Osteopathy Treats Constipation

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“Disease cannot exist where there are no obstructions.” Dr A.T. Still

Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass. So passing stools less than usual could be a sign of constipation. Other symptoms of constipation may include stomach ache and cramps, feeling bloated, feeling sick, loss of appetite and lack of energy. Constipation has many possible causes. Constipation most commonly occurs when waste or stool moves too slowly through the digestive tract or cannot be eliminated effectively, which may cause the stool to become hard and dry.

Constipation is not uncommon in acute fevers, the first few days of holiday, following surgery, emotional upset, limited dietary fiber (indigestible plant matter), not enough fluids, lack of physical activity and specific medications. If it persists for no good reason, it should be investigated, especially as some serious bowel disorders are heralded by changes in bowel habits.

Impaired spinal mechanics and mobility can affect bowel function. These conditions include degenerative conditions of the disc and spinal joints, chronic stiffness of the spine and pelvis, and acute joint strains with localised inflammation which may impact on nerve function. Some children and adults who are born breech can experience constipation due to early stress in the lumbar and pelvic area. Serious disc prolapses can cause not only loss of movement in the bowel but urinary retention and leg paralysis. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. It is important not to over-treat constipation with laxatives in place of seeking medical advice

Conventional medical treatment for constipation typically consists of dietary modification, increased fluid intake and exercise frequency, but many people do not respond to these interventions. Over the counter and prescription medications can help relieve the symptoms.

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