| Bowel dysfunction includes constipation, fecal incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and pain with bowel movements. Bowel dysfunction may be independent or associated with other medical issues. Normal bowel function requires healthy muscles and nerves in the rectum and pelvis. As a person ages, the anal muscles may weaken, causing diarrhea, stool spotting, or the urgent need to have a bowel movement.
Constipation is not normal. It occurs when the colon's muscles are too slow, tight, or if the movement is compromised. PT Center for Women can help!
Women referred to PT Center for Women for bowel dysfunction will have a complete skeletal evaluation and rectal exam. Treatment will begin through intake history, discussion of normal bowel function, and anatomy of the pelvis and muscles. Our physical therapists will treat according to their findings during the exam. Stretching, home exercise programs, manual therapy techniques, and education will be indicated.