Do you massage your abdomen?

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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you massage your abdomen often?  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, gentlely massaging your abdomen with your palm (liking moving in circles) can promote healing, by improving "blood" and "air" circulations in your system.
Sometimes when I experience abdominal pain, I massage around my belly button, then the pain would decrease, as I can feel the gas moving.  I think this is especially helpful for people with mild to moderate strictures.  What do you think?

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In 1994 I was treated with Pentasa of no avail.  Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Paul,

I use the circular motion around the abdomen to facilitate complete elimination (when needed). Starting at the right lower abdomen, placing my palm on the belly, and going in a circle, following the direction of the large intestine. Didn't realize it was part of Chinese Medicine.

I learned the technique about 35 years ago when a friend had a baby with spinabifida and the doctor had her massage the baby's belly to help him eliminate. So, I figured it would work for adults as well.

The trick is to go in the correct direction. It helps to encourage the rhythm of bowel.

Not sure this is at all what you were talking about . . . but sure goes with the topic.


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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, the direction that you pointed out is primarily for constipation and the other way around is for diarrhea.  But I often massage both ways, gently, as advised by my relatives in China.  They call it a "healthy massage".  As ancient Chinese medicine theory goes, "passage means no pain, pain means no passage".

But I doubt (do not believe) this massage techique is beneficial for someone who has a severe case of Crohn's.

Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

In 1994 I was treated with Pentasa of no avail.  Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.

Post Edited (EruditePaul) : 11/5/2008 10:45:50 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/5/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I would massage to help with gas or elimination, lower R, up, across, down to lower L and center over the pubic bone.  Repeat.
When I was in a flare, unless I was on the toilet I was afraid to touch or move my abdomen.  Which was basically the last 5yrs before my surgery 5/08.  I couldn't bend over, lean forward, reach to change the radio station in the car or for something in the glovebox, tense my abdominal muscles and even eating/drinking elicited an immediate response from my guts.
Since surgery, I'm doing much, much better.
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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I also massage my abdomen in a circular motion. I read it in a book, but I can't remember the exact name. If I have gas pains near either flexure I'll also stretch. And for pain in the lower right, a hot compress helps me. I have narrowing at the terminal ileum.

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Currently trying... Enteral Nutrition, Flax Oil, VSL#3, Folic Acid, Vitamin E

Post Edited (Illini) : 11/6/2008 8:01:06 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
i find myself doingit when im not even thinking about it.. just rubbing it all over.

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   Posted 11/6/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Yoga 'massages' the intestines, at least thats what my yoga instructors always told me.  Certain positions, the balance of backward and forward, are supposed to help with digestion.  If I'm doing good, then it feels great, especially 'downward facing dog' and then a backbend.  But if I'm bloated then I can't do it.     I teach infant massage and it is known to really help babies with digestive discomfort to massage their bellies. I've done it to myself when I am really cramping and it helps, especially coupled with a heating pad.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.

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   Posted 11/8/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I used to when I had alot of pain but now the tummy is better I don't. lol gail
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