Research from the University of Washington has determined that chronic constipation in
children may be relieved with abdominal mas- sage. The research tested 25 parents and their children with learning needs and physical dis- abilities. The parents were trained by specialists in abdominal massage. Following the training, the parents massaged the abdomens of their children for 20 minutes per day.
The study found that abdominal massage
relieved constipation in 87.5 percent of children
and reduced laxative use. In addition, the therapy
resulted in better diets for 41 percent of the children and improved the rela- tionships between the parents and the children in many cases.