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What is Constipation?

Constipation is a common phenomenon among various age groups, and it can be often solved or lessened by taking more fiber, drinking more water, or increasing physical activity. When one has persistent abdominal pain with constipation, no urge for bowel movements, and/or frequent strain with bowel movements, medical treatment should be sought.

There are various bowel conditions that can contribute to abdominal pain with constipation, lack of urge for bowel movements, and strain with bowel movements. These include Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

Laxatives are often prescribed to ease constipation, but this does not address the source of constipation. When there is a mechanical factor contributing to constipation, such as active trigger points in pelvic floor muscles, abdominal scarring after surgery, abdominal and pelvic floor muscle incoordination following childbirth, or a bad fall onto the tailbone, pelvic floor physical therapy can help.


Treatment for Constipation

A whole body approach should be considered when providing pelvic floor physical therapy for constipation. Constipation treatment takes into accounts of muscle imbalance (trigger points), body alignment, posture, neural impingement, visceral (internal organ) mobility restriction, and the influence of respiratory diaphragm.

For more information on how a whole body treatment approach can change one’s constipation, please fill out the contact form or call the office.

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