Pelvic Health Physiotherapists can offer treatment for the following conditions - Follow the links below to get more information and useful advice:
Constipation refers to infrequency or difficulty opening your bowels, where stools may be hard, lumpy or painful to pass.
Further information and tips for avoiding constipation can be found below:
It is important that you regularly check your stools to rule out more serious conditions that can affect bowel function.
Key signs and symptoms to look out for can be found on the bowel cancer UK website-Bowel Cancer Symptoms
It is important to avoid straining if you are having difficulty opening your bowels.
Repetitive straining can weaken your pelvic floor and increase your risk of developing complications such as haemorrhoids.
Adapting the position you use to sit on the toilet can help ‘straighten out’ the back passage, which makes it easier to pass stools. This sheet gives information about the best position to use- Correct Position for Emptying Bowels
It’s important to ensure you relax your pelvic floor muscles when emptying your bowels, and difficulty relaxing the pelvic floor can contribute to problems with emptying.
The video below guide you through techniques to encourage relaxion of the pelvic floor whilst on the toilet:
Pelvic floor dysfunction can contribute to difficulties emptying the bladder and/or bowels. This can be due to either a weak or a tense pelvic floor. Assessment by a pelvic health physiotherapist will be able to guide you on whether your pelvic floor muscle needs strengthening or releasing if the above tips haven’t worked.
Bowel control problems can affect people in different ways:
Sudden urges to poo that you can’t control
Accidental bowel leakage
Being unable to hold on to wind
The information below may be helpful:
Weak pelvic floor muscles can contribute to bowel control problems. They can be strengthened by doing regular pelvic floor muscle exercises. This animation shows the location of your pelvic floor muscles - Anatomy of the Male Pelvic Floor
This video explains how to do pelvic floor muscle exercises (also known as Kegels) Male Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor exercises are also explained in these leaflets:
Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises (for men) - This booklet is written by the POGP (Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy), a UK based Physiotherapy Professional Network affiliated to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Healthy bowel habits are important as straining to empty your bowels can make symptoms worse:
For more support you can contact the Bladder and Bowel Community
Maintaining a healthy weight can help to alleviate bladder and bowel symptoms - Weight Management
If you would like further help with this you can self refer to the Adult weight management service : Request for Support for losing weight (office.com)
Stopping Smoking can help to alleviate bladder leakage by reducing coughing associated with smoking - Help Me Quit
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and partners have developed the ‘melo’ website to look after the mental wellbeing of its residents. Melo can help you to develop new skills that will support you when life is difficult.
If you have tried the exercises and advice but still feel you would like to see a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist regarding any ongoing bothersome symptoms, you can request a referral from your: