Constipation & Bowel Health in Vancouver
Constipation and Gut Health
Constipation – It’s something almost everyone has experienced at one point in their life and yet it is also something no one likes to talk about. Research says that between 15-20% of adults have constipation that is troublesome enough to seek medical attention. For reasons we don’t entirely understand, women experience constipation 2x as often as men.
In the United States, $500 million is spent annually on over the counter (OTC) laxatives every year! This demonstrates that many of you are out there treating yourself! This may not be a big deal for occasional constipation but chronic use of some types of OTC treatments can alter the function of the colon and rectum making the problem worse over time! There are so many options without any guidance – softeners, laxatives, fiber, probiotics, suppositories and enemas. How are you supposed to know which ones to use?
The colon is an amazing organ that helps the body eliminate things it no longer needs or can use. How it does this is actually quite complex. Your core muscles, including your Pelvic Floor, are vital for your colon to move stool along and empty easily on a regular basis!
In particular, your pelvic floor is the gateway out of your body! If you can’t lengthen and open your pelvic floor, you are going to strain and have a hard time with bowel movements. This straining over time can lead to hemorrhoids, pelvic organ prolapse and hernias.
Treatment for constipation at Pinnacle may include:
Nutrition review and counseling related to constipation
Healthy habits to improve gut motility and get the gut into a more regular routine
Whole Body physical assessment looking at breathing, abdominal mobility, pelvic floor muscles, and more.
Abdominal and GI massage
Pelvic floor muscle coordination training if these muscles struggle to relax and lengthen for a healthy bowel movement
Education and guidance on foundational health concepts involving the #1 detox pathway of the body—> our colon
If you ready to normalize your bowel movements, learn more about how to integrate your core movements to optimize your colon function and stop straining, make an appointment to come in for a comprehensive head to toe evaluation and get on the path to healing.
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