Experiences of abdominal massage when having constipation: an interview study
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Aim: This study aims to illuminate experiences of receiving abdominal massage when having constipation.
Background: Abdominal massage has been found to decrease severity of constipation and abdominal pain, but little is known about experiences receiving abdominal massage.
Method: Nine adult persons with constipation receiving abdominal massage were invited to participate. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in Sweden between 2005 and 2007. The interviews were transcribed and subjected to qualitative content analysis.
Results: Participants told about being sceptical at the beginning about whether or not abdominal massage was effective and suitable for everyone. However, as the massage sessions continued, they experienced becoming embraced by safe hands. They described how the abdominal massage influenced both body and mind and changed their bowel habits. Along with improvements, the feeling of agony was gone and they felt relieved both bodily and emotionally. Yet, their new condition was considered fragile and could be easily altered.
Conclusions: Abdominal massage was experienced as pleasurable and the participants felt more comfortable with the bowel function. Receiving abdominal massage was described as influencing the whole person.
Relevance for clinical practice: Abdominal massage has been shown to be an effective intervention for constipation. A crucial aspect is for nurses to be sensitive to patients’ perceptions about the required nearness of abdominal massage and respect the integrity associated with the abdomen.
patient experiences, abdominal massage, massage, constipation, interviews, qualitative content analysis
Research subject Caring Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-27013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-27013DiVA: diva2:275613