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Using massage to ease constipation
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2011 (English)In: Nursing Times, ISSN 0954-7762Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Background Constipation is a painful and serious condition which patients often find difficult to talk about. It is usually treated with laxatives alone.

Aim To determine whether abdominal massage is an effective treatment for constipation.

Method The study involved 60 people with constipation. Half received 15 minutes of abdominal and hand massage a day, five days a week for eight weeks, in addition to prescribed laxatives. The rest received only prescribed laxatives. Interviews with participants were also conducted.

Results Abdominal massage used alongside laxatives reduced abdominal pain, increased bowel movements and improved quality of life compared with laxative use alone. Patients reported positive experiences of abdominal massage but it did not reduce their laxative use.

Conclusion Abdominal massage was considered to be a pleasant treatment that can be offered as an option in constipation management.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: EMAP , 2011.
Keyword [en]
Constipation, Massage, Bowel function, Gastroenterology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41401OAI: diva2:405866
Available from: 2011-03-24 Created: 2011-03-24 Last updated: 2011-03-24Bibliographically approved

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