Just as bladders can have problems holding due to weakness, so too can the bowel. The pelvic floor muscles are a group of 3 or so small muscles that help to close the bladder and bowel. So if you are having problems with the bowel, then pelvic floor exercise may help. On the other hand the pelvic floor muscles need to relax to enable us to empty our bowel. It should be easy and we shouldn’t strain. Straining pushes everything down and can cause prolapse. Constipation is a complex and distressing problem. If you are suffering in silence, why not come in and find out more about the help Physiotherapy can offer.
- Any form of faecal incontinence from very mild inability to control flatus (wind) to more embarrassing loss of liquid of formed stool (poo)
- Constipation or even just difficulty emptying and wiping
- Before or after bowel surgery
- Issues of frequency and urgency: you may find that you get the urge to empty the bowel suddenly and fear an accident may happen. You may find you go often in the day and this is bothering you.
- Rectal prolapse (this is where you might have a feeling that something “comes out” after emptying the bowel. You may need to push “something” back in. If this is anything like your problem it should be managed. If a Specialist opinion is needed this can be arranged via your G.P.
- Bowel or “posterior wall prolapse”. Also called sometimes still called “rectocoele”