Rhythmical Massage Therapy for Constipation

The general approach to treatment of constipation with rhythmical massage therapy includes promoting peristaltic function in the metabolic area, loosening cramped abdominal, lumbar and neck muscles, building strength, stabilizing the cardiovascular system, conveying calm and relaxation, and enabling a coherent experience of the body in the sense of: I feel comfortable in my body.

The therapeutic approach

  • Abdominal massages
    The therapist forms her gestures thoroughly and intensively, especially in the releasing phase.
    Targeted use of friction and vibration to activate intestinal peristalsis.
    Solar plexus strokes with
    Oxalis e planta tota W 10% oil WALA if there is pain 

  • Efferent treatment of the neck
    To stimulate and enliven, according to the polarity principle: back-above, front-below.

  • Pelvis treatment
    To warm the nerve plexus in the area of the anus: thorough, deep kneading of the gluteal muscles, with intense friction in the area between the iliac crest and the lumbar spine.

  • Leg massages, possibly a hip treatment in a lateral position
    Sculpted, efferent leg treatments to promote excretion and regulation of congestion.

  • Rhythmical embrocation of the kidneys. If necessary, the patient can lie on one side:
    Argentum metallicum praep. 0.4% ointment WELEDA or peat oil with silver WANDIL (available as Torföl mit Silber) or
    peat oil with Equisetum WANDIL (available as Torföl mit Equisetum).
    To generally stimulate organ function use
    Red Copper Ointment WALA (also available as Kupfer Salbe rot) or peat oil with copper WANDIL (available as Torföl mit Kupfer).


  • Abdominal compresses with carraway oil
    have also proven to be a valuable therapeutic aid and can be used in combination before or after treatment. 

Research news

Pilot study  on the clinical effect of yarrow liver compresses  
Liver compresses are commonly applied in integrative cancer treatment and are believed to have an energizing effect. A randomized pilot study was conducted to investigate the influence of yarrow liver compresses on the autonomic nervous system by analyzing heart rate variability in metastatic cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and suffering from cancer-related fatigue. The study found that this application led to increased sympathetic activity during daytime in the intervention group, whereas in the control group, which did not receive any external application, increased parasympathetic activity. The study is open access:  
https://doi.org/10.1177/15347354221081253


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