Bowel Dysfunction

Bowel dysfuntion includes constipation, fecal incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, IBS 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 another bowel problem that occurs when the colon's muscles are too slow, tight or if 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. The physical therapists will treat according to findings during the exam. Stretching, home exercise programs, manual therapy techniques and education will be indicated.