Problems with bowel control include:
- Fecal incontinence – loss of control of your bowels
- Constipation- straining to have a bowel movement (BM), infrequent BMs
- Fecal urgency- strong urge to have a BM that seems uncontrollable and sudden
- Fecal frequency- too many BMs in a day
As with bladder problems, some bowel problems are caused by weakened pelvic floor muscles. Some may be due to overactive or dysfunctional muscles. We will work with you to determine what may be causing or contributing to your symptoms.
It’s important to note that your therapist can work with you even if you choose to take medications to help with your bowel problems. Often, we can help reduce the need for medications or help to maximize the benefit of the medications.
Patient education is a large part of regaining control of your bowels. Your program may include some changes in diet, exercises and even the position you use to have a bowel movement.