Digestive disorders seem to be on the rise, and whether they are stress-related, caused by a poor diet or just one of those things, suffering from a stomach complaint can leave you feeling totally sapped of energy and, quite frankly, horrible.
Massage can help reduce digestive problems, because it helps reduce stress. It can also help relieve some of the pain caused by conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and even chronic constipation.
If you come for a massage and mention that you have a digestive issue, therapists will take that into account and can use special techniques to help you deal with the pain. They use their sense of touch to gently locate any areas where there’s a build-up of tension, and apply pressure to try and release that tension wherever possible.
When treating digestive problems, therapists will gently feel your abdomen to see if they can pick up any tension in your colon and small intestine, and if they find any areas of congestion, they’ll massage them gently – which can work pretty fast to relieve bloating or constipation.
If you suffer with IBS, all the advice tells you that you need to relieve your stress – well massage is one of the nicest ways we can imagine to do that! A really good massage will relieve anxiety and tension, and help to prevent flare ups. A word of warning though – don’t try abdominal massage if you’re actually having a flare-up as it can have the opposite effect and end up making your symptoms worse. Neck, shoulder, back, and leg massages are all fine to use during a flare-up though, so don’t let that put you off your treatment.
The same rules apply to ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease – abdominal massage is only recommended for times when there are no flare ups. It’s helpful to relieve chronic pain in both these conditions, but can lead to more pain and even intestinal perforation if it’s carried out when the symptoms are acute.
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