Abdominal massage can have a significant beneficial effect on quality of life in people with long term constipation, according to Swedish researchers.
They randomized 60 patients to using either laxatives alone or with abdominal massage as well. The authors said assessment showed quality of life significantly increased after eight weeks of abdominal massage, given either by a nurse or by the patient themselves.
“Abdominal massage may be cost-effective in the long-term and it is relevant to consider it when managing constipation,” said the researchers.
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