A diet high in processed food, common in Western countries, can lead to diminished bowel movements. A new review indicates massage therapy is an effective means of addressing chronic constipation.
“Constipation is a disorder of gastrointestinal motility characterized by difficult or decreased bowel movements, and is a common condition in Western countries,” an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov noted. “Laxatives are the most common strategy for managing constipation; however, long-term use of some laxatives may be associated with harmful side-effects including increased constipation and fecal impaction. “
A new review looked at studies conducted from 1999 to present.
“Abdominal massage, once an accepted method of treating constipation, is no longer standard of care, but may be a desirable therapy for this condition because it is inexpensive, non-invasive, free of harmful side-effects, and can be performed by patients themselves,” noted the abstract.
“The use of abdominal massage to treat chronic constipation” was published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.