• Bowel frequency less than 3

  • Stools in a week

  • Strain to go to pass stools

  • Urge to go after you have a bowel

  • Movement

  • Feel Bloated and gassy


What is Constipation


Constipation is a general term that is used to describe difficulty with bowel movements, which is characterized by unsatisfactory defecation due to less frequency of stools and/or difficulty passing stools.


Types of Constipation


  • Functional Constipation: Dysfunction between pelvic floor muscles and passing of the stool

  • Structural Constipation: A structural defect affecting mobility or causing obstruction to the passage of stool i.e. rectal prolapse can often cause obstruction to complete defecation.

  • Secondary Constipation: Constipation due to other underlying disease process

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Recurrent abdominal pain at least 3 days per month in the last 3 months associated with either change in frequency or form of stool and/or feeling alleviating   symptoms after bowel movement.



@i Health

At i-Health Physical Therapy, we offer comprehensive program in management of constipation.

  • Behavior modification, education about proper high fiber diet (25-35 grams daily), importance of exercises for improved   bowel mobility

  • Interventions includes teaching and having patient learn to make changes that will include proper timing, positioning and   pushing for defecation.

  • Use of Biofeedback to reinforce this behavior by practicing this simulated defecation

  • Balloon assisted neuromuscular reeducation

  • Education about self and assisted abdominal massage to promote colonic motility.

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