If you have recurring hemorrhoids, chances are you have constipation as well. And if you’re having difficulties whenever you poop, then you are probably ready to try just about anything—fiber, stool softeners, cleanses, squatty potty—to experience some form of relief.
Well, you probably haven’t tried doing a perineal massage yet. The perineum is the length of skin between your genitals and your butt. This body part contains a pressure point that can ease constipation symptoms when it is massaged.
A Study Says a Massage Can Help
This isn’t some old wives’ tale. In fact, a lot of pregnant women are being advised to massage this part in order to relax the area and prevent laceration during labor.
A study from the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine that was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine also confirmed the effectivity of this massage.
A group of about 100 people suffering from constipation took part in this study. At the end of the four-week trial, 72% confirmed that the perineal pressure technique helped soften their tools, and that they experienced an improvement in their bowel movement. 82% of the participants said they would continue practicing the technique, while 72% said they would recommend it to family and friends.
Constipation is no laughing matter. This is a serious medical condition that needs to be addressed right away. So if you’ve had enough of bran cereal, and you’ve already had your fill of fluids and exercise, it won’t hurt to give yourself a massage down there. And unlike laxatives, this one won’t give you any side effects.
If any of these things still won’t work and your hemorrhoids are still giving you a hard time, it’s time to visit a Los Angeles proctologist to discuss a more aggressive treatment. The Proctology Institute offers minimally invasive surgeries to remove hemorrhoids permanently.
To know more about the effects of perineal massage on constipation, you can check out this video here.