A team at the ‘Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Professional Health Unit’ (Glasgow Caledonian University and Stirling University) are looking at whether the use of abdominal massage and bowel advice is more effective than optimised bowel care alone for the treatment of bowel problems in people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Bowel problems can limit the ability of patients to leave the house, cause pain, andother negative symptoms.
Abdominal massage has shown promise in a pilot trial already undertaken.
It is simple to learn and relatively easy to do, taking about 10 minutes per day. We now need to complete the testing of this procedure with a large number of people in the UK and we would really appreciate your help.
The study will take place at ten sites across the U.K. (including the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow).
If you would like to participate, you must suffer from constipation, be aged 18 years and over and in a relatively stable phase of MS. Some will be able to do the massage themselves; others will need to have someone willing to do it for them.