Effect of abdominal massage technique on constipation for post stroke patients: As a preventive measure
Walaa Abdelwahab Mohamed, Jehan Sayyd Ali, Jehan Ahmed Gamal El-Deen and Sherif Nesnawy
Background: Constipation is a prevalent complication for stroke patients, but massage therapy for the abdominal area has been demonstrated to enhance digestive functioning overall, making it both a relief and a preventative precaution.
Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of abdominal massage technique as a preventive measure against constipation in post-stroke patients.
Methods: This is a quasi-experimental research design of 60 adult post-stroke patients who were purposively selected and classified into two equal groups of 30 each (Study and control group). The study was conducted at the stroke department of Minia University Hospital in Minia governorate. Data was collected using three tools: a structured interview assessment sheet for socio-demographic and medical data, a tool of two parts for assessing constipation, and the abdominal massage technique.
Results: The study group demonstrated a statistically significant difference in the prevention of constipation occurrence compared to the control group on the third day.
Conclusion: The study findings indicate that abdominal massage can significantly reduce the incidence of constipation in post-stroke patients.
Recommendation: The application of abdominal massage is an effective and safe intervention for the prevention of constipation, and it is recommended that an in-service educational training program about abdominal massage be implemented.
Walaa Abdelwahab Mohamed, Jehan Sayyd Ali, Jehan Ahmed Gamal El-Deen, Sherif Nesnawy. Effect of abdominal massage technique on constipation for post stroke patients: As a preventive measure. Int J Adv Res Med Surg Nurs 2023;5(1):101-111. DOI: 10.33545/surgicalnursing.2023.v5.i1b.123