Abdominal Massage for Constipation Relief

You can use abdominal massage for constipation to help stimulate peristalsis waves in your colon. Peristalsis (movement of an internal organ) helps to move the stagnant fecal matter out of your colon.

Caution: If you have undiagnosed abdominal pain or any conditions affecting abdominal organs, do NOT massage your abdomen without the OK of your healthcare provider.

General Directions

Do the following colon massage lying down. You could also stand in the shower and use a soapy solution for glide over your belly.

Take three to five minutes to do this massage. Notice if any areas feel slightly painful or tender. At first, use gentle pressure, although you may want to use more pressure after a few days. If you have tender or slightly painful areas, the discomfort will probably decrease with daily massages.

If you have deep pain, STOP the massage. If the pain persists, consult a healthcare provider.

Massage for constipation:

  1. Start on the right side of your colon, near the leg crease. Use small circular movements or short strokes to massage upward to the bottom of the rib cage. 
  2. Massage diagonally down from the rib cage to the left until you are just below your belly button. 
  3. Massage diagonally up to the left until you reach your left outer rib cage.
  4. Massage downward until reach your left leg crease.

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Preventing Constipation

To prevent constipation, eat the recommended 25 grams of fiber each day (the average American eats only half that much) and drink lots of water. 

Also, be aware that some medications can cause constipation, as can some supplements (such as iron). Taking magnesium can help relieve constipation (or even cause loose stools). Seeking professional advice is a good idea.

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