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The Effects of Abdominal Massage in the Management of Constipation in Elderly People

A Randomized Controlled Study

Baran, Ayşe, MSc; Ateş, Sebahat, PhD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April/June 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 134–140
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000223
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Objective: This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of abdominal massage in the management of age-related constipation.

Subject and Methods: Thirty participant control groups and 30 other participants constituted the treatment group. When the abdominal massage was applied to the treatment group for 15 minutes for 4 weeks, it was not applied to the control group.

Results: As a result of applying abdominal massage for 4 weeks, both groups had a significant increase in the diagnostic criteria of Rome III. According to Bristol Stool Scale, the constipation problems were improved in the treatment group.

Conclusions: Abdominal massage has been found as an effective method for the management of constipation commonly seen in the elderly.

Institute of Health Sciences, Üsküdar University, Istanbul, Turkey (Ms Baran); and School of Nursing, Maltepe University, stanbul, Turkey (Dr Ateş).

Correspondence: Ays ¸e Baran, MSc, Institute of Health Sciences, Üsküdar University, Mimar Sinan Mh Selman-ı Pak Cd. PK: 34664 Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey (

Funding for this work was provided by the researchers.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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