“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”
~ Katie Reed
Relieve Constipation Naturally
Many people with autoimmune disease struggle with constipation. It might be a result of physical changes to the body, a side effect of medication, or a shift to your diet. In my prior career, I was a massage therapist for 15 years. I fell in love with abdominal massage back then, and it’s been part of my self-care ever since. Below, you’ll find videos demonstrating three different styles of abdominal massage. Experiment to find the technique that works best for you.
These techniques are designed to help with constipation. If you have the opposite problem (diarrhea), I don’t recommend abdominal massage. Since it’s designed to stimulate elimination, it can make diarrhea worse. If you do have constipation and want to give these techniques a try, please check with your medical team first. There may be a reason abdominal massage isn’t safe for you. Always remember that I’m not a doctor. I’m just a woman with autoimmune disease sharing what she’s learned with others. This website is designed to be educational in nature and isn’t a substitute for medical advice.
Option 1: Abdominal Massage for Constipation – Standing Position
The instructor in this video is a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic health. She demonstrates a series of techniques that can be done through clothing.
Option 2: Abdominal Massage for Constipation – Lying Down
The instructor in this video is a yoga therapist who demonstrates a simple technique that can be done in bed.
Option 3: Abdominal Acupressure Points for Constipation
The instructor in this video is a massage therapist who demonstrates acupressure points on the belly and back that can help relieve constipation.
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