A healthy colon is essential for your overall well-being. In a healthy colon, muscle contractions move waste through the intestinal tract to stimulate a normal bowel movement. An unhealthy colon, on the other hand, is less able to expel toxins in a timely manner.
What happens if toxins are not eliminated from the colon on a regular basis?
A healthy colon is essential for your overall well-being. If your digestive systems is unable to eliminate all of the fecal matter in your colon, over time, toxins may start leaking into the bloodstream, a process known as “leaky gut syndrome.” This may contribute to various degenerative diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and chronic constipation. Other symptoms of toxins in the bowel may include, bowel obstruction, inflammation, back pain, bloating, skin problems, fatigue, moodiness, depression and excess intestinal gas – and that’s just to name a few.
Statistics show that constipation and other digestive disorders afflict 1 out of every 5 people in America, with the average person carrying approximately 10-15 lbs of impacted waste in their colon. It is estimated that 30 percent of Americans suffer with chronic constipation. It is also estimated by the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse that over 4 million Americans suffer from constipation symptoms frequently, which leads to 2.5 million visits to the doctor every year.
The colon is one of the most neglected organs in your body. You colon is just as important for health, as all the other organs in your body. In fact, a healthy colon can be the determining factor between feeling healthy or feeling fatigued or sick. Therefore, to live a healthier life where you are feeling great, it is absolutely crucial to make sure that your colon is functioning properly.
What is a Colon Massage?
Colon massages are one of the most effective methods that not only help relieve constipation, but also helps to strengthen and tone your digestive tract for eliminating accumulated fecal matter properly. When performed correctly, a colon massage can help loosen-up compacted fecal matter, so the muscles in the colon can move the waste along in a more effective manner.
Self colon massage sessions should last 20-30 minutes, with five minute “warm-up” phases to develop your rhythm and pressure and five minute “cool-down” phases to gradually ease the pressure applied. If you suffer from chronic constipation, it is recommended that you perform an external colon massage at least three times a week. If performed correctly, you will begin experiencing less pains from gas, bloating, and cramping. Once you start having proper bowel movements on a regular basis, you will start to feel more energized and refreshed.
Colon Massage Instructions
1. Performing an external colon massage is quite simple. However, it is always best that you don’t rush the process.
2. Find a quiet and relaxing place to lie on your back. Lying on your bed or couch is ideal, but you may also try administering a colon massage while taking a warm, relaxing bath. Wherever you do it, try to lie as flat as possible.
3. In the event you are not in the bath tub, grab some lotion or massage oil to apply on your skin before beginning with the massage.
4. Starting in the lower right quadrant of your abdomen, near the appendix, on the right side just above your hip, use the finger tips of both hands and push down as gently and as comfortably as possible. Then move your fingertips in a circular, massaging motion. Always apply light pressure and avoid compressing painful areas.
Note: The best methods for colon massages, is to use small circular motions with your hands. For best results, try alternating between clockwise and counter-clockwise motions. You should also try experimenting with different massage patterns, such as elongated ovals, zigzags, and short “rubbing” strokes. You can also vary which parts of your hands apply the pressure. Determine which movements benefit you most.
5. Slowly, make your way up the right side of your abdomen, just beneath the ribs. Using small circular motions, move across your abdomen just above your belly button; follow your colon down to your groin area, toward your left hip.
Note: When massaging your stomach, if you encounter any areas where it is painful, try massaging the spot gently for an extra minute or so. If the pain continues to persist after a few days of colon massage therapy, it is advised to consult with your healthcare provider.
5 Benefits of Colon Massage
- Relieves tension and relaxes the muscles surrounding the colon, promoting a healthier digestive system.
- Helps remove toxins by stimulating internal detoxification processes.
- Built up fecal matter is dislodged from the walls of the intestinal tract.
- Blood flow is increased within the abdominal cavity which, in turn, delivers more life-sustaining oxygen to the vital organs.
- Provides basic comfort and soothing heat through touch therapy.
Practicing colon massage can greatly enhance the cleansing procedure by toning your intestinal tract’s internal musculature for improved strength and resilience. Plus, they are a great complement to a colon cleansing program. Just remember, a clean and healthy colon is one of the strongest assets you can have for preventing illness and disease!
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM
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