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Stomach bloating – the quick and effective self-massage to get rid of your trapped wind

Stomach bloating affects most people at some point in their lifetime, according to the NHS. But you could avoid feeling bloated by doing a simple stomach massage, it's been claimed.

Bloating can make the stomach feel swollen, hard, and it's generally quite uncomfortable.

Your bloating pain may be caused by eating certain gassy foods, or by eating too fast or too much.

But, one of the best and easiest ways to limit your risk of bloating is to do certain exercises.

This is the abdominal massage that you can do at home to prevent feeling bloated.

The massage helps to move stools along, according to the University of Michigan.

Subsequently, it should relieve any tightness or pressure inside the tummy, it said.

The massage includes rubbing the stomach in circular motions, starting on the right hand side.

Start just above the pelvis bone, and slowly move up toward the ribs. Slowly move straight across to your left ribs.

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Now, head down toward your left pelvis bone, before moving straight across the right pelvis bone.

"Massaging your stomach can help to move stool along the inside of your colon," it said.

"It may help relieve symptoms of tightness, pressure, cramping and bloating.

"Rub with your fingertips in a circular motion. You may press a little deeper with your fingers. Spend about one minute moving from the right hip bone to the right ribs then one minute across the middle [gently] and then one minute down to the left bone by your pelvis to the belly button.

"Repeat rub, always in clockwise motion, for 10 minutes."


If you're constantly feeling bloated, it may be caused by your diet choices.

For example, eating too many pears could be contributing to your bloating pain.

While pears are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, they tend to cause digestive problems in some people, nutritionists have claimed.

They contain fructose, which is a type of sugar that may not be fully digested.

You could swallow air by drinking through a straw, or by talking with your mouth full of food.

Speak to a doctor if your bloating symptoms don't go away, said the NHS.

It could be caused by something more serious, including ovarian or bowel cancer.

While stomach pain is unlikely to be caused by a type of cancer, it's always worth getting it checked by a medical professional.



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