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Need something new to help your constipation? Research shows abdominal massage is effective for getting things moving, and the best thing is that you can do it yourself. Kathryn Terrill explains.
Chronic constipation is an ongoing health concern for many Australians and New Zealanders. Laxative use is not ideal, so adding natural treatment options to your toolkit is the best way to deal with ongoing problems.
How do I know if I’m chronically constipated?
A healthy digestive system usually excretes food waste within 20-56 hours of eating. If you are regularly having less than three bowel movements per week, then you are likely to be chronically constipated.
Constipation can result from a variety of factors such as a change in diet or routine, travel, medications, not drinking enough fluids, not exercising enough, medical issues, and emotional stress. If constipation is unusual for you, it is important to have it checked out by a health professional.
Symptoms associated with constipation can be unpleasant. They may include needing to strain whilst toileting, abdominal pain and distension and decreased mood.
How might massage help?
For a period throughout the late 1800’s to the 1950’s, abdominal massage was a common Western technique for relieving constipation in both the USA and Europe. The types of massage strokes commonly used were petrissage (a movement similar to kneading dough), effleurage (broad flowing strokes), vibration (fast movements) and tapotement (tapping). A recent research review has concluded that abdominal massage is effective in reducing the amount of time it takes for food matter to be excreted after eating. It can also increase the frequency of bowel movements in constipated patients, and reduce symptoms of constipation such as pain and discomfort.
5 minute daily massage for constipation
Massaging your abdomen regularly can be simple and effective. If you are unfamiliar with how to perform the techniques, ask a massage practitioner. Be aware that these techniques are not recommended if you have had recent abdominal surgery, or have any other medical issues with your abdomen.
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