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ERIC Number: EJ794381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Abdominal Massage for the Treatment of Idiopathic Constipation in Children with Profound Learning Disabilities: A Single Case Study Design
Moss, Lucy; Smith, Melanie; Wharton, Sarah; Hames, Annette
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v36 n2 p102-108 Jun 2008
Chronic constipation is a common problem in people with learning disabilities. Treatment often involves dietary changes or long-term laxative use. The participants were five children with profound learning disabilities and additional physical difficulties. Their long-standing idiopathic constipation was managed by laxatives. Intervention lasted up to 35 weeks, during which participants received 20 minutes of massage at least twice daily. Parents were asked to maintain stable use of laxatives during the intervention phase, although some chose to withdraw laxatives during abdominal massage intervention. Abdominal massage appeared to result in stools of a more "normal" consistency in some cases. However, no significant differences were found in stool frequency. Parents reported that abdominal massage was a positive experience. In addition, they believed that massage was an effective treatment for constipation. As a result, laxative use was reduced in some cases, apparently with no ill-effects. These subjective beliefs were not, however, generally borne out by the objective results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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