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Abdominal massage for constipation relief

Constipation is the infrequent, irregular, or difficult evacuation of the bowels. Constipation occurs when a person has trouble passing stools. Symptoms can vary between people but may include:

  • fewer than three bowel movements in 1 week
  • hard or lumpy stools
  • pain when passing a stool
  • feeling that not all stools have passed

Abdominal massage can help relieve constipation by gently applying pressure on the muscles and organs involved in passing waste.

Constipation is not always related to an underlying condition and can be caused by;

  • Insufficient quantities of fibre and water in meals
  • Changes in diet or normal activities
  • Physical inactivity
  • Holding stool for long periods, even with the urge
  • Medications

Over the years, there have been many studies that have explored the benefits of abdominal massage for constipation and have found that manual massage of the abdomen is effective in treating constipation.

According to a 2020 study involving 37 participants, a device simulating the abdomen’s manual massage effectively treats slow-transit constipation. This happens when the colon is not moving waste through the large intestine quickly enough.

2018 study looked at the effects of abdominal massage on 191 people with multiple sclerosis who experienced constipation and fecal incontinence. The study found that abdominal massage led to slight improvements in bowel movement frequency and emptying of the bowels. Participants also reported feeling better.

The ideal time to have an abdominal massage is usually in the morning, when you may have a bowel movement. This may help to re-educate the body to move stools naturally. People may notice an improvement within four weeks of using this abdominal massage.