The Effect of Abdominal Massage on Constipation and Quality of Life

massage therapy for constipation

It has been proposed that abdominal massage may be of benefit for patients who suffer from constipation. A biopsychosocial framework helps put into context the interconnected and multidirectional interaction between: physiology, thoughts, emotions, behaviors, culture, and beliefs.

In terms of clinical responses to massage therapy there are a couple of proposed mechanisms of action, including but not limited to: neuroplasticity, contextually aided recovery, and neuromodulation.

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McClurg, D., Walker, K., ... Cunnington, A.L. (2016). Abdominal Massage for the Relief of Constipation in People with Parkinson's: A Qualitative Study. Parkinsons Dis. (OPEN ACCESS)

Turan, N., & Aşt, T. A. (2016). The Effect of Abdominal Massage on Constipation and Quality of Life. Gastroenterology Nursing.