Exercises to Reduce Constipation

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Touch therapist Rocco Caputo shows how to alleviate stomach pain.

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Rocco Caputo: Let's talk about bellyaches. Usually bellyaches can come from gas, or if you haven't pooped in a while. If it's coming from gas, we can play rock paper, no scissors. You take your left hand and make a rock, you take your right hand and make paper. You take your -- no scissors, you take your rock and put the rock right on the left side of your belly button, then take the paper and put the paper over the rock. Now we're going to take our rock and papers and bring it under the belly button and over the belly button, we're going to go around in a circle. We're going to do this 10 times. Will you do this with us?

Ready steady go. Rock, paper, no scissors, go under the belly button and over the belly button, we'll do this 10 times. That's two, around, that's three, around, that's four. Under the belly button, over the belly button, that’s six, around that’s seven, and that's eight, and nine, last time around, and that's 10. So, if your bellyache is coming from gas, then this should help. But if your bellyache is coming from not having pooped in a while, we have to do the poopy dance.

The poopy dance is really easy. We're going to take our hands and put it on our hips, we're going to rock our hips to the side 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Then we're going to take our hips and we're going to run them in a circle. We're going to do that twice. Okay, let's try that together. Ready, steady, go. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Perfect. Now we're going to add something. We're going to flap our wings and lift our knees. It's going to look like this. Flap and lift, flap and lift, flap and lift, flap and lift. Let's put that together.

Ready, steady, go. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Around, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 flap your wings, and one and two and three, and four, and five and six, and seven and eight. Perfect. At the end of this, we have to put in a funky chicken. That's where your knees and your elbows flap. So let's do that. Ready steady go. And flap your elbows and flap your knees. Flap your elbows and flap your knees. We're going to put this on the end of our poopy dance. Ready? We’re going to put the whole thing together now. 5, 6, 7, 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, flap your arms. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and funky chicken. Funky chicken -- you can do it in a circle if you want. This is freestyle, funky chicken. I hope this helps if you're getting constipated; and if not, maybe it'll make you laugh.