Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. With constipation stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Some people who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining, bloating and sensation of a full bowel. Physiotherapy has long been used by chronic constipation suffers to help promote regularity and reduce discomfort.

What is Chronic Constipation?

Chronic constipation is most common in children, women (especially pregnant women) and adults over the age of 65. It is also common after childbirth or surgery. It occurs when your colon absorbs too much water or when its muscle contractions become sluggish.
Possible causes of chronic constipation include structural problems in the colon, certain medical conditions (such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease) and certain medications for blood pressure, seizures and pain. Dehydration, travel and sedentary living are additional factors. As well as poor diet is the most common cause of constipation.

The Role of Physiotherapy in Treating Constipation

Weekly physiotherapy adjustments may help eliminate chronic constipation in addition to treating low back pain and improving general well-being. Because constipation occurs frequently in the very young, many studies examining the role of physiotherapy on constipation have focused on this group. Performing a full spine therapy session in constipated children decreased straining, pain, rectal bleeding, and improved bowel movement frequency.

A Dietary Approach

Almost everyone experiences constipation at some point in their life and a poor diet or lack of exercise typically is the cause. Most constipation is temporary and not serious and lifestyle changes will help relieve symptoms and help prevent them from recurring. Physical therapists understand the importance of a healthy diet in treating and preventing chronic constipation and can advice you on beneficial dietary habits for this health purpose. They may also engage to help you eliminate your chronic constipation include boosting your consumption of high-fiber foods, drinking additional amount of water, reducing your caffeine intake limiting your intake of low-fiber food and engaging in daily exercise.

Other Natural Approaches

There would also be some natural approaches that may help with chronic constipation including dietary supplements, abdominal massage, warm baths and other home remedies. But remember, before using a diet or other approaches always speak to your physical therapist in order to avoid any negative results. He can help in the treatment of your chronic constipation.

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