What it is, how it manifests, and can physical therapy can help.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), sometimes referred to as spastic colon, is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (the colon) and can consist of cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea and/or constipation. The exact cause of IBS isn’t known and is likely different for each individual, but there are often a combination of factors at play including muscle contractions in the colon, nervous system dysregulation, a history of severe infection, early life stress, and changes in gut microbes.
Pelvic health physical therapy can be a very beneficial part of a multidisciplinary team in the treatment of IBS. Therapy typically consists of assessing the pelvic floor musculature to make sure there is adequate ability to relax the pelvic floor to allow for easier bowel movements (if symptoms are more constipation dominant). Your therapist can also assess and address abdominal dysfunction and provide specific manual techniques to improve large intestine function.
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.