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Alleviating Abdominal Pain from Constipation: Gentle Remedies for Mild Symptoms

March 8, 2020


Constipation abdominal pain can be incredibly uncomfortable, affecting your daily life and ultimately keeping you from doing the things you love. At Mend Colorado, we recognize the impact of these issues and advocate for abdominal mobilization to reduce pain and bloating while enhancing gut motility and overall digestive health.

Constipation can result from various factors, and understanding its root causes is crucial for effective prevention and management. For example, fiber is pivotal in promoting regular bowel movements by adding bulk to the stool, making it easier to pass. Without enough fiber in your diet, abdominal pain from constipation is likely. Dehydration can lead to harder stools, as well, contributing to constipation. Sedentary habits like prolonged sitting can also slow the digestive process. Lastly, certain medications may contribute to this issue. At our Lafayette and Boulder physical therapy clinics, we aim to provide immediate relief, but we also strive to address the underlying causes of constipation to promote long-term digestive health. 


Natural Ways to Relieve Mild/Occasional Constipation

For mild or occasional constipation, adopting gentle and natural methods can often alleviate symptoms without the need for medication. Here are some effective approaches: 

  1. Increase Dietary Fiber
    • Incorporate fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes into your diet. Gradually increasing fiber intake can promote regular bowel movements.
  2. Stay Hydrated
    • Ensure an adequate daily intake of water. Hydration softens stools, making them easier to pass. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day, adjusting based on individual needs.
  3. Regular Physical Activity
    • Engage in regular physical activity to stimulate bowel movements. Even a daily brisk walk can contribute to maintaining a healthy digestive system.
  4. Establish a Routine
    • Set aside time for bowel movements, ideally after meals, as this aligns with the body’s natural rhythm. Consistency in daily routines can signal to the body when it’s time for a bowel movement.
  5. Practicing Relaxation Techniques
    • Stress and tension can contribute to constipation. Incorporate relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga into your routine to promote overall well-being.
  6. Utilize Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy For Functional Constipation


When to Seek Professional Guidance

While these natural approaches can be effective for mild cases of constipation, persistent or severe symptoms may warrant professional attention. Our experienced physical therapists at Mend Colorado can assess your situation, providing tailored guidance and incorporating techniques to address abdominal pain from constipation. 


Understanding Abdominal Mobilizations

Abdominal mobilization involves applying moderate pressure in a clockwise direction along the abdominal wall. This technique proves valuable in promoting peristalsis, the movement of waste within the colon, which tends to slow down during constipation, exacerbating the issue. Individuals can alleviate constipation abdominal pain and enhance gut motility by utilizing abdominal mobilizations. 


Step-by-Step Abdominal Mobilization Technique

  1. Starting Position
    • Begin by lying on your back in a comfortable position. Place your hand on your lower right abdomen, between your hip bone and belly button. This is the starting point for the abdominal mobilization technique.
  2. Clockwise Circular Motion
    • Apply moderate pressure and move in small circles up the right side of your abdomen. Repeat this massage from the lower to upper right abdomen, focusing on the rhythmic, clockwise motion that mimics the natural direction of the digestive tract.
  3. Transition Across the Top
    • When you reach your right rib cage, transition across the top of your abdomen. Maintain gentle pressure and continue the circular, sweeping motion, effectively covering the upper abdominal area.
  4. Descending the Left Abdomen
    • Once you reach your left rib cage, move down your left abdominal wall with moderate pressure. Incorporate longer sweeping strokes, traveling up the right side, across the top, and down the left side of your abdomen.
  5. Listening for Bowel Sounds
    • Pay attention to bowel sounds, known as gurgles. These sounds indicate that the abdominal mobilization is assisting in moving gas and stool through the colon, a positive sign for improved gut motility.
  6. Repeat in Clockwise Direction
    • Continue the movement in the same clockwise direction around your abdomen for 5-10 minutes. Focus more time on areas that feel particularly sore or tight, adapting the pressure to your comfort level.
  7. Breathing Techniques
    • Integrate slow, deep belly breathing during the abdominal mobilization. Deep breaths can further stimulate the digestive system and contribute to the overall effectiveness of the technique.
  8. Promoting the Urge for Bowel Movement
    • Abdominal mobilizations can stimulate the urge for a bowel movement. After 5-10 minutes of the technique, transition to sitting on the toilet to capitalize on this effect.

By incorporating abdominal mobilizations into your routine, you actively promote digestive well-being and reduce constipation abdominal pain.

Constipation is a common issue, often stemming from lifestyle factors that can be addressed through natural and gentle approaches. By understanding the causes and incorporating these strategies, individuals can take proactive steps toward maintaining optimal digestive health and relieving stomach pain from constipation. At Mend Colorado, we advocate for a holistic approach to well-being, emphasizing personalized care to address the root causes of discomfort.

Ready to prioritize your digestive health and alleviate abdominal discomfort? Visit Mend Colorado for physical therapy in Lafayette and Boulder. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to your needs. Take the first step towards a more comfortable and healthier digestive experience—explore the benefits of abdominal mobilizations with Mend Colorado today.