The benefits of abdominal massage
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage therapy can have a positive effect on the physical, mental, and social well-being of people. It’s thought to improve overall health and wellness.
Abdominal massage may provide these additional benefits.
Massaging the abdomen may help to relax your stomach muscles. That, in turn, helps stimulate digestion and relieve constipation.
A small 2016 study examined the effects of abdominal massage on constipation following surgery. The researchers found that people who had abdominal massage — compared to the control group who didn’t receive massage — had:
reduced symptoms of constipation
more bowel movements
less time between bowel movements
Abdominal massage was further shown to have a positive effect on their quality of life scores. Larger in-depth studies are needed to expand upon these findings and to learn more about characteristics that can affect constipation.
Improve digestive function
Research from 2018 examined the effects of abdominal massage on the digestive issues of people who had an endotracheal tube. People who had a 15-minute abdominal massage twice a day for three days showed improvements in their symptoms compared to people who received no treatment.
A 2015 study found that abdominal massage was effective in treating some symptoms of excess fluid (common in people being treated for cancer) that accumulates in the abdominal cavity.
In this study, people who had a 15-minute abdominal massage twice a day for three days had lower levels of perceived abdominal bloating. Depression, anxiety, and well-being levels also improved.
Alleviate menstrual pain
A 2005 study found that abdominal massage was very effective in relieving menstrual pain and cramping. Women who had a five-minute massage daily for six days before menstruation had significantly lower levels of pain and cramping compared to women who had no treatment.
Other benefits Of Abdominal Massage
Aid in weight loss
Tone and strengthen the abdominal muscles
Release physical and emotional tension
Release muscle spasms
Increase blood flow to the abdomen