What are the nonpharmacologic treatments for managing constipation in multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Nonpharmacologic techniques of bowel management include proper positioning, abdominal massage, and digital stimulation. Abdominal massage performed in the direction of bowel peristalsis, from ascending toward the descending colon, can be useful. Finally, digital stimulation, in which a lubricated finger is inserted gently into the rectum and moved side to side along the wall of the rectum, can stimulate a bowel movement.


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