We are all guilty of occasional overeating, which can cause abdominal discomfort and pain. Poor eating habits contribute to digestive disorders and can interfere with the normal function of the digestive system. According to the Mayo Clinic, massage is one complementary therapy that can help relieve the stress as well as the pain and discomfort associated with certain digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and chronic constipation.
Massage is a hands-on therapy that manipulates the muscles and other soft tissues. Massage therapists use touch to locate painful or tense areas, to determine how much pressure to apply, and to establish a therapeutic relationship with the patient. To treat digestive disorders, massage therapists apply gentle manual pressure to the outside of the abdomen to feel the internal structures of the colon 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 masses that have become trapped within diverticula, or outpouchings of the intestinal wall. The application of heat or ice can be used along with gentle massage to stimulate the bowel or to reduce swelling.
Massage can also be used to relieve anxiety and tension that often worsen irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, abdominal massage should not be used during an acute IBS flare-up as it can aggravate symptoms. Neck, shoulder, back, and leg massages are helpful in reducing tension and can be performed during an IBS flare-up without complications.
Vibrant Life Therapies, LLC, located in Trexlertown, PA, offers massage therapy, exercise therapy, and nutritional counseling. Donna Ondek, owner, is a licensed Massage Therapist and certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Counselor. Donna specializes in and Rehabilitative and Medical Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Mastectomy and Oncology Massage. To learn more, contact Donna via phone or text at (610)703-1596, email email@example.com, or visit VibrantLifeTherapies.com.
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