There are many causes of Constipation. Problems anywhere in the Gastrointestinal Tract can cause constipation. The Gastrointestinal Tract refers to the whole system or “pathway” from mouth to anus. The food is put in at the mouth, the food is processed in the stomach and small intestine. Waste becomes formed in the large intestine (colon) and waste (poo or “faeces”) is shunted to the rectum. The rectum is like a waiting room..messages go to the brain to say that something is waiting, we get the urge to empty the bowel, can hold on until we find a suitable place to get rid of the waste (“defecation”). Muscles of the pelvic floor control the exit at the anus. We also have a band of muscle called the “anal sphincter” which helps to give us control and prevent us having accidents or losing control before we get to the toilet. If we don’t get the right messages that something is there, or we put off going to the toilet for long periods, and for many other reasons, Constipation can happen.
It is normal to empty the bowel anything from 3 times daily to every third day, as long as we get an urge, can get to the toilet where the stool comes away without the need for straining.
Pelvic Floor Physios have specialised knowledge in how these muscles work. Therefore a Pelvic Floor Physio can help you to manage your Constipation problem. On the other hand, a Pelvic Floor Physio can help you to gain control if you are having difficulty controlling the bowel. Sometimes constipation can lead to loss of control. It can be quite complicated. However we can help you by working out what the origin of the problem is, and therefore how to start solving the problem.