What it is, how it manifests, and can physical therapy can help.
Constipation is a condition in which a person has fewer than three bowel movements per week, must strain to pass stool, and/or experiences a feeling of not fully emptying.
There are multiple factors that contribute to constipation, one of which can be difficulty relaxing the pelvic floor muscles to allow for the evacuation of stool, which is referred to as outlet dysfunction constipation. Other causes include dehydration, lack of exercise, poor fiber intake, medications, ignoring the urge to go, aging, travel, pregnancy, and problems with intestinal function.
Pelvic health physical therapy can help with education regarding good bowel health and habits and address any muscular or soft tissue issue that may be contributing to constipation.
Mendwell is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapy clinic serving patients in Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard. Our team of specialists are passionate about helping patients improve pelvic function, relieve pain, and get back to feeling their best. Reach out to learn how we can help.