Massage is extremely beneficial for the body and therapeutic for the mind. Massaging in general increases blood flow, boosts immunity and kick starts relaxation, putting you into “Rest and Digest” mode.
Massaging the abdomen offers a natural approach to supporting digestion, it can help stimulate the muscles and organs required to produce a bowel movement. If constipation or indigestion are a problem in your life and you’re interested in a completely natural and chemical-free mode of therapy that you can even do yourself, give abdominal massage a try. Massage can also help ease and possibly relieve the pain and discomfort associated with certain digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease.
To treat digestive disorders, massage therapists apply gentle manual pressure to the outside of the abdomen to feel the internal structures of the large intestine and small intestine. In some cases, the massage therapist may be able to feel an area in the digestive tract that is congested. Massaging the affected area can help stimulate the spontaneous movement of the digestive tract (a process called peristalsis) and reduce symptoms such as cramping, bloating, gas, and constipation. Abdominal massage may help remove blockages that have become trapped within the intestinal wall. The application of heat or ice can be used along with massage to give an increased affect.
Massage as we know can be used to relieve anxiety and tension that are known causes of an increase in symptoms for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Massage can also be used during periods of remission for patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease to manage chronic pain, but it should also not be used during an active flare-up as it can exacerbate the pain and increase the risk of intestinal problems. Should you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask your family doctor or your Registered Massage Therapist if abdominal massage therapy is right for you.
Below is a mini guide on how to give yourself a mini abdominal massage to ease some discomfort at home.
Abdominal Massage: How-To
Unlike some other forms of massage, abdominal massage is easy to do on your own. Various techniques exist, but there are two I typically suggest for those just starting:
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