first portion of the small intestine which in turn is suspended partly by the ligament of Treitz and partly by the peritoneal wall it is embedded in.
When the gallbladder becomes inflamed and irritated it has a structural impact and (of course) an emotional impact as well because it is all-over miserable-making. By elevating the hips on the blanket, the dragging weight of the internal organs will be reversed. They will slightly slide up in the body instead of pulling down on the suspensory structures of the gallbladder, duodenum and liver. Elevating the right hip rotates the pelvis relative to the spine and contributes to the long diagonal-line opening of right-wrist-to-opposite-knee, unloading the gallbladder and allowing the diaphragm to move freely without pain. At least it did for me.
Please leave a comment and let me know how it works for you!