A great poop is no small feat, and there are a few methods to get you the best poop of your life. Stomach massage is one of them. Dr. Alice Jeffrey-Thomas, a pelvic floor physical therapist from Boston breaks down the rules of a great pre-poop stomach massage for her 593,000 TikTok followers.
In a video garnering over 11 million views and 1.3 million likes. Dr. Jeffrey-Thomas demonstrates a series of fist movements to perform across your abdomen to get things flowing down there.
Using your fist, spell out the following letters 10 times each across your abdomen: I, L, and U, before making a circular shape around your belly button.
According to research from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, stomach massages work by moving the stool around your colon. It can also help relieve symptoms of tightness, pressure, cramping and bloating.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center recommends doing stomach massages one to two times daily for 10 to 15 minutes at a time for optimal poops.
In a small 2016 study of 14 elderly people with Parkinson’s, those who performed stomach massages, alongside healthy lifestyle changes were less likely to experience constipation, according to the journal Parkinson’s Disease.
A more recent study in Digestive Diseases and Sciences successfully eased bowl movements in 37 patients.
Knowing that the research around it checks out, go ahead and treat yourself to a stomach massage or two. Your digestive system will surely thank you.
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